We rounded a curve to first glimpse the desert floor and this view of snow capped Mount San Jacinto with a small stand of palm trees all in one view. Oh what a nice refreshing sight.
Included along this string of desert towns is Indio, Palm Desert, La Quinta Desert Palm Springs and Cathedral City, where we're scheduled to spend six weeks at ORPS.
Palm Springs, about 100 miles east of Los Angeles, is the principal city of the Coachella Valley. It's the 1950s and '60s getaway place for many celebrities including Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack. Elvis and Priscilla Presley honeymooned here. These days, the area is mecca for snowbirds, retirees and golfers. Here's a link for more Palm Springs History and life.
Originally called Conchilla, meaning "Land of the Little Shells" the name change was forced when a printers error caused a brochure to contain to the misspelled word Coachella and the name stuck.
|Palm trees and snow capped mountains one minute and arid desert floor the next.|
|Roadside sand looks like snow.|
It's always interesting to take the rig through the suburbs and today was no different. The streets here are quite wide and smooth.
A half-hour later, we arrived at our Outdoor Resort Palm Springs. From here, I'll let the pictures talk.
|Referred to by the residents merely as ORPS|
|Both sides of the entrance have nice fountain pools and colorful flowers.|
|La Paloma Club House at ORPS. There are two large clubhouses, a dozen swimming pools with hot tubs and an equal number of tennis courts. The property has 27 golf holes on a short par 3 course.|
|Entry drive to ORPS|
|Typical street scenes in ORPS|
|Down this street and to the right is our street.|
During any given day the streets here carry about an equal number of bicycles, walkers and golf carts as automobiles. Wayne and I would rent a golf cart for our time here and use the bicycles regularly too. It's the only way to get around as there are very few parking spaces for them. Lots of golf cart parking spaces though.
|Across from the golf starters shack and the putting green.|
To the right is El Saguaro Clubhouse.
Outdoor Resort Palm Springs has over 1,200 privately owned sites. We rented through a real estate agent and pay $4 per day to the owners association as a resort fee. There is a daily pet fee of $2 per day too.
This resort is a walkers paradise with asphalt streets and pedestrian walkways everywhere. The activities calendar is pack-jammed with everything from aerobics to zumba. The property has a convenience store, a coffee shop and at least one restaurant open daily 6 - 8.
A few golf course shots....