Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 8 miles total. Hiking about 1/2 mile each way, approximately 1.5 hours total; initial 70 foot descent into oasis followed by mainly flat terrain.
At the hotel, the breakfast buffet offers a variety of hot and cold items such as eggs, waffles, oatmeal, cereal, yogurt, fruit, toast, breakfast breads, plus milk, assorted juices, coffee, tea, water.
We will board our motorcoach and set out on a field trip to Palm Canyon, one of the three Indian Canyons. A local expert will lead our exploration on the trail that begins at the trading post and descends about 70 feet into the world’s largest California fan palm oasis. We’ll see a village site that was a year-round home to the Agua Caliente Cahuilla Indians for almost 2,000 years. Reboarding our motorcoach, we’ll ride to our lunch venue.
At a landmark, family-owned deli, select your choice of 1/2 sandwich with soup or salad and beverage choice of soft drink, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
Next, we will walk to the Welwood Murray Memorial Library — a research library for the Palm Springs Historical Society — where the director of education will give us a presentation on Palm Springs history. We’ll then walk to the Village Green Heritage Center where the Palm Springs Historical Society is comprised of two 19th century pioneer homes, The McCallum Adobe and Miss Cornelia White’s “Little House.” We’ll explore both with an expert. Built in 1884, the McCallum Abode is the oldest building in Palm Springs and exhibits a wide array of photographs, paintings, clothing, and more. The “Little House” was built in 1893 with parts from the abandoned Palmdale railroad and was part of the first hotel in Palm Springs before becoming the home of pioneer Cornelia White. We’ll return to the hotel after our field trip.
We’ll walk to a nearby, lively Palm Springs restaurant for a plated meal with salad, choice of entrée, dessert, and beverage choices of soft drink, coffee, iced tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.