Keeping an Eye on the Desert

As a frequent traveler in and out of the Palm Springs Valley, I find that whenever I’m away from the desert, I’m always anxious to see what’s happening at home.  Sure, with the proliferation of social media postings I’m often kept up to date with the comings and goings of friends and colleagues, but on occasion I have a hankering to know what’s going on “right now.”  And with the camera technology that has popped up throughout the communities of the Greater Palm Springs Oasis, that couldn’t be easier.

Although our desert climate is pretty consistent, it’s easy as pie to find out exactly what’s happening weather-wise from one end of the valley to the other.  The Indian Wells weather cam—located not far from my home in Rancho Mirage—points up at Eisenhower Mountain to show me what’s going on in the eastern part of the valley. //

Heading in the other direction, I can now utilize the newly installed “Marilyn Cam.”  Yes, our new desert beauty—the 26-foot-tall statue of Marilyn Monroe striking her iconic pose from the movie “The Seven Year Itch”—is outfitted with a 24-hour camera that displays who is waiting in line to have their close-up with the leggy blonde…AND to tell me exactly what kind of weather pilgrims are experiencing at her feet.  Forever Marilyn, by sculptor Seward Johnson, will be on display through at least June of 2013, making Ms. Monroe about the most popular gal in town—and always camera-ready.

And if you’re looking to see what’s happening up in the mountains, there are two cameras set up at the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.  One shows the tram cars’ movements; the other, positioned at the top of the mountain, points into Long Valley near the Mountain Station.  The upper camera can prove quite handy when trying to determine if winter snow is present—and it can help you figure out if you’re willing and able to hike in it!    //

I love that no matter where I am in the world, I can still catch a glimpse of some of my favorite places on earth!