One reason we travel is to visit a place different from where we have lived. We’re not necessarily looking for “exotic” or “foreign,” though those are welcome, too, but, with time and experience, we’ve learned to appreciate and enjoy beautiful sights, no matter how modest – even ordinary – they might seem.
The walk in Tahquitz Canyon was a surprisingly monotone range of muted colors in the hot sun. A flash of color appeared.
His reply, “Will I make a lot of money?” We all laughed.
Another day, another hike… This time we headed for a palm oasis in the Coachella Nature Preserve.
A few days later we found a hiking trail new to us. Or maybe we should have said we followed others up a trail we had never hiked. It was a perfect day for a walk, and, before we knew it, we were on a trail. Someone stopped to let us pass and told us it was still quite a ways till we reached the waterfall. Really? We had no idea that’s where we were headed!
We do a weekly walk at Big Morongo Canyon Preserve, north of Palm Springs. Ahead of us a group had gathered, bent over to look at something on the ground.
The walk at Morongo is to look at birds. Usually we looked in the sky, at the top of trees, on distant bushes.
Our trip to hike the desert around Palm Springs was filled with many little different wonders. The whole trip was definitely greater than the sum of all those little sightings. When you take a trip to see that one great site, remember to look for all the little sights as well.