Coachella Valley Preserve
One problem the casual tourist may encounter when undertaking a nature hike is the sense of being overwhelmed. Many parks take hours to reach, have strenuous trails requiring expedition-level planning, and the over-all experience can leave the couch potato-turned-trekker thoroughly exhausted.
Not so with the Coachella Valley Preserve, a free-admission wilderness located about 15 minutes north of La Quinta, California. There are several trails that are easily done, many of which lead to picturesque palm oases:
Their appearance reminds me of groups of grassy-skirted dancers:
While their shade offers a welcome respite from the desert sun:
The shaggy trunks of these “wild” specimens are a marked contrast to the severely trimmed palms of the city:
Monday: The ultimate dive bar…