La Quinta, CA, USA
Looking into the past to see the future in La QuintaCenturies ago the Cahuilla Indians were the sole inhabitants in and around La Quinta. Descendants of the tribe would eventually transform the Coachella Valley into an entertainment mecca of myriad forms. The Agua Caliente Casino (founded by a band of Cahuilla), and bearing the original name of Palm Springs, along with a host of golf, tennis, polo facilities and 5 star resorts, abound through this area of the California desert. Amidst these modern trappings, one can still strongly feel the spiritual aura of this great tribe of American Indians. This feeling of historical reverence is especially pronounced when hiking and wandering through the San Jacinto Mountains. Bighorn sheep and other fauna roam freely amongst Indian whispers on the wind, the whispers of both welcome and warning. This warning transmits a demand of respect for the past and a reverential embrace of the present and future. When events like the Palm Springs International Film Festival or global corporate events of multi-national entities land in the Coachella Valley, they are walking on the terra firma that is in fact the shoulders of the Cahuilla Indians. Yes, this part of the California desert is indeed a dichotomous experience. Relaxing in a storied resort with every need catered to while gazing upon the mountains having existed for century upon century, an epiphany starts rising that time is one long Mobius strip where the past, present and future blend together in one exhilarating temporal experience.