Christine (electrastorm) wrote in curious_tourist,

La Quinta, California, and Joshua Tree National Park

I just got back from a trip to La Quinta, California, which is just outside of Palm Springs.

We flew from Vancouver to San Diego, then rented a car and drove from San Diego to La Quinta.

I officially want to be a snowbird someday. As you can tell by my gushing, I fell in love with this region of California. I like the desert, it's such a contrast to the lush and rainy environment of the Pacific Northwest. It's an easy 2.5-hour flight from Vancouver to San Diego, and when we stepped off the plane, it was like being transported to the month of July: 28 to 30 degrees Celsius and sunshine every day. It's been raining in Vancouver for the last two months, so every fifth sentence that came out of my mouth for the first two days of my trip was, "I can't believe how warm it is.. etc etc."

I took a tour of The Living Desert, an animal and nature preserve in Palm Desert. And I also went on a 4x4 Jeep excursion through a canyon near the San Andreas fault line.

I was a little disappointed with Palm Springs, the city itself, I didn't think it was that great, even North Palm Canyon drive which is touted as a popular shopping district wasn't that great. The El Paseo area of Palm Desert is much nicer.

Sunday we drove through Joshua Tree National Park. A beautiful park!

A bunch of pictures behind the cut!

Along Highway 10, near Palm Springs, there are fields and fields of these windmill turbines.

Skull rock in Joshua Tree National Park.

Me and a Joshua Tree.

Cholla or "Teddy Bear" cactus.

Cacti garden.

Me again.

Hard to see, but these are mountain goats on a rocky hill.

San Andreas fault line.

The canyon where I took a 4x4 Jeep tour.

a roadrunner. Unfortunately, they don't go "beep! beep!"

La Quinta Resort

Oranges! I picked an orange off this tree and ate it.

Cactus, a big one.

The La Quinta Resort was built in 1926 and was a favourite getaway spot for some film stars and directors of yesteryear, like Greta Garbo, Frank Kapra, Clark Gable, Bette Davis, Errol Flynn and Katherine Hepburn.

The resort has five (!) golf courses. This one was a five-minute walk from our room. Too bad we're not into golf that much, we didn't play. Golf is an okay game, it's just that after the third hole, I start to lose interest.

Statue of former Palm Springs mayor Sonny Bono.

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