Palm Springs Fine Dining

TRIO’S –  (760) 864-TRIO (8746), 707 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs
 www.triopalmsprings.com / or www.triotogo.com for food-to-go
Ultra-chic dining in Palm Springs Uptown Design District.  This is one of Norma and Ron’s favorite restaurants.  Great food, great bar, and great service by attentive staff and owners.  The extensive menu features a variety of fish, steak, organic salads plus seasonal items from local growers and farmers. Try their fried artichoke hearts or calamari – it’s to die for!

 JAKE’S – (760) 3327-4400, 664 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs
 www.jakespalmsprings.com
Small, trendy dining, another of Norma and Ron’s favorites.  Every item on their menu is chef inspired, tested, tweaked and given a “thumbs up” before sharing.  Try their tempura battered, soft-shelled crab sandwich – better than any we’ve had on the coast.

Joshua Tree National Park

Viewed from the road, this desert park only hints at its vitality. Closer examination reveals a fascinating variety of plants and animals that make their home in this land shaped by strong winds, unpredictable torrents of rain, and climatic extremes. Dark night skies, a rich cultural history, and surreal geologic features add to the attraction of this place. Come see for yourself!

Tahquitz Canyon Hikes

Tahquitz was the first shaman created by Mukat, the creator of all things. Tahquitz used his great power in the beginning for the good of all people.  He became the guardian spirit of all shamans and gave them power to do good. But over time, Tahquitz began to use his power for selfish reasons, and also to harm the Cahuilla People. The people became angry and they banished Tahquitz to this canyon that now bears his name. He made his home high in the San Jacinto Mountains in a secret cave below the towering rock known today as Tahquitz Peak. They say his spirit still lives in this canyon, and can sometimes be seen as a large green fireball streaking across the night sky. The strange rumblings heard deep within the San Jacinto Mountains, the shaking of the ground, and the crashing of boulders are attributed to Tahquitz as he stomps about the canyon.