Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Hopalong Cassidy Herb Jeffries - we’ve all heard of them right? Saturday morning, in front of the TV? Oh, you haven’t heard of Herb Jeffries, the Bronze Buckaroo? He might be the most interesting of the bunch. Now the hike was good, there’s nothing like being out in the great outdoors. But, we got a cool history lesson along with the hike.
‘I’m a chameleon,’ he used to say. Over the course of his century, he changed his name, altered his age, married five women and stretched his vocal range from near falsetto to something closer to a Bing Crosby baritone. He shifted from jazz to country and back again, and from concert stages to movie theaters to television sets and back again.
He died in 2014 at the ripe old age of 100 or 101, no one knew his exact birth date. On line I saw a picture of him and his wife with President George and Laura Bush.
Anyway, one of the trails we hiked today was the Herb Jeffries trail, which came after the Hopalong Cassidy Trail, close to the Gabby Hayes trail and not to far from Gene Autry Drive. Palm Springs does remember and honor its cowboy heroes. At one of the trailheads for the Hopalong Trail was Hoppy’s Creed:
Next to the trailhead is a race track for remote controlled miniature cars.
We like Palm Springs for the weather, the hiking and the things to do. What we don’t like are the walls. Every development has a wall around it and often you are driving down the road at 50 mph between these walls. Feels like a tunnel. You never get the feeling that people live here. They just race their cars on the roads. For example: here is a house on the right on the edge of the hiking trails with views of the mountains galore. But, look what they put up - a wall to block their view. Hmm..