What Is The Idiot Doing Walking In the California Desert When He Should Be MedTrekking In Egypt?

Rains, floods and bursting dams in Northern California prompted The Idiot to flee to the California desert to train for his March MedTrek in Egypt and Ides meeting with The Oracle at Siwa in the Sahara Desert.

Naturally the terrain and topography around Palm Springs, California, has an intriguing allure despite the absence of the Mediterranean Sea.

Palm Springs Allure: Palms and mountains at mid-morning.

Palm Springs Allure: Palms and mountains at dusk.

Palm Springs Allure: Rocks and desert.

Palm Springs Allure: Palms and mountains.

Palm Springs Allure: Palms without mountains.

The Idiot kicks things off with an urban walk to the trailhead leading into the hills.

The Idiot walks through Little Tuscany.

The Idiot drops into The Palm Springs Art Museum.

The Idiot passes hundreds of Palm Springs’ doors.

The Idiot arrives at a signposted trailhead.

Despite the absence of the Mediterranean Sea, The Idiot enjoys exposure to varied terrain.

The Idiot follows numerous well-maintained paths up the mountains and across the desert.

The Idiot heads up the hill.
(Photo: Liz Chapin)

The Idiot heads down the hill to the desert.
(Photo: Liz Chapin)

The Idiot, like Don Quixote, tilts at windmills.
(Photo: Liz Chapin)

The Idiot runs into a fellow hiker.

Naturally there’s a pot of gold at the end of every hike.

The Idiot ends one walking day in a jacuzzi.
(Photo: Liz Chapin)

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About Joel

Joel Stratte-McClure has been a global trekker since the 1970s. He lived in France for over 30 years, working as a journalist, before he turned his attention to a unique life-time-project of walking the shores of the Mediterranean. The first 4,401 kilometers are explored in his inspirational and entertaining first book "The Idiot and the Odyssey: Walking the Mediterranean." The next 4,401 kilometers are covered in the gods-filled sequel, "The Idiot and the Odyssey II: Myth, Madness and Magic on the Mediterranean,” published on Valentine's Day 2013. The last 4,401 kilometers will be discussed in the last book of the trilogy currently entitled "The Idiot and the Odyssey III: Alexander the Great Walks the Mediterranean."

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