We were back in Palm Springs after attending the International Roofing Expo in Las Vegas but unfortunately the night we arrived in Palm Springs there had been torrential rain which killed our plans for the morning hike to go beyond Josie Johnston Vista Park.
If you know in advance that you have free time you can plan, however a couple of hours turned into four. Shopping has its limits, so I sat down in the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Café and looked out the window and thought of the day I could have had hiking in Palm Springs up on those ridges high above the town. Sitting drinking my coffee and people watching, I glanced up at the mountain slopes and decided to walk down the end of Tahquitz Canyon Way and see if I could stumble across another hiking trail.
Halfway down the street I looked around, and coming towards me was a group of hikers moving at a furious pace all decked out for a hike including walking poles, within moments they were gone barely checking the traffic as they crossed the road.
The hikers were on a mission
This group was on a mission and I wanted to know where they were going! I yelled out “Is there a hiking trail nearby”? By this time I was running to keep up with them, the young woman at the rear of the group call out “Dad where is this trail’? Dad wasn’t going to stop for anyone. “Do you want to go for a hike its a thousand foot ascent”? He said. “Yes I would love too but I’m not dressed for the occasion”. With my Wayne Cooper Bag draped over my shoulder I certainly didn’t look the part. I had a sudden image of me sliding down the muddy trail hanging onto my bag and shopping grabbing hold of rocks and then walking through Palm Springs covered in mud.
So I watch them disappear along Museum Drive.
Decided to follow the hikers
Hiking in Palm Springs wasn’t even an option, but nothing was stopping me from finding out where it was for a future visit. Off I went and managed to see them disappear into a carpark and they were gone. Arriving at the far corner of the carpark was the sign, the ‘Museum Walking Trail’ what a find another walking trail almost in the shopping centre of Palm Springs this is one of the hiking trails you dream of, you could literally step out of the wilderness and grab a latte at the local Star Bucks or better still a glass of chardonnay and stumble to your luxury accommodation for a nap.
I watched them disappear
From the carpark I could see them climbing the rocky trail, how I wished I was having that experience, this time of the year was perfect the air was cool. It’s not a pastime you would be contemplating during the hot Palm Springs summer. I watched till they disappear over the ridge still hearing the occasional yells.
Back to the Shops- more time to kill
By now I should have had lunch but that last coffee squashed my appetite, so I continue walking along N Palm Canyon Drive. Just up ahead was an open area with loads of gleaming white marquees, while waiting to cross at the traffic lights I thought it might be one of the many events they seem to host in Palm Springs.
Local Art Market
To my surprise it was a market, not the sort where you can buy an assortment of bric-a-brac or a Farmers Market this market featured only art. Everything from jewelery to paintings, pottery all upper market stuff. The locals were out in force with their dogs, wandering around contemplating which piece of art they would purchase this weekend.
There were a few tourists like myself, bemused by this event the location, the backdrop the brilliance of the marquees against the bright green grass and snow capped mountains was quite captivating. It was as if a door was momentarily open to another life and then closed.
Did I buy anything?
Well after coming very close to spending money on a piece of jewellery I probably would never have worn I left to find my boss who had been keeping me waiting all this time. By now it was late afternoon too late for lunch and really too early for dinner. But I wasn’t going to go back to the accommodation, best to have an early tea there is no shortage of options in Palm Springs. Tomorrow I will be leaving to go back to the land of Oz. I did enjoy my 4 hours in down town Palm Springs but just for the record there is so much to do here… check out the hiking trails in Palm Springs for yourself.
See you on my next walk…