Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Palm Springs day

This weekend my friend Rachael and I took my mom and sister to Palm Springs for the day. My mom watches Zoey (and asks for nothing in return) when Kyle and I are at work. Plus, homegirl doesn't get out much. So sometimes we do little things here and there like take her out for brunch or take her to antique shops, which she loves. But she has been wanting to go to Palm Springs, and no offense to my dad, but I thought she'd have a lot more fun with the girls. And boy did she! Both my sister and mom asked not to be pictured on the internet. But there's still fun stuff to share.

Our first stop was the the Palm Springs visitors center, where I bought a map that shows all the mid-century architectural landmarks. We ended up not using this map, so I suppose another trip is in order. Then we headed up the mountain behind the visitors center to the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. This is a rotating tram that is suspended from a cable. In just 10 minutes it takes you 8500 feet to the top. When you get to the top, it’s about 20 degrees cooler. You can go hiking or eat at the restaurant up there. We just took in some of the views and came back down about half an hour later.

Then we went to the Ace Hotel, where we ate lunch at their cute diner, King's Highway.

Our next stop was the amazing Parker Hotel. I stayed here 4 years ago and haven’t stopped thinking about it since, so I was excited to show it off to my mom, sister, and Rachael. We got there at about 2:30 and roamed the grounds just soaking up all the Jonathan Adler goodness. And as luck would have it, the mini bar in the lobby opened right at 3! My cute mom had her first mojito. Of course, she was a wusslord and nursed it for 2 hours. Our original intent was to do a little shopping at some of the antique and vintage shops in the area. We ended up sitting in that bar for 2 hours cracking each other up and not doing any shopping at all, but we had so much fun we didn’t even mind. After that we decided it was time to head home.

On our way home we stopped at the dinosaurs in Cabazon.

Then my sister wanted to stop at Casino Morongo, so why the hell not? We were only there for about 45 minutes. But I did spot the most magical of slot machines. By the way, Casino Morongo? Not like the commercials. 

By this time we were pooped. We got home right on time for me to crawl into bed (after showering casino smoke off of me) and watch “Celebrity Ghost Stories” (my current favorite Saturday night activity). And Kyle said Zoey was a dream baby for him all day. It was a good day!


jlamas said...

I just imagine your mom saying, "Oooh, I love it!", in a very momma Thacker way, about the mojito :)bolop

kelly ♥ said...

Thai is exactly how she was!bolop

Lara said...

Awww what a great day! I wish your mom and sis had let you post pics because I bet they are cuuuuuute!

I would have pooped my pants in that lift ride thing though.

PS - you'll be proud of me - I used "wusslord" in a conversation recently.

Anonymous said...

Is that the dinosaur from Pee Wee's Big Adventure?!