We had never lived in a warm climate in the wintertime. Thinking how we wanted to spend our traveling years centered on spending time in far-away, long-dreamed-of warm places. We stayed for a few winter months last year in sunny Palm Springs, California, liked it, and decided another visit was in order this year.
We often took our daily walk to the nearby La Mesa neighborhood where we discovered a private lane passing through land once owned by MGM, where stars like Clark Gable and Cary Grant once lived. We don’t look for “stars” as we stroll but rather for birds – as well as architectural and landscaping details. That’s what sparks our interest and brings us joy.
A cheery point in our walk comes when we pass a rather common plant of the desert southwest, an agave plant.
Sliding into Palm Springs for awhile in winter, we not only enjoy the warm weather but the fascinating Sonoran desert, an unexpected gift.