A Walk in the Park

At the Trailhead of Two Stories

blog and photos by Robyn Wyman-dill

We are sliding down the calendar into Halloween week with a waxing moon expanding into the first lunar quarter.  Everywhere you turn, orange is the dominant color, especially in the desert terrain of Coachella Valley.  Where the Mexican Birds of Paradise bushes are now in bloom and looking spectacular.  Much like the seasonal influx of colder weather tourists, the tropical plant has learned how to adapt and regenerate in Palm Spring’s windy vortex and dryer climate. Which leads us to the trailhead one of our two stories about  the region’s first settlers.  The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. Read the rest of this entry »

The Fourth Thursday in November

blog by Robyn Wyman-Dill

As the clock ticks into the fourth Thursday in November,  Americans are gearing their appetites for Thanksgiving.  Roast turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce and fall vegetables(the holiday’s traditional fixings) will be served. Followed by pumpkin or pecan pie.   Read the rest of this entry »

Where the Elephants Roam

Photo and blog by Robyn Wyman-Dill

An emerald bluff overlooks a cornflower blue ocean.  With a sweeping view of the harbor below.   Lantern Bay Park in Dana Point is like a free and easy California beauty, frooging to summer fun.  There are ghosts of concerts past surfing the sound waves.  And the presence of happy occasions creating a sense of good expectations. Which makes it the optimum spot for concerts on Sunday afternoons, weddings and family barbecues. It is also the setting for the final viewing of those gentle giants who graced us with their poise in the Elephant Parade. That’s right, folks. The U.S. debut of the International Art Exhibition of colorfully decorated life-size baby elephants by acclaimed artists, celebrities and designers is about to culminate in an auction and banquet dinner at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa.  Select members of herd of 30+ will be up for sales before the modern day mastodons move on.  Read the rest of this entry »

The Elephant Parade Party

blog and photos by Robyn Wyman-Dill

I have some encouraging news.  The downsizing of elephant populations – due to sinking habitats and poaching – has set in motion an international call for action. We hope in the nick of time.   Read the rest of this entry »

The Elephant Parade

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blog and photographs by Robyn Wyman-Dill

I delight in the world of delicious. So, the idea of being ‘inside the belly of the whale’ at an upscale food market – deep in the heart of delectables – makes a truly orgasmic impression on me.  When my appetite is aroused – in the key of cuisine – it will sing for its supper.

It is 1:30pm.  I am dashing across town, fighting with time.  Breezing through city blocks, dappled in polka dots of early summer sun.   I move swiftly through the crowds, fueled with the thoughts of culinary splendors, determined to make my  prix fix lunch destination before L’Ecole(the restaurant at the French Institute of Culinary Arts) closes at 2pm. I have 30 blocks to go. Read the rest of this entry »

Secrets From the Fountain of Youth

by Robyn Wyman-Dill

Trekking down the road of life, often our responsibilities compete for attention with leisure time. To manage it all, we find we need to multi-task.  Walking is a perfect exercise to do just that.

I couple walks in the park with facerises. Read the rest of this entry »

Human Conditioning – Part II

photos and blog by Robyn Wyman-Dill

Let’s begin where we left off.  Walking our fatty parts off in paradise daily.  To add to the challenge, it’s been busy in our kitchen.  Last week, we tackled re-inventing Chicken Fricassee from a rich, cream-based broth into a healthier, more svelte recipe.  Adding poundage in the process. Then along came the making of Coquille St. Jacques.

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Human Conditioning


blog and photos by Robyn Wyman-Dill

The human condition is bitten by a Spring Bug. Making people feel motivated to do.  Remember those ten extra pounds begging for attention?

Worry not.  Our crash test dummies have been busy pioneering simple and efficient ways to melt your fat away. We have narrowed it down to an activity most people can master easily. One that has earned our attention and respect. We’re talking about the oldest exercise known to man (A footprint was found in Kenya – setting the record for man’s first walk-about at 1.5 million years ago) now credited with extending one’s life.  Walking. Read the rest of this entry »

Stress Buster

blog by Robyn Wyman-Dill

It’s springtime in the desert sands of Southern California. With temperatures hovering in the mid-eighties – during the day – now is a prime time to visit the world-famous resorts of the ‘inland empire’.  Deep in the heart of Coachella Valley – Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, La Quinta, Indian Wells and Desert Hot Springs – await us.   Read the rest of this entry »