Thursday, November 17, 2016

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!

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At 8:12 PM PST, Blogger Lizzy Tex Borden said...

I just love those parts of California. Although I have been living very rural for quite a few years now, sometimes I find it is just not rural enough. I love Arizona too.

AND love that taco. It must be really cool to have something on exhibit in a museum.

(Apparently I LOVE a lot of stuff. Heh heh.)

At 8:17 PM PST, Blogger betty said...

I went there a couple of years ago for vacation and loved it. I think I went mainly because of all your previous posts about earlier trips there.

We went at the end of Sept when it was still pretty hot and not in full season yet. It's probably cooler now.

Have fun!

At 10:47 PM PST, Blogger Ellen Bloom said...

Thanks for your comments! I can't wait to get out to the desert!

At 2:41 PM PST, Blogger jantx7 said...

I'm not sure, but I think the high desert is up the 14 Hwy...Palmdale, Lancaster Mojave, etc.

If so, would that put your trip at the low desert?

Love the Yucca!

At 2:46 PM PST, Blogger Ellen Bloom said...

Hey jantx7 - thanks for your comment. From Wikipedia: Joshua Tree is a census-designated place (CDP) on State Route 62 in San Bernardino County, California, United States. At approximately 2,700 feet above sea level, Joshua Tree and its surrounding communities are located in the California HIGH Desert.

At 10:48 PM PST, Blogger diggy said...

Ellen im here at joshua tree and hope to name drop that I know the crochet taco maker at the museum while im here! Amazing!


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