We thought we might need a respite from winter in Prescott so we planned a trip to Palm Springs to coincide with Steve and Laura’s winter habitation. (As it turned out, we were “escaping” 70 degree temps in Prescott for 80 degree temps in Palm Springs.) There and back we drove past familiar landscapes from our month in Congress, two years ago.
Then we came upon the landscapes of Palm Springs.
We moved into a motel room for a 10-day stay. It was modest and noisy, but this made up for it:
Phil and Jan joined us from San Luis Obispo and we six (+ Pixel, Abbey, and Oti) made the most of our time together. Steve and Laura have a house for the winter, so we spent a lot of time chillin’ there.
We had lots of great meals
and we went to a couple of music venues. Steve sang for us with the Gand Band at Oscar’s. Barry Baughn Blues Band makes Shanghai Red’s a great place to hang.
On Ted’s birthday, the six of us headed east to Joshua Tree National Park, stopping first at a roadside attraction: Noah Purifoy’s Outdoor Desert Museum of Assemblage Sculpture
And driving by the “supervillain lair,” designed by Kendrick Bangs Kellogg.
Then Joshua Tree itself. We hiked around in the Lost Horse area,
then we moved on to Hemingway Buttress where we watched the sun go down.
An astronomer met us there for guided stargazing and we spent quite a while marveling at the dark sky and brilliant stars. His telescope, binoculars, and vast knowledge helped us to focus in on things, but the mind-blowing expanse was the true star of the show!
Ted and I met up with Andy and his new sweetie at Andy’s place in La Quinta. [They were camera-shy.]
For our private celebration of Ted’s birthday, we spent a wonderful afternoon at the Sunstone spa in Rancho Mirage, followed by champagne and dinner at Oceans. The next day we had brunch with Kelle in Palm Desert. (The camera didn’t come out on these occasions — sometimes I forget I’m documenting and just enjoy myself!)
Then all too soon we were heading through the lovely Arizona vistas toward home.
And, for no extra charge, here’s a parting glance from our intrepid itinerant.