BEST. DAY. EVER!

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If we could all survive on 2 hours of a sleep per day without having some serious health repercussions - I'd gladly take a second helping of time and life as it is nothing short of delectable when with great friends.

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.
. time with us, though not hectic, would be anything but R&R! I think Sal might have put his head to the pillow perhaps 9 hours in 2 nights! sowwy my darling!! =D Tracy and I were very excited to explore a new city with some cool things to do and see Danny and Sal of course!!

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.
Incredible views!


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.
Little do Sal and Tracy realize they are going to be eaten by Tyrannasaurus...
We all moaned about our weeks, put it behind us with a good laugh, and fixed our gaze to the unknown potential to be tapped in Palm Springs. At least we were in excellent company!

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.
Sal is checking out possible architectural plans for his peds clinic in nepal.. ;)
Until we reach the top and look down. It's hard to capture what the scene looks like in pictures. It's like.. barren dirt or something - craggy dry mountains. And at the bottom you can trace the path of a river by this dense grove of palm trees snaking their way about a mile (perhaps more) into the distance. It looks amazing! And you can go down and walk under the shade of the trees the entire way. I marveled at the beginning-of-time feeling under these giant palms that naturally sprung up. No manicuring, no careful placement - and they were HUGE! We stayed as clear as possible of the the only nuisance - the fireants, and took some pictures. 15 minutes though, and we were covered in sweat from the humidity. It's kind of a funny feeling being totally sweaty but not really tired! Sal mentioned South Beach.
Best dinner companions ever =)
Better not take the chance so we made our way back up and dropped everyone off after taking a peek at Sal's gorgeous room with his 2 king sized beds and flat screen TV and underutilized sitting area!

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 "forcing" Sal to have the last bite!
I can't remember the last time I watched TV - I think it was season 3 of LOST - or had the patience to play a boardgame. Ah, but you know this makes us an interesting and fun breed and I am proud of it! =)

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.
Danny and I
Anywhere you can stick a 21, please do ahead. The Forever 21 in Palm Springs is not quite as cool as the ones in LA but I manage to find a shirt that I like and it's the same price as the dress, so we're all squared away.

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.
Clubbing time!
To DIE for, I almost went back the last day for lunch with Tracy!!

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.
Heehe!
They were dancing up a STORM! The lights were awesome, they looked like they were having SO MUCH FUN!! I am not normally one to back down from a little dancing but the humidity and heat was just unbearable in this club!

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...



jenn79 says:
Yeah it's funny, PS and LV are known for gambling and stuff but everytime I go there I haven't stepped foot in a casino!! If I had my REAL version, I'd be petting Siberian tigers and going on 2-seated gliders.. but you just can't beat the company of Sal, Tracy and Danny!
Posted on: Oct 15, 2008
sincitytraveler says:
Hahaha! I feel like a kid reading about a story I'm in!! Excellent blog Jenn!! I feel like I'm reliving the weekend!! :)
Posted on: Sep 02, 2008
alicegourmet says:
Seems that you guys had a wonderful time on the 1st day at Palm Spring! :)
Posted on: Sep 02, 2008
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leaning on a vertical rock
leaning on a vertical rock
Incredible views!
Incredible views!
Little do Sal and Tracy realize th…
Little do Sal and Tracy realize t…
Sal is checking out possible archi…
Sal is checking out possible arch…
Best dinner companions ever =)
Best dinner companions ever =)
Tracy forcing Sal to have the la…
Tracy "forcing" Sal to have the l…
Danny and I
Danny and I
Clubbing time!
Clubbing time!
Heehe!
Heehe!
The trio in Indian Palm Oasis
The trio in Indian Palm Oasis
Danny leading the way!
Danny leading the way!
Sal @ Copleys
Sal @ Copley's
Danny smoking one of my Capris
Danny smoking one of my Capris
Best dinner EVER! =)
Best dinner EVER! =)
Palm Springs
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