September 30, 2013 § 1 Comment
We wanted to take off one last time before we would have to relinquish our passports for our DRC travel visa applications. Palm Springs proved to be the perfect 5-day getaway, just a short 3.5 hour flight from Edmonton: Guaranteed good shopping (vintage shops and outlet malls,) sunshine (sunny 300+ days a year) and 100 degree temperatures in September.
The resort city is an oasis of palms situated in the Sonoran Desert of California. Early spanish explorers referred to the area as “the palm of God’s hand”. Charming analogy.
I’m intrigued at how resilient these palm trees as well as other desert vegetation are to the drought-like conditions of the area. Things grow–and thrive–in these conditions!
The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway offered elevated views of the valley from 8500 feet above the desert floor. The rock face up the mountainside was painted in God’s own graffiti with a spectrum of colourful lichen.
During this adoption process I’ve been reading a daily devotional called “Streams in the Desert“. I’d recommend it for anyone going through tough times or for those who just want to dig their roots in deeper. The devotional draws out strength from scripture, is adorned with beautiful prose, and provides “water” to a weary soul with its graceful and encouraging entries.
Coincidently, tomorrows reading is about the yellow lichen…“It is a remarkable occurrence of nature that the most brilliant colors of plants are found on the highest mountains, in places that are the most exposed to the fiercest weather. The brightest lichens and mosses, as well as the most beautiful wildflowers, abound high upon the windswept, storm-ravaged peaks…which shone in the sunshine like a golden wall protecting an enchanted castle. Amid the loneliness and bareness of that high altitude and exposed to the fiercest winds of the sky, the lichen exhibited glorious color it has never displayed in the shelter of the valley…”
Poolside bliss, sunnies and frozen coffees aside, Palm Springs was all we had hoped for and more. It was metaphorically a stream in the desert just when we needed recharging for the next leg in our journey. Let it begin!