This morning we drove over to the Coachella Valley Preserve to the East of us. (I have put the link on here, but it is a terrible web site). This is where you can see a pretty awesome oasis called Thousand Palms, (this link is to a wonderful page with photos taken by a New Zealander. Don't know who he is, but the photos are great!) The Oasis is created by water that is coming up through the San Andreas Fault. From the Visitor's Center you walk about a mile to the beautiful pool in amongst the palm trees. After the oasis there is path to Vista point, a view point on a hill overlooking the valley. We went up there and took some photos. By midday the wind was starting to blow pretty hard, so down we came and drove down into Cathedral City for buns and gas for the car. Some photos from todays hike.
|Did not see any of these|
|The start of the trail|
|Boardwalk through the first part of the oasis|
|Beautiful cool, peaceful place.|
|Little bird waiting for insects|
|Walking up the hill to Vista Point|
|Trail signs. The hill in the background is Vista Point. You can see hikers up there.|
|View along the valley to the east|
|On Vista Point|
|Some of the wildlife ;-)|
|View from Vista Point|
|Lizard on a rock|
|Hills and rock formations|
|Chimney Ranch within the Coachella Preserve|
When we got back to the Resort, I went and had a nice soak in the hot spa and then sat in a sheltered spot and read my book until I was dry. Couldn't get into the pool as there was a very boisterous game of Water Volleyball going on.
Here are some more photos of the resort.
|Hot spa pool in the foreground and a kiddies paddling pool in the background|
|The view out of our back window. The San Andreas fault runs through that field somewhere.|