BEST. DAY. EVER!
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August 30th, 2008 – by: jenn79
Tracy and I didn't really have plans for Labor Day, and our friend Danny was in need of some friendly faces and supportive spirits, so we decided to go and visit him in Palm Springs where he lived, and maybe Sheila would join us too! Because we couldn't make it out to see Sal during the LV meetup the weekend before, he offered to drive ALL THE WAY from LV to meet us in Palm Springs and have a little R&R with us!
Little did he realize.
Tracy and I left Los Angeles at 8:30 am, an hour later than we had planned but it was still reasonable if I drove just a wee bit faster! We had all sorts of scattered plans and ideas of what we would do that day. Between Tracy and I we had 2 duffels, 2 backpacks, 2 ice coolers and 5 cameras! Were we really only leaving for 3 days?! How is it possible to have so much stuff?! Ah well.. whatever - I had cleaned out some of my trunk so everything fit snugly with plenty of room to spare for a second layer of stuff.
We call Sal and Danny at around 10:30am when we get into downtown Palm Springs. They are both STILL ASLEEP! Danny skips out on brunch and we pick up Sal at the Holiday Inn. Wow, I have never seen such a nice Holiday Inn! What in the world is going on? Sal struck the jackpot and right in the middle of Palm Springs! Little did I realize the hotel Tracy booked was in Indio! Oh dear, that's a 25 mile trek one way to see Sal and Danny. But it's ok! We have 3 full, glorious days and a little extra driving never hurt anyone, especially with premium gas only being $4.07 a gallon out in Palm Springs!
Sal tries to sneak up behind me but my inability to sit still, I mean... my super sharp reflexes and 6th sense allow me to catch him in the act! We take a few pictures and go to Rock Garden Cafe for some food in the 105 degree, 30% humidity-and-rising air.
Sal shares such unbelievable stories and gives us such a piece of himself that it's pretty hard to pry ourselves away from brunch to continue our day. But we eventually leave and pick up Danny who is just down the street and we hug and exclaim with joy and hug some more, what the heck! We decide to go to Indian Canyon Palm Oasis (or some configuration of the aforementioned words). Great. Hiking. At least we have a bit of cloud cover but the humidity is prohibitive to much movement today.
The drive up reminded me of the Red Rock hike (without the caravan of troublemakers) but generally a similar scenery.
Tracy had a hankering for ice cream so after dropping Danny off for a rest, we found a Ben & Jerry's. Palm Springs is full of conveniences, I was so surprised. Anything you could possibly want - even the coffee shops sell gelato! Sal and Tracy got matching waffle cones and we sat outside pondering whether or not we'd be able to see meteor showers on Sal's last night here. There were clouds and heavy haze and things were not looking good! We turned over "The Big Chill" in our heads and tried to sort out each of our million travel plans for the next 12 months. We further cemented our theory that a majority of Travbuddies are totally ADD.
Tracy agrees to make a pitstop with me at Forever 21 in Palm Desert. I had went on a hunger induced shopping spree 3 weeks ago and bought all sorts of nonsense. My mom hated one of the dresses in particular, saying in Chinese that I looked like "a wrapped dumpling". I looked at the receipt a day before I left for Palm Springs and realized that Forever 21 doesn't have a 30 day return policy.. it has a TWENTY ONE day return policy! Slick, eh? Cheat the customers, promote the brand some more.
It's about 5pm now and Tracy and I have yet to check into our hotel. We go back, get our room, gag a little (couldn't get a non-smoking room - hotel is completely booked!) and marginally unpack. Showers are in order, and by the time we're done with that, it's time to leave to go back and pick up Sal and Danny again! I had read a nice review online about a restaurant called Copley's that looked fantastic. We go sans reservations and are given a seat in the outside patio area practically to ourselves! The night was warm, the atmosphere was romantic, and the company - unsurpassed! We eat amazing food, drink lovely concoctions and talk for about 4 hours! And I wanted more! Give me more great conversation!! The food was amazing at Copley's, but the highlights for me were the handmade cheese gnocchi and the basil ice cream.
A growing sentiment to go dancing after dinner evolved and Danny kindly took us to this INSANE boy's club. OH MY GOD. Palm Springs was pretty sedate and the streets weren't crowded at all. But we get to the club and it is OVERFLOWING. I have never seen so many men in so few clothes and it was my first time seeing a male go-go dancer I had to avert my eyes on the way in and on the way out it was totally crazy!! I do NOT want to see that much skin on someone I am not dating and please stop grabbing your parts young man!! No I don't want to see it!! Please put that away!!
Tracy, Danny and Sal shimmied by seventeen THOUSAND men and went to the dance floor to get their groove on. I could see them from the corner I was hiding at, trying to not faint from exhaustion or heat.
We leave a little after 1am and on the way back to the car, glance up. THE SKY HAS CLEARED! We were able to see stars!! So what do we do? You guessed it...
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