(1 month late post) We took my in-laws and drove 2 1/2 hours from San Diego to Palm Springs. Take caution of the dry heat of the dessert, be sure to apply adequate sunscreen and stay hydrated.
This is not the California you know! In the middle of the dessert lies this hidden gem of a western town. Feels like a cowboy can ride out on his horse anytime. This town was built by a film company back in the 40s to shoot western movies. Rumors has it that a hotel/resort is going to be built here, but no signs of any development in the area. Mane Street is the Main Street in Pioneertown, there are various shops, saloons, and houses there. We visited it on a Monday morning, and seemed like the only places opened were post office and a couple pottery stores.
Fate has it that we met a local pastor here. He found out we were moving to Okinawa and turned out his son is ex-military and currently lives in Okinawa. After exchanging information, the pastor prayed for our move and blessed us. And btw, he cautioned against coming to this town after sundown.
這裡絕對不是你想像的加州！西部牛仔情景在此出現，沿路幾乎一片沙漠，感覺隨時牛仔會騎馬出現的地方，其實是片商在40年代為了拍攝影片而蓋。一直有傳言要在這建飯店變度假村，但似乎沒什麼動靜。Mane St. 是Pioneertown唯一大街，可能是週間，僅有郵局和幾家手工品店開著。那天遇到當地牧師聊天後，知道牧師兒子以前也在美軍，現居日本沖繩也很愛衝浪。好巧，我們也剛好要搬到沖繩。交換聯絡方式，方便之後聯絡。牧師也為我們到沖繩的一切禱告，希望能順利平安。對了，牧師說太陽下山後就別來這！
Salvation Mountain | 救世主山
This attraction has been on my list since my college days. Artist Leonard Knight created Salvation Mountain based on his encounter with the teachings in the Bible. Bring a few cans of paint for the park keeper to keep this area well maintained so future visitors can still enjoy it. Free admissions, donations accepted.
Joshua Tree National Park | 約書亞樹國家公園
Home of 200 million Joshua trees. These trees only grow in Southern California, Arizona, and Utah. Before the end of September, every morning at 10 am, there are tour guides at the visitors center teaching about the wildlife that live in this national park. I recommend coming here earlier in the morning so it’s not too hot, then head to the visitors center at 10 am for the talk.
Originally we didn’t know where to go during our short trip back to California, but UN found a great deal at JW Marriott, so we booked our Palm Springs getaway immediately. Be sure to compare prices online, you may find great deals that you will regret not snatching.