As much as I dream of traveling out of the country to some far off exotic land, I also love places that only require a few hours drive. The upside to this is that the actual vacationing can commence sooner and the stress of airports and making sure you don’t forget anything gets the back seat.
During the kids’ Spring break, we decided to stay fairly close to home. We took a road trip from LA down to Palm Springs, to Anza Borrego, and then San Diego. If you look at it on a map, we basically did one big ole triangle. I’m going to break our vacations up into three posts, for the most part it’s a photo dump and it will be easier for me to manage a write up for each part of the vacation.
Since I’ve been with the hubs for over 20 years now, taking time off to travel was something we’ve striven to do whenever possible. Especially with kids, it’s even more important to us to help cultivate special childhood vacation memories for them. Growing up, my family didn’t have a lot of money to ever traveled just for the hell of it. It was to always visit friends or family in what ever state they lived in. So I am wholeheartedly thankful for the blessings of being able to travel deeper with my family as an adult. Most of our vacation aren’t always lavish, we aren’t really picky on the hotels we stay in, we opt for the best rates with our standards in mind, cleanliness being number one. We also like to know if there are grocery stores nearby or along the way because let’s face it, travel food budgets can get out of control if we only dined out. For us, it’s really just about experiencing the beauty and uniqueness of each place together as a family.
Another great thing about a trip that takes only 2 hours to drive to, is that we don’t have to leave at the crack of dawn. For this trip, we headed into Palms Springs just in time for lunch. We stopped at King’s Highway Diner located in the macrame drenched, hipster haven, Ace Hotel for lunch. It had an old diner feel, because it was once an old Denny’s, but this diner offers tasty and beautiful cocktails to go along with the typical breakfast fare, tacos, burgers and sandwiches. You better believe I had to give one of their alcoholic creations a try, mine had hibiscus syrup and served with a pretty orchid as garnish, as for the other parts of the drink I can’t remember it too well.
After lunch we still had a few hours before we could check in, so we took the kids to The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. This was recommended by several friends and in return I highly recommend it to you. Giraffes, Hyenas, Cheetahs, and Meercats were a few animals we saw that day. Such a treat to see these furry creatures. The kids’ favorite memory was getting to ride on a Camel. What a super neat experience for them.
The four of us were tired by the time we finished with the zoo. The sun and heat really beat down on us so when we checked in, I was hoping the kids wouldn’t ask to go to the pool. Well they did and we obliged. We told ourselves what the heck, we’re on vacation and pool hangs is what it’s all about here in Palm Springs. While everyone was out to dinner, we were enjoying the sunset, and having the amazing heated pool practically to ourselves. We really couldn’t have asked for a better time to start off this vacation.