Tahquitz Canyon and the Indian Canyons

 

This weekend, we made our very first trip to “Indian Canyons” to hike and photograph the Palm, Murray, Andreas, Tahquitz and Chino canyons. Considering I’ve been coming to Palm Springs beginning as a kid in the 1960s, I’m surprised it took me so long to make a visit.

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Native Americans have called the Palm Springs and Coachella Valley home as early as 7,000 years ago, where they built complex communities across the region.

With an abundant water supply, the plants, animals and native peoples thrived in these abundant canyons and across the Coachella Valley, which sits in the westernmost extension of the Sonoran Desert (also called the Colorado Desert). Palm Canyon in the Indian Canyons is the world’s largest Washingtonia filifera (California Fan Palm) oasis. 

Today, Tahquitz Canyon and the Indian Canyons and its culturally sensitive areas are part of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians Reservation, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Our hike covered just a portion of the canyons. We’ll be back to continue our exploration and discovery!

 

Taking a ride on ol’ 476

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Meanwhile, we’re takin’ a flashback ride on ol’ 476.

Built in 1923 for the Rio Grande, today she’s a quarter-million pounds of pure coal-fired steam-powered locomotive fun on the Durango & Silverton run. Grabbed the shot at the Cascade Canyon where we filled her up with a splash of around 4,000 gallons of water.

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Modernism Week 2020 Love Fest

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The 15th annual Modernism Week love fest to mid-century architecture, design, aficionados and lifestyles has concluded under the sunny desert skies of Palm Springs, California.

We had a great time visiting and photographing a spectrum of mid-century masterpieces – from homes and commercial architecture to vintage travel trailers, including a few photographs we’ve shared here over the past week or so.

We leave it with this photograph of the popular Modernism Week tour bus photo-bombing us while making a stop at Palm Springs City Hall.

Hope to see you next year!

 

 

 

Albert Frey’s Cree House

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What a treat to photograph Albert Frey’s 1955 Palm Springs desert modern masterpiece, the Cree House.

The home has been quietly held in the possession of a local family since the 1970s. The family recently completed a meticulous restoration of the home to evoke its original 1955 design.

Integrated into the hillside, the home features a large balcony with it’s commanding view overlooking nearly the entire Coachella Valley. The bright yellow corrugated fiberglass panel railings are original to the home.

Of particular interest to me is the kitchen, which features the unique and completely original restored refrigerator above the back counter top as shown in the photograph below.