The Beautiful Hi-Desert
We're heading out to the tri-city area of Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree and 29 Palms on Saturday afternoon. We haven't visited the area in over four years! We used to visit the desert at least six or more times a year. Life in L.A. has been busy.
We're meeting our friends Jacquie and Bob in Yucca Valley and will tour the area from there. I hope to see some of those beautiful rock formations in the Joshua Tree National Park.
We'll definitely head over to Pappy and Harriet's Pioneertown Palace on Sunday night for barbecue and music. Pioneertown has an interesting history. It was founded and built in 1946 by a group of Hollywood investors (including Gene Autry and Roy Rogers). They wanted to build a living movie set featuring a western frontier town with facades for filming. On the outside were stables, saloons, jails. On the inside were ice cream parlors, a bowling alley and a motel. Many films and TV shows were filmed out there. Larry and I have been visiting since 1990.
|Yucca Valley, 1952. Herald Examiner Collection. Things have changed considerably!|
There are also lots of art galleries in the area, including the world famous Crochet Museum. One of my crocheted tacos is part of the permanent collection!
|Crochet Museum in an old Foto-Mat!|
|My crocheted taco is part of the permanent collection at The Crochet Museum|
Another favorite spot is Desert Christ Park. Read about the history of this fascinating place HERE.
|Sculptures by Antone Martin at Desert Christ Park|
We always like to take a mini-hike around the grounds of the 29 Palms Inn. The Oasis of Mara is on the grounds. The restaurant at the Inn is really one of the best places to eat in the area. The food is always fresh and creative. The bar is usually hoppin' on a weekend night!
|Poolside at the 29 Palms Inn. We used to see Huell Howser here often!|
|Bar and Restaurant, 29 Palms Inn|
Mostly, I'm looking forward to the clear, crisp air of the beautiful California desert and hanging out with our friends, Jacquie and Bob!