February 6th, 2009


Palm Springs

Palm Springs is only a 3 hour flight from Calgary, and after picking up a rental car it was a quick 2 mile drive to The Chase Hotel. This hotel proved to be a very good choice -- small, quiet and well-located, with clean, well-furnished rooms.

Our visit to Joshua Tree National Park turned out to be the coldest day of our vacation. Unfortunately, the cold and wind made it too unpleasant to be out of the car for more than a few minutes at a time, so we mostly just drove through from the Twentynine Palms entrance to the exit at Joshua Tree, taking side trips to Split Rock and Keys View. It was very quiet in the park. We saw only a few other tourists and some rock climbers. As part of a "virtual" geocache, I visited the site where Gram Parsons was cremated. I had read about this bizarre incident not long after it happened. There were no signs, but with GPS coordinates it was easy to find the location, which had some fan graffiti on the rocks. It's a pity we couldn't have spent more time hiking in the park. As with several other sites we were to visit, we only got a taste of what was there. We could easily spend much, much more time in the area.

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