Big, Big Bear

I was feeling the urge to go to the mountains to beat the heat and relax by a lake today and decided to go to Big Bear. Although not exactly close (it takes about two hours to drive up there), the trip goes by very fast, especially when ascending the winding roads that wrap the mountains. The beautiful scenery is the perfect distraction and the only thing that will occupy your mind are those perfectly matched shades of rolling greens.

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Borrego Springs

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I was asked the other day if I have ever been to Borrego Springs and I sheepishly admitted that no, not only I had never been to this place, but never heard of it, either. I had to make up for the time lost and decided to drive up there the very next day. The trip took about an hour and a half from Palm Springs and it was absolutely delightful to cruise through the magnificent landscapes of the Anza and Borrego State Park, the largest park in California.  Continue reading

Desert Jungle

IMG_0286We recently discovered that one of the family’s paintings is none other than a Sam Hyde Harris, a well-known desert painter born in 1889 and active until his death in 1977. The painting in our possession depicts a cluster of tall palm trees completely covered from tip to bottom with layers of old yellow frowns. They stand in a terrain made of whiter sand dotted with scattered bushes, set against a mountain chain. There was never a doubt that this picture resembled our desert, but the question was where was it painted exactly? This scenery looks a little bit wilder than the cove, than the hiking trails, than anything we have seen here so far. Well, the answer came when we ventured without knowing, to the Thousand Palm Oasis Preserve
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The Salton Sea

I’m a little ashamed to admit that I had never heard about the Salton Sea before moving to  the desert. Although called a ‘sea’, this is technically a lake accidentally formed from a deviation of the Colorado River that dried up several times throughout the millennia. In 1905 it was replenished again by a human error; engineers cut the bank of the Colorado River to further increase the water flow in the nearby agricultural fields. The resulting outflow overwhelmed the canal, and the river flowed into the Salton Basin for two years creating the sea.

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Araby Trail

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Bob Hope’s house is perhaps the most iconic and noticeable residence sitting on the mountains of South Palm Springs. I have always wanted to visit it, but it’s not open to the public and the private road that leads to it is guarded by a rather ominous sign that is either morbidly comical or disturbingly forewarning. So, what can a girl do to get close to this architectural wonder? Hike right to it, of course! Continue reading

The Cathedral City Cove Art Scene

Many desert residents and visitors might not know that Palm Springs’ neighboring town, Cathedral City, is equally vibrant with creative types and personalities. The hilly side of Cathedral City, named the ‘Cove’, is surrounded by spectacular rocky mountains and beautiful landscapes dotted by palm trees, perfumed jasmine, and colorful bougainvillea. It’s probably why it has been a preferred retreat for artists since the 1930s.

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Modernism Week

Since Palm Springs has the largest concentration of mid-century design in the world, it’s no wonder that architects, designers, and style enthusiasts alike often flock here to get inspired or to shop for mid-century furniture and unique paraphernalia. For the last nine years, Modernism Week has offered not only the chance for modern era aficionados to come together and mingle, but has proposed interesting programs to everyone who wants to discover the city of Palm Springs through its architecture.

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