HAPPY NEW YEAR!
The start of this New Year has been incredible. The last time I posted, we were ready to move on from here. But since, we have warmed up to this place. REALLY warmed up infact... the weather has been incredible! The wind stopped before Christmas, and it has continued to get warmer with each day. The last few days have reached the 80's and the direct sun has felt more like the 90's.
Jeff's ankle continues to improve, so we're able to go a little bit further each time we hike... and there certainly are alot of hikes around Palm Springs.
Yesterday was our Anniversary, so we celebrated with breakfast at IHOP and then what must be the best hike in Palm Springs. It better be the best, because it costs $9 per adult for entry.
Our hike was at the Indian Canyons. There are many trails, and 3 Canyons to choose from. Andreas Canyon, Murray Canyon, and Palm Canyon. We went to Palm Canyon... a 15 mile long canyon with palm trees and streams.
|View down into the canyon from the parking lot.|
We took so many pictures, we cant begin to share the experience...
When we reached the canyon floor again, we were ready for a cool-off break, and we found the perfect place.
We removed shoes and socks and enjoyed it to the fullest!
What a Great Day!
On New Years Day... when the sun went down, we had our first fire since being here. We didnt think we could have a fire... but we asked, and as long as we keep the screen on our fire pit it is allowed! Every one in our little neighborhood came, and we had a wonderful time.
Such a good time, that we're having another neighborhood fire tonight. Jeff and I drove out into the desert (around the corner) and collected a pile of old lumber someone had thrown out.
Having not blogged for 10 days or so... its making it hard to remember all we've done. But thankfully we take pictures!
One of our days out roaming, took us to Pioneertown, out of Yucca Valley.
I will let you read about it yourself...
We took an enjoyable stroll through the little old town.
Mmmmm.... just took a break to eat our late Anniversary Steak dinner . The original plan was to grill Steaks last night, ON our anniversary, but 2 things... Stater Bros was out of their New York Steaks (that were on sale) AND we were too exhausted and not that hungry. But tonight it was awesome.
The same day that we visited Pioneertown, we went for a hike on the trails at the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve in Morongo Valley. It was a good hike... I think it was the first hike after our attempt of the Araby Trail.
We thought this was interesting to find in the middle of one of the trails...
Lets see... what can we tell you about next?
Thursday night we went to Villagefest, this is the downtown Palm Springs Street Fair. We took our neighbors, Julie and Bill, with us... and fun was had by all. We picked the perfect Thursday to attend... it was a very warm pleasant evening.
|Jeff & Sheryl with Julie & Bill and Nick|
Until our visit to Indian Canyons, our favorite hike was one we went on last week at Whitewater Canyon. The Pacific Crest Trail passes through here.
Following the Pacific Crest Trail either South or North, would take us 219.1 miles to Mexico or 2445.4 miles to Canada. We opted for the South trail... but we didn't quite make it to Mexico. Surprise... surprise.
After our hike this day, we had our first game night planned. Geez... what took so long? We really enjoy getting together with others and playing games. Its certainly not the competition that makes it so fun... its the chatter and the silliness. Games loosen people up. If you dont know someone... play a game with them!
We got together with Jeff and Patty (we met at Carl Washburne SP in July) and Fred and Trudy (they're from New York). We met at Fred and Trudy's park model home.
The memorable moment of the night was when Patty managed to roll her dice into her wine.
Fun Night... Thanks Fred and Trudy for having us over!
Well... Im not done, but Im being called out to the fire. Yet another fun evening awaits.
I will continue the blog tomorrow hopefully... or... maybe the next day.
Not sure what we have planned for tomorrow.