You don't have to do peyote or dehydrate to the point of hallucination to see an oasis in the middle of the desert and I have the pictures to prove it! The Agua Caliente Cahuilla (Kaw-we-ah) Indians were said to be an industrious and creative tribe with a reputation for independence, integrity and peace. They thrived in this slice of paradise with an abundance of water, plants and animals. They grew crops of melons, squash, beans and corn. They gathered plants and seeds for food, medicines and basket weaving. It was a beautiful day when we explored their sacred land but I had to wonder what it would have been like in the heat of summer. Good thing Palm Canyon is the world's largest California Fan Palm Oasis - the palms must have come in handy for fanning each other.
A hike in the Indian Canyons is a perfect way to work off all those extra calories consumed while vacationing in Palm Springs! A taste of history is better for you than a taste of chili relleno... Why not take a moment to meditate in a grass hut? Or contemplate the beauty of life in all its simplicity? I enjoy hiding around rocks and screaming "boo" at just the right moment to my unsuspecting hiking companion...
This place was so beautiful we were convinced someone came in and planted all these palms! It was like the reverse of being in Vegas, on the grounds of Mandalay Bay or some such place, and thinking it was hard to believe it was real because it felt so fake. Does that make sense?
Here's how Mother Nature planted this garden: these black seeds drop from the palms and the wildlife eat them and if they are disposed of near water, the palms can take root. Amazing!
No artist could come close to creating a canvas like this... Next time you're in Palm Springs, and it's not too hot, tear yourself away from the pool and pay a visit to the Indian Canyons.