Palm Springs: 40 days in the desert.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The last 2 entries have been a summary of the past 5 years of my life. You're missing the final chapter of the summary.

I also haven't documented what I've done in the past 10 days. Last thing I wrote was my drive to Idyllwild as a P.S. for the uploaded photos in Part 1 of the summary.

Mostly what I've been doing is jog 10kms every other day. Then ride my bike 30 to 40 kms on the days I don't jog. After that I've been laying by the pool getting a good tan and chatting with people at the various coffee shops. In the evenings I've been working on sorting through my thousands of photo files from my various trips. It's been a very productive time as I've sorted through all my European Motorcycle Expedition photos and the photos I've taken on the current journey. The last photos I uploaded to my website are from the first days in Newfoundland at the end of August. I now have a couple thousand more photos to put on my website. Next project...if I can find the time.

In between working, drinking coffee, and exercising I have done some other activities. I went to the movie theater 3 times, saw Valentine's Day, Up in the Air and Avatar (in IMAX). Went to the La Quinta Art Festival and saw the most amazing and creative art work. I fell in love with so many art pieces that I could have spent a million dollars there. But then, I would need a 50,000 sq. foot house to display it all. I also spent an afternoon at the Palm Spring Art Museum viewing the photography of Linda Connor and the Architecture of John Lautner. It was an inspirational visit.

I also went on a 2 hour tour of the O'Donnell House and had an educational lesson on the history of Palm Springs by Laura (the tour guide). There I met Cynthia, visiting from San Diego, where she invited me to join her for supper at Wally's and then some wild dancing at the Nest. A great time was had.

My time in Palm Springs ended with a drive through Joshua Tree National Park (and a hundred or so more photos to sort through) and a final motorcycle ride through the desert valley towns and coffee in La Quinta.

Something else happened in the past week but will not be reported here. Lessons were to be learned. Someone learned their lesson. I doubt the other person was even aware they had a lesson to learn. But hey, that's how life is.

My summary of Palm Springs. AMAZING!

Yes, there are a lot of older people here. But I think it's great for them. The snowbirds stay active instead of cooped away indoors all winter. This older generation stays active on the golf course, riding their bikes, jogging, going for walks, swimming, playing tennis. Unfortunately, too many individuals cannot afford to visit or come live in the warmer climate every winter.

I had a great time spending 40 days in the desert. I'll have to come back and visit another time. But when?

I would love to continue with a tangent on the 40 days Christ spent in the desert, but I won't. It would serve no purpose. I learned my lessons.

Think It! Feel It! Live It!


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