First off Happy 2018!! We decided to ring in the New Year in Palm Springs. Some years we are home on new year’s eve and other years we find ourselves waking up to a brand spanking new year in a different city. Even though the kids had two weeks off from school they barely had anytime to decompress because Christmas happened right off the bat. That’s why we decided that a little getaway was in order. We chose Palm Springs because it was near by, you can count on sublime weather this time of year, and the desert scenery is unparalleled.
On New Year’s Eve we drove down to Palm Springs and visited Sunnylands Center and Garden. The grounds were simply superb, manicured cacti and drought resistant garden, reflection pools, and a main circular central lawn for racing and doing cartwheels. The kids were intrigued by the labyrinth and we drooled over the Mid Century architecture of the main building, which housed priceless pieces of fine art. Also, a big plus is that it’s free, funded by the Annenberg Trust, but be sure to check out their operating hours, as it is very limited.
Before heading to the hotel, we stopped for a quick dinner and spent the evening in our jams watching the ball drop at 9pm. Then it was bedtime by 10pm. It was in my eyes a spectacular fanciful evening and exactly how I love to spend this day, with my little family by my side safe and sound.
The Renaissance in Indian Wells was our home away from home for 3 nights. The kids just love the huge heated pools. We spent a few evenings swimming under the stars and utilizing our giant unicorn and pretzel floaties that we brought from home. This may sound silly but it’s a routine of ours when traveling and staying in hotels. After a long day of exploring outside we love to come back to the room, get under the covers and watch some of our favorite shows on the Food Network. The kids request it specifically, you can’t beat Chopped Junior, Cupcake Wars, or any of Guy Fieri’s shows for that matter.
The first day of 2018 was spent exploring nearby Joshua Tree National Park. Our last visit was Spring Break 2017. I was so excited and glad that we made it back here sooner than I thought. We found ourselves a quiet people free spot for the kids to climb boulders and explore. We also made it to Keys View and had a look at the San Andreas fault and I’m not going to lie, but an Earthquake happening at that very moment flashed through my head several times. YIKES.
We had a few hiccups early on in the day with both children and parents not on their best behavior, but you just have to ask for grace upon grace and those things always work itself out. At the end of the day only the happy moments standout. There was plenty of cacti, boulders and Joshua trees around, but a little bummed that we did not see not one single wildlife. Still, it was another great visit.
The next day we woke up early and headed to Palm Desert for breakfast at Wilma and Frieda. A cute cafe that served upscale breakfast comfort foods. I stuck to sunny-side up eggs, biscuit with house made jam and hash browns, while the kids were drawn to the sweeter french toast dishes. After we cleared off our plates like good little children and leaving not a single crumb behind we took off on an hour and a half journey South towards Salvation Mountain.
Salvation Mountain is a 50ft high by 150ft wide clay and concrete mountain set in a desert wasteland and was created by artist Leonard Knight. He was driven by his Christian faith to create this monumental devotion to God. I love the uplifting colors and the underlining message of love, hope, and faith that is woven throughout this place. The kids thought it was beautiful and playful. They loved following the yellow painted pathway up and down the mountain. The visit here was incredible and brought peace to my heart.
2018 is off to a great start. This trip has set the tone for what’s in store for our family this year. I would like to see a lot more outdoorsy moments and mini getaways. I also wanted to leave you with this year’s mantra “Less time spent worrying and more time doing”.