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Palm Springs Diary / The End: Jackalope Ranch …

2 Jun

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

29 May

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

28 May

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

26 May

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

23 May

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 …

22 May

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

20 May

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

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