Tuesday, March 29, 2011



       Our discovery of California continued as we made our first journey to Palm Springs and environs.

      The area continues to grow in the Coachella Valley, surrounded by mountains.
       Our route in via the 111 took us past a growing wind turbine range. Good to see this.
Part of the allure is the visual connection of palms and the San Jacinto Mountains including snow caps.
The mountains reach 8-10 Thousand and they are a constant companion.

That mix of sun saturated light, shadows on the mountains, clouds, green and dry mild air drew a Hollywood crowd in the 40's and 50's.
Palm Springs began it's growth in the mid 50's.  Now it has expanded to Palm Desert,
Rancho Mirage, Indian Wells and beyond.  Still it is a play ground and 
center of Modern Architecture.
The pool was designed by a fraternity brother who has created an impressive career as an artist.  
Another fraternity brother has recently moved to the peaceful beauty of Palm Springs.
I told Bill, his new place reminds me of a tranquil resort.

The area is still a magnet for the famous and wealthy. But many others are now able to enjoy what was once an exclusive playground.
The demographics tend toward boomers and up.
The Living Desert Park, though, was full of baby strollers and young ones.
And a few wild ones.
They too seem to enjoy the magnificent views.

I'd love to show you some of the spectacular Modern Architecture,
but most of it is behind walls, gates and tucked in private enclaves-though most of the
public structures reveal the influence.
In a future post-some incredible Palm Springs Botanical scenes.
See you down the trail.

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