Palm Springs Diary / The End: Jackalope Ranch …

It’s a Beautiful Day Today  / Moby Grape

Palm Springs Diary – The End

If you’re guessing we had a pretty good time in Palm Springs, I’d say “Yeah!!” But I really didn’t mean to make it into an encyclopedia. Pardon me on that. We were only there one week, but we did quite a bit – coulda done more. But I doubt we’ll ever get back that way again.

As I said to a friend: My ‘WIsh List’ has changed to a ‘Bucket List’. Palm Springs was never really on either list … so I view this excursion as a nice happenstance. And it was.

On my real Bucket List I really have only one event: to sail on the Legendary Bluenose schooner – out of Halifax, Nova Scotia. I have my doubts that will ever manifest.

Visit to Jackalope Ranch

I think we found Clint’s Hog …

2 at the entrance

To Celebrate our last evening before heading back to Calgary (snow) we headed for the Jackalope Ranch – another of the Kaiser Family of Restaurants – which also included the Palms Springs Hogsbreath Inn (which we missed out on as it closed just before we go here)

The Jackalope

The Legendary Jackalope

The Jackalope is a mythical animal of North American folklore described as a jackrabbit with antelope horns.

“The Jackalope has bred the rise of many outlandish (and largely tongue-in-cheek) claims as to the creature’s habits. Even President Ronald Reagan enjoyed the legend as he humorously teased reporters in 1980 during a tour of his Californian ranch, where he had a rabbit head with antlers mounted on his wall. …”
More …

There you have it …

hog 2
I wuz tokkin’ about the statue
Side Entrance
Jose’s wagon ?
garden foutain
Front gardens

garden fountain 2

jackalope garden
Inside garden

rose at jackalopes

in the garden
A nice way to end our trip

Palm Springs Diary / Part 8: Return to Idyllwild

Misty Roses / Tim Hardin

Return to Idyllwild

We knew it was going to be over 100 F in the valley so … Plan B: head back up to Idyllwild for the day.

1 vista
2 on a wall
On the wall
3 lizard
4 that's a big cone
That’s a big cone
5 big cone tree
Big cone tree
5a Rose at the Idyllwild Monument
Rose at the Idyllwild Monument
6 to the shops
To the shops !
7 Bonnie's Happy Look
Bonnie’s Happy Look
8 rocks 8 dollars a pound
Rocks: 8 dollars a pound
10 Rose at Divine Scents Candle Gallery
Divine Scents Candle Gallery
9 mikes
Mountain Mikes and bikes
11 covet thy cinnamon bun
Covet thy cinnamon bun
12 Rose and the 5 Dwarfs
Rose and the 5 Dwarfs
13 heading back
Heading back
14 view of coachella valley
View of the Coachella Valley
Where we go when it's hot

Palm Springs Diary / Part 7: Palm Springs Art Museum

Tim Hardin / Simple Song of Freedom (written by Bobby Darin)

Palm Springs Art Museum

Rose and I both studied Art … so off the Museum …









outside 2

passing by


coffee 2

Out on the sidewalk: former Patrons of Note:

Randolph Scott

Dale and Roy


Palm Springs Diary / Part 6: The Living Desert: Part 2

The Living Desert

white bird

red dragonfly
red dragonfly


Model train

train 2

camel lot
Camel lot


pet goat
Pet goat
Beautiful giraffes

giraffes 2

gate revisited
Outta here

Palm Springs Diary / Part 6: The Living Desert: Part 1: Marilyn’s Merry-Go-Round

The Living Desert

The Living Desert is a Zoo and Botanical Garden … of sorts – with a theme of the world’s Deserts – it’s plants and creatures – plus other attractions. It’s large. You could probably spend the whole day here if you wanted to.

I have to confess though, that I’m not a big fan of Zoos. A lot of the animals don’t seem very happy to me. Just sitting there. Not that you can always tell … I mean what does a happy turtle look like? They don’t wag their tails or anything …

Anyway … still plenty to see.

Zoo map

at the entrance
At the Entrance
Have you hugged your coyote today?
Cactus garden
Cactus Garden
Palm Forest
Palm Forest
In the glade
In the glade

Marilyn’s Merry-Go-Round

Marilyn's Merry-Go-Round

Marilyn's Merry-Go-Round Poster

Rose Lion
Rose roars !
A steed of renown 
Lets' ride !
Lets’ ride !
Yeee Hawww !
Yeee Hawww !

hummingbirds 2

Near by plaque
Nearby memorial

hummingbirds 2

Jackalope /  Zoo infirmary
Jackalope in Zoo infirmary

Palm Springs Diary … Part 5: Visit to Joshua Tree …

Joshua Tree National Park

Didn’t know much about Joshua Tree National Park – except that it was big – and had a good circle route drive – up through the High Desert.

So we stocked up on water and headed out …

Joshua Tree Sign

Cholla Cactus Forest
Cholla Cactus Forest

Cholla sign

Ever had a bunch of cactus spines stuck in you? Not pleasant. Many cactus spines have barbs and are not easy to get out. They also can easily penetrate a lot of footwear. Yeah.

Cholla castus forest ...
Careful … 

road runner

Rugged Landscape
Rugged Landscape

Sculpted rocks

Joshua Tree rock formations 3

Joshua Tree rock formations 1

Joshua Tree rock formations 4

Joshua Tree rock formations 5

Desert Landscape

Joshua Tree

Prickly Pear Cactus

Arch rock
The Arch


Resting …
Joshua Tree 2
… In the shade of a Joshua Tree

road runner

Palm Springs Diary … Part 4: Visit to Pioneer Town … Part 2

Pioneer Town 

On the way  in …

on the way in

rock formations

hummingbirds 2

Time for a break … 
sign says
sign says … thataway
no place like home
be it ever so humble …
Shrine 3
Shrine 3
Shrine 4
Shrine 4 – the Town potter is a Buddhist
Geronimos Cadillac
Geronimo’s Cadillac ?
Shrine 5
Shrine 5 … stealing is bad karma …
Mandala - Mayan Calendar
Mandala – Mayan Calendar

road runner

Sheriffs Office - Post Office
Sheriffs Office – Post Office
The lock up ...
The Lockup … Locked up

Signing off



Geronimo's Cadillac

Palm Springs Diary … Part 4: Visit to Pioneer Town … Part 1

Pioneer Town 

Sigh says: “Population 99”. Must be on holiday.

On our map I spotted a place called Pioneer Town – which I hoped might be an authentic Western style attraction. But it turned out to be somewhat of a tacky tourist trap. And we also discovered upon arrival that most everything here was closed – only open on Weekends at this time of year – I’ve really been batting 1000 – No Hog’s Breath Inn – No giant Marilyn Monroe statue – and now we come to Pioneer Town and everything is closed. Sheeesh. But it still proved to be interesting and a bit of fun.

Jack Cass Saloon
The only jack ass in town
Window shopping
Window shopping … 

Hello !!??

stop the presses ...
Stop the presses !
Time for a bit of music ...
Time for a bit of music …
time for a nap
Siesta …
Town shrine
Shrine 1
Might as well steal sumpthin'
Nobody around …

… might as well steal sumpthin’

Start the car ...
Start the car …
Shrine 2
Shrine 2 … Jeremiah Johnson must be around here somewhere …
Church …
Bank, Barber, Brothel ...
Bank, Barber, Brothel …


Palm Springs Diary … Part 3: Meanwhile back at the Palace: Part 2: To the Pools …

Palace Pools

At the ‘Palace’ we had 8 pools to choose from. We humbly only used 2. One at a time.

Pool ... like glass, Baby
Like glass, Baby!
Pool ... the lap pool
The Lap Pool … not well used … by us.

jeremy bar

Pool 1 .... Rose
Pool 1 …. Rose
Pool 1 .... Rose too
Pool 1 …. Rose too
Pool 1 .... Me too
Pool 1 …. Me too
Pool 1 .... Me too 2
In water no one can see you’re fat.
Fountain and doves ...
Deluxe bird bath

hummingbirds 2

Palm Springs Diary … Part 3: Meanwhile back at the Palace: Part 1

Over the years I’ve travelled quite a bit – but I learned to ‘live on a shoestring’ because I was often low on money. But I learned that I could still enjoy life. And I did. I’m quite happy to travel cheap.

Roses has a bit of a different Idea. Not a ‘bad idea’ – but different.

So she finds this place called Legacy VillaLa Quinta – near Palm Springs – sort of a gated community of Luxury Condos – that you can rent. This was our ‘humble abode’ for our week here. Some might not think much of this ?? but it’s Palatial Living as far as I’m concerned.

Legacy Gateway 3 ...

Legacy Gateway 2 ...

Legacy Gateway ...

When we got here a Country Music Festival called The Stagecoach Festival was in full swing close by – so a number of the Condos were rented out for this occasion. But after the weekend we pretty well had the whole joint to ourselves – as this ‘Off Season’ here. It felt like we were living like Royalty.

Legacy Gateway fountain ...

Legacy gardens 2

the entrance
The front door
view from our balcony
Fountain below our balcony

fountain in the eve ...

out back ...
Out back
Rose hiding in our humble room
Rose hiding in our humble room
Quintus Flatulence III
Quintus Flatulence III … and fountain

Bring my chariot around to the front …


Palm Springs … YO !

Well, Rose and I are in Palm Springs

I will not really be making any posts about our trip until I get back … because I foolishly decided not to bring my laptop … thinking that resources here would be sufficient … WRONG ! so I haven’t really got any way to post our pictures except for what I fish off the net – as below – presently using the Net at a local library in La Quinta.


It’s been interesting and fun so far though …

Downtown Palm Springs

Onward !