Enjoyed visiting the Palm Springs Art Museum at Palm Desert with docent Patrick Blythe, and perused the newly installed “Glass for the New Millennium: Masterworks from the Kaplan-Ostergaard Collection” exhibition, which is on display through early March 2017. The exhibit features works by artists from more than 10 countries and traces the history of studio glass from the 1960s. I seriously could not believe some of the artwork I saw here – incredible that they are all made from glass. Images do not do justice to the critically curated collection.
Wednesdays are Certified Farmers’ Market days here, held right outside the museum, and run from October through May, featuring everything from fresh, organic fruits and vegetables to baked goods, olive and avocado oils, orchids and plants, eggs and live music. If you are will be visiting the area for a few days or have access to a kitchen then the produce here is great to take home for a few fresh meals.
Amply armed for the next activity - Desert Adventures “Red Jeep” San Andreas Fault Eco-Tour with local guide Darrell to explore the backcountry trails of a Bureau of Land Management Wilderness zone. I learned so much about the area on this one that I couldn’t stop scribbling notes. They give you a good sprinkling on local history, geography, culture, habitat, flora, fauna so you have a better appreciation for the area. Time restrictions ensured it was mostly a drive but I believe the full length of the tour has a few opportunities for hikes.
And then I was in for another surprise when I got to taste a signature date shake made from dates grown in the Coachella Valley, during a visit to the active date grove at the Palm Desert Aquatic Center. Date palms were planted in this region during the 1890s, and today there are more than 6,500 acres of plantings, producing more than 40 million pounds of four different varieties—the Deglet-Noor, the Medjool, the Barhi and the Zahidi. A date shake is a Palm Desert must! You will not regret it. Better yet, head for a tour with Oasis Date Gardens who are among the largest producers of dates in the country. Growing up in the Middle East, and being raised Muslim, I have a special fondness for dates and will probably be the first person to pounce on some if I see a bag open nearby. One sip of that date shake and I was on my way down memory lane.