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Tessa the Voyeur

January 29th, 2017

          Is her ladyship Contessa Le Rouge, “Tessa”, secretly possessed of voyeuristic interests? And, if so, is she a practicing Voyeur?

          The master bathroom in my residence has a large roman-style shower/tub design below a large picture window. The window faces a walled garden area with an open side entrance. There are no curtains or shades on the window.

          Today while showering I turned to see my little doggy Tessa standing in the garden watching me. At times she approached the window and stood up against it as if to get a better view. Didn’t know whether to assume she appreciated the photogenic quality of her view. Don’t even know whether she considered the sight to be either “photogenic” or possessed of “quality”. Must confess to disappointment over her failure to linger longer than a minute or so. Have to assume her early departure from the area was not intended as editorial commentary resulting from her view.

          Should I be surprised to learn Tessa appears to have Voyeuristic instincts? If so, where did she acquire them? Would a puppy class designed to address the issue be appropriate? What if the newspapers learn her secret? Will this affect her AKC pedigree registration and possibly add a stain to her noble lineage?

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Rainbow Rocks Hike

January 29th, 2017
 
          Yesterday returned home, turned on pool-side Spa, applied Band-Aids where needed, removed wet socks and other clothing, took a shower, responded to puppy’s needs and took “Tessa” on her two-mile afternoon walk, returned home where I exchanged wearing apparel for a bathing suit, poured myself a glass of wine and headed for the 104 degree Spa where I was able to think only good thoughts of the earlier mid-day hike and our hike leader.
 
          My late afternoon recovery followed a mid-day hike in the Whitewater Preserve to Rainbow Falls with members of the Great Outdoors group. Our leader, Sherwood, is an experience hiker who has led previous hikes in the Preserve. We (started with twenty – three turned back) experienced the beauty of narrowing high canyon walls, spotted a Bighorn sheep looking down from high above us, cowboys controlling range cattle from a nearby reservation, lots of greenery and heavy brush on both sides of the path, and a stream bed filled to near-capacity that required crossing more than a dozen times. Some of the stream crossings are worthy candidates for tall tales at a future date.
 
          Rainbow Falls, our destination, proved inaccessible for the path we were on eventually became the stream bed. It left us two choices – wade or turn back. The expected group decision meant we’ll have to try another day for a hike to the Falls.
 
          Although we didn’t manage to reach our hiking goal, the seven or eight mile round-trip proved to be a great outing. Perfect hiking weather, blue skies and the continuous sounds of water running over rocks proved a welcome alternative to our world of asphalt and concrete.
 
          Another posted a hiking review in 2015 describing the Rainbow Falls hike, with photos. It’s worth viewing and is at http://bit.ly/2kgPEh9
 
          Looking forward to more GOPS outings – http://www.greatoutdoors.org/ps/.
 
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Sunday, January 29, 2017
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A Saturday GOPS Bicycle Ride

January 14th, 2017

          Today I led my first bicycle ride for members of the Great Outdoors Palm Springs chapter. There were sixteen of us who started out together and twelve continued for the entire two-hour, fourteen mile route.

          The ride closely followed the Palm Springs signed City Loop route. Our 10 am starting point was from the parking lot fronting the U.S. Post Office in the Smoke Tree Village shopping center on South Sunrise Way. Portions of the route were on sidewalk bicycle paths, signed and striped bicycle roadway lanes, signed “Bicycles May Occupy Entire Lane” roadway routes and quiet residential streets. The weather was excellent for bicycling with temperatures near the 70s, blue skies with attractive cloud patterns, slight breezes and satisfactory humidity levels. Riding in the sun required minimal clothing needs and several appeared comfortable in their short sleeve shirts and shorts.

          The City Loop is a nice way to cycle through differing Palm Springs neighborhoods including Sonora Sunrise, Sunmor, Sunrise Park, Movie Colony East, The Movie Colony, Old Las Palmas, Vista Las Palmas, Historic Tennis Club, Tahquitz River Estates, Twin Palms and Indian Canyons. The route took us past the Mesquite Canyon Country Club golf course, Palm Springs High School, the Palm Springs Police Department headquarters and K-9 Unit area, Riverside County Administrative Center, Palm Springs City Hall and Dog Park, Ruth Hardy Park, Katherine Finchy Elementary School, Desert Healthcare Wellness Park, Desert Regional Medical Center, Wellwood Murray Cemetary, Temple Isaiah, O’Donnell Club golf course, Palm Springs Promenade, Palm Springs Art Museum, Casa Cody Historic Palm Springs Inn, Tahquitz Creek Channel bicycle-pedestrian crossing bridge, Cahuilla Elementary School, ACE Hotel, Indian Canyons Golf Resort North,  Smoke Tree Stables and more.

          The ride ended shortly after noon at our starting point in front of the Post Office. Afterwards several in the group had lunch in the popular PHO 533 Vietnamese restaurant located nearby.

          There are many bicycle maps and guides to routes in Palm Springs. The Palm Springs City Parks & Rec, Palm Springs Sustainability Commission, Palm Springs Visitor Center and many tourism businesses all provide maps. There’s also a Palm Springs Bicycle Trails website at http://www.visitpalmsprings.com/overview/play/palm-springs-bike-trails/10470 with online maps. It’s all waiting for residents and visitors alike. The key is to get out on your own, borrowed or rented bicycle and enjoy some of Coachella Valley’s biking paradise.

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Saturday, January 14, 2017
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Oswit Canyon Hike

January 6th, 2017

          Oswit Canyon, located in South Palm Springs, shares an entry point with the South Lykken Trail entrance (2925 S Palm Canyon Dr). The path leading up the canyon is uneven and a bit of rock scrambling, bouldering and route-finding expertise are part of the allure. It’s currently in the news because a petition is currently being circulated denying plans to develop the canyon base’s alluvial fan bordering South Palm Canyon Drive. That portion of the vacant expanse  is planned for residential property development and if allowed would serve to significantly impact what many consider to be one of Palm Springs most treasured pieces of open space.

         I hiked Oswit Canyon with the Palm Springs Great Outdoors group on the Thursday, January 5th outing led by Scott Connelly (website at http://www.greatoutdoors.org/ps/). The day was a pleasant one for an outdoor hike that included blue skies, a few clouds, occasional breeze and moderate temperature (the right mix for hiking). Our group of more than a dozen completed the four miles round trip in slightly more than three hours that included a snack break. Our destination, the waterfall at the top of the canyon, proved a delight. Water was falling (as promised) and the appearance of the area was that of a little oasis (including Palms).

          The actual path, or paths, leading up the canyon at times proved difficult to find and there were times a wrong turn left us exploring alternative routes. The rocky footing and occasional large boulders proved challenging for some but most of the group pressed on. Fortunately all were appropriately outfitted (hiking footwear with treads, layered clothing, sunscreen and head coverings for those not seeking tans or sunburns). The adventure proved to be challenging, interesting and another great opportunity to escape asphalt and concrete.

          Scott, our leader, had a copy of the Save Oswit Canyon petition with him for registered Palm Springs voters to sign. Additional information about the petition is available on both their Facebook page (www.facebook.com/groups/805926332847240/) and www.saveoswitcanyon.com website.

Waterfall Area

View Down Canyon to South Palm Springs

 

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