The Araby Wash is filled with holiday spirit, but why?

December 18th, 2013 | by Colin Atagi | Comments

It isn’t exactly a stroll through a winter wonderland, but it may be the next best thing.

A handful of Christmas ornaments have mysteriously popped up in the Araby Wash, just off of Toledo Avenue and Murray Canyon Drive in Palm Springs.

IMG_5885Not far from the main pathway near the Smoke Tree Stables, people may see scattered ornaments hanging from desert vegetation.

From afar, they look irrelevant and Palm Springs resident Gilbert Reyes said he “thought they were just trash.”

But up close, people will find ornaments of various shapes, sizes and colors. Go a little closer and people will find themselves on a path marked with various other ornaments.

IMG_5905The path ultimately leads people to a tree; a tree decorated with a number of other ornaments, including a green one that has fallen to the ground.

Anyone who wants to see the tree had better be on a horse or in healthy condition, since it’s at least 400 yards from the sidewalk and is filled with soft sand and horse droppings.

How the ornaments arrived are a mystery, though, and there’s no indication of who is responsible.

This, of course, comes on the heels of another holiday mystery not far away. We’re referring, of course, to the mystery lights that are visible on the mountains in Palm Springs.

Is some kind of copycat on the loose? Or do we just have another Coachella Valley resident who wants to spread the holiday spirit?


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