The Smoketrees are Blooming

First time I saw a Smoketree in bloom I almost ran the car off the road. For most of the year they are scrubby pale gray-green shrubs that colonize washes and vacant lots around Rancho Mirage. Many can be seen south of Highway 111 across from The River and a couple of blocks to the…

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Lucky and Bangkok 5

Reba and I have always loved Thai food and last evening we headed out with a friend to find some. Good news! Rancho Mirage boasts two Thai restaurants. Both are wildly popular. But last evening we knew exactly where to go for impeccable service, a serene environment and scrumptious fare. Bangkok 5, on Highway 111,…

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Morongo Shopping Mecca

On your way back to the Southland, just 20 minutes from Palm Springs headed west on Highway 10, there is a not-to-be missed shopping Mecca. It is worth a stop. Obviously thousands that stream by to and fro the Palm Springs Valley and points east know about the outlets. I’m not much of a shopper…

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Hiking in the Altitudes

June in the Palm Springs Valley guarantees three digit temps. Love the heat. Early morning walks, afternoons holed up with books that you’ve been meaning to read since they were unwrapped at the Holidays and nightly swims under the stars. Rancho Mirage resort guests are into summer too. They chaise lounge alongside our resort pools…

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Rancho Mirage at a Glance

With only 17,000 year-round residents Rancho Mirage is a small town. Yet in its 37 year history it has been a powerhouse playground for Hollywood celebrities and American Presidents. For a taste of this history visit Rancho Mirage’s City Hall and explore the galley of archival photographs that line the walls of the public spaces.…

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Hiking in the Palm Springs Valley

I’ve been hiking a lot lately. Spring has arrived this year with a particular vividness. Wild flowers and cactus are blooming in profusion. The azure sky is dotted with billowy clouds scudding eastward. Snow mantels the high peaks. The temperature in the mid to high 70’s degrees Fahrenheit is perfect for hitting the trails. All…

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