Palm Springs: Why Moby should visit our desert oasis

Moby at Palm Springs Modernism Week

Grammy-nominated musician Moby is seen Feb. 23 at a Palm Springs Modernism Week event. (Marilyn Chung/The Desert Sun)

Dear Moby,

I woke up this morning to an email from my boss about you: “Moby disses Palm Springs. Sort of.”

To refresh your memory, Moby, you wrote in an open letter about the “remarkable mid-century architecture” you saw during Palm Springs Modernism Week in mid-February. Then you added this:

“palm springs fascinates and baffles me. it’s beautiful and it seems like a great place to live, even if it’s a desert furnace that without irrigation is probably incapable of supporting biological life for 2 or 3 months out of the year.”

Moby, no confusion necessary. You’re flat-out wrong on the last part.

Let me take you on a virtual tour of the Palm Springs area to show you why desert living isn’t what you think:

The Living Desert can explain how desert animals have evolved to solve the heat and water problems. Visit ‘em — they’re open all year.

Coachella Valley Preserve

Hikers tour the Coachella Valley Preserve in this August 2011 file photo. (Richard Lui/The Desert Sun)

Or check out one of my favorite hideaways: Coachella Valley Preserve Systema 20,000-acre sanctuary for rare species like the fringe-toed lizard.

We even spent more than $2.2 billion on a 75-year plan — the Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan — to protect 27 endangered and protected species that live here.

While you’re at the preserve, don’t miss the amazing palm oases that pop up along the San Andreas Fault Line because of the water that flows underground.

Oasis Date Garden in Thermal

Or check out the Oasis Date Gardens in Thermal, seen in this August 2011 file photo. (Crystal Chatham/The Desert Sun)

Then swing out to Shields Date Garden to learn more about our robust agricultural economy and learn how we became known as the Date Capital of the World. The 123-mile Coachella Canal that brings in water from the Colorado River is far from our only source of water.

Or pick up fresh produce at one of three Certified Farmers’ Market every week. Again, they’re open all year ’round.

Wrap up your trip by soaking in the lush green of 124 golf courses — and, of course, a margarita under the misters in downtown Palm Springs.

Palmer Course at PGA West

The 18th green is shown here at the Palmer Course at PGA West in this January 2013 file photo. (Jay Calderon/The Desert Sun)

Still not convinced? The Los Angeles Times once explained that Palm Springs, which gets mere inches of rain each year, sits atop “a vast sea of ground water, which has been carefully managed.”

As our then-Mayor Sonny Bono said: “If we hadn’t taken good care of our resources, we wouldn’t be in good shape. But we did.”

Moby, we can’t wait to welcome you back for your DJ sets at Coachella.

When you’re here, will you meet us at the Coachella Valley Preserve to see if you’ve changed your thoughts on the desert?

Sending you warm wishes,

Kate