3/30/13

our Palm Springs family vacation...

As I write this it is raining in Wisconsin... but at least it's not snowing... and I have pictures of California to look at and lightly sun kissed cheeks to remind me of our Palm Springs get-away last week!  It was awesome and Nick and I took way too many pictures of palm trees and our baby running around the California desert.  Here are a few highlights from our trip...

Stepping off the plane we were greeted with 85 degree temps and gorgeous views of the desert mountains that surround Palm Springs.  They are very prehistoric looking and reminded us of The Flinstones.  So, of course, we taught Edwin how to say "yabadabadoo!"


























One of our favorite things about the trip was getting to stay at the Ace Hotel & Swim Club!  Our room had a patio attached which was really nice for Edwin to run around in.  We also went swimming in the pool every day.  On the weekends there was a dj playing awesome music (like this song) and during the week the pool was full of kids and families.  We loved it and would definitely stay there again.



One of the big things we wanted to do on our trip was hike around Joshua Tree National Park.  But, the airline completely broke our Kelty hiking pack and it was destroyed. :(  So, we did more of a driving tour through the park and stopped to stretch our legs on a few short paths that Edwin could walk with us.  He loved running around the park and refused to hold our hands.  It was so windy at the park that his little sunhat kept blowing away!
Driving back from Joshua Tree gave us amazing views of the wind farms that are right outside of Palm Springs.  The wind picks up in the afternoons and it was sort of scary getting out of the car to take pictures because the wind was so strong and these turbines are so huge!

There was a lot to keep Edwin active and entertained on our trip!  We found a really beautiful park in Palm Desert (with ducks!) and Edwin even discovered his love of ping pong at the Ace!

And, of course, it wouldn't be a real vacation if we didn't eat tons of great food.  We stopped at the grocery store a few times for snacks, fruit, or the salad bar, but we also tried tons of great restaurants.  Our favorite was Cheeky's where Edwin devoured almond paste stuffed french toast.  We also had lots of smoothies, coconut water, and a delicious date shake at Kings Highway.  Eating on the go with Edwin went really well and he loved getting crayons and cups with straws to keep him occupied while we waited for our food.


One afternoon, Nick stayed at the hotel so I could go for a solo hike.  It was nice to get away by myself for a bit...especially because our hiking pack was broken.  I hiked Tahquitz Canyon, about 2 miles to find a desert waterfall!
We loved Palm Springs and thought it was a beautiful mix of desert & greenery.  The town itself was small enough for us to easily navigate on foot or with our rental car, was laid back, family friendly, and of course, had perfect weather every day.  Southern California really knows how to do March!

This trip felt like a really big deal.  Nick and I have been so busy these last few years with our house, careers, and now family, that we've neglected to take the time to have fun and relax.  Going to California was the perfect thing for us to do.  We got to enjoy the sunshine and scenery and see what it feels like to take a real vacation...we are already planning our next adventure!  It also felt like a really important step for us to fly with Edwin, something we were nervous to do, but in the end went totally fine and we are so glad we did it.  Til next time!

6 comments:

  1. What a fun trip, Sally! I'm so glad you guys had a chance to get away:)

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    1. Thanks Shannon! Me too...it's tricky to get Nick to stop working while we are home so I think vacations are a must!

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  2. What a great trip! Much-needed family time for sure. Such a bummer about your backpack, but it looks like you found lots of fun things to do without it :) Your awesome pictures are making me itch for a vacation so badly!

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    1. I think being home bound with a baby makes taking a vacation even more important. I hope it works out for you guys to go out east this year!

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  3. Sounds like a great vacation! So glad you enjoyed yourselves so much.

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    1. We loved Palm Springs! And Nick kept looking everywhere for Stuart's fonts because everything has such a retro vibe out there. ;)

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