That’s right, right? The first wedding anniversary is the Palm Springs anniversary? Way back in August I booked a mini getaway since Micah was in Alabama for our anniversary. Palm Springs in November sounded good though a little far off. With the help of Priceline and a few vouchers from Alaska Airlines, the trip seemed doable. Let me just say that Palm Springs in November was perfect. It was 35-40 degrees warmer than Seattle.
We have to apologize upfront. We forgot our gorilla pod which means that there aren’t any pictures of us together. If you don’t have one, you should totally get a gorilla pod. We love ours. Either no one is around to take a picture of us or everyone looks to busy to stop and snap a shot. Anyway, yes, no gorilla pod = no pictures of us.
We got in on Friday afternoon to beautiful blue skies and warm temperatures. We checked in at the Riviera Palm Springs. The place was so cool. We loved all the glam decor. Here’s Micah reading about the hotel’s amenities.
After a walk down the main street, we returned to the hotel to grab a drink and a snack. I loved the cutout wall with the orange lights in the background.
You can sort of get a sense of the bar in this picture of Micah doing his best color impression of George Hamilton.
We ended the night with dinner, another walk and lounging around the hotel. Things in Palm Springs close early.
Saturday we headed out to Joshua Tree which was so cool. Joshua Tree was the main reason we headed down to Palm Springs. You know, tree = paper = 1st traditional anniversary gift? I know, stretching. I think we’re going to do a separate post on Joshua Tree, so you’ll have to wait on the pictures. On the way there, I saw wind turbines for the first time. We don’t have these in Washington (I think).
I think Oregon had these on the ballot in the recent election. I can see how people would not want them because they change the scenery (read can be ugly) and are probably very expensive to put up but on the other hand, those babies were spinning away on what seemed not be a windy day. I don’t know the details of wind power but if the wind is going to blow, why not use it?
After a day of hiking at Joshua Tree and a delicious no frills late lunch at Mexicali Cafe in Indio (go here if you are in town!), we showered and hung out by the pool at the hotel.
We stayed awhile and had the obligatory drink by the pool. Sorry, I took the picture below with my iphone.
After sleeping in a bit, we headed to breakfast and eventually ended up on a driving tours of Palm Springs Mid Century Modern architecture. The Edris House was one of our favorites.
We’d also be happy to live in any of the following houses:
We ended our tour with a stop at Frank Sinatra’s house:
We were hoping to get a good look in but the gate was closed and you couldn’t see too much. This is what the other side of the wall is suppose to look like:
We ended the day browsing antique stores and window shopping. We did manage to continue our tradition and pick up an ornament for the tree. I grabbed one of these mod inspired beauties.
We had a good time in Palm Springs. We felt like 2.5 days was the perfect amount of time to spend there. We also felt like celebrating our anniversary a few months later (ie not in August) in a warmer climate might happen again. Any suggestions for next year?