Monday, November 12, 2012

Gorgeous Palm Springs - and an over-tired single Mum

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We leave San Diego mid afternoon and decide to drive to Palm Springs.
We arrive and it is just starting to get dark.
We have no idea Gay Pride Festival is on this weekend,
so most reasonable hotels are booked out.
I must have driven to 10 or 15 and we finally find a cancellation,
but it is at Motel 6.

Alas, there is a faulty air-conditioning unit next door,
 and from midnight until 7 am it has 5 minutes on like a Mac truck
is going through the room, the 5 minutes peace.
I go to reception and the manager could not give a hoot.
He refuses to even go to the room next door.
As the hotel is booked out I am stuck.
I visit him 3 times.
In the end I yell so loudly at around 3 am I lose my voice.

This is the start of me getting over-tired as a traveling single Mum.
Next morning there is a lovely girl on reception.
I had already packed the bags in the car.
She offers me a free night and 50% off the previous night.
And a room by the pool - I say "YES"!
(Later her manager finds out and is NOT happy!)

Next morning it is hot - sooo hot - in fact I barely can sit for 1 second
on the Lucille Ball seat to get a photo.
This is right by where we line up to get breakfast at Pinnochio's in the Desert.
It is over a 1 hour wait to get a table.
This town has gone crazy, and barely can cope with the influx of tourists.

We drive around and find some amazing metal statues.

We find the huge Marilyn Munroe statue.

We head back to sort the room and find this glitzy camp car.
It is mosaic mirrors - even on the side windows.
I am amazed it is legal.

The next day we do the most Aerial Tramway.
The internal floor rotates - which makes me a little off in the tummy at the start.
We opt for the sunset tram and head up late afternoon.

It is so cold.  the water bottle has leaked in my knapsack 
and I have wet trousers and socks.
So I am stuck in shorts.
Thank goodness we have been loaned some fleece tops by our
Couch-surfing friends in LA.
We love the top of Mount San Jacinto.
It is breath-taking.
We race around the pine forest until just before sunset.

It is a small walk down but it is getting cold and damp.
The ranger is also out looking for lost Japanese tourists.

The change in climate is amazing.

We head to the city viewing area as the sun starts to set.

We stay up here until dark.
The city lights of Palm Springs are just divine.
We spend 3 days in total in Palm Springs.
I am getting tired.
I haven't caught up on the night I missed my sleep.
My eyes are red and sting.
I long for a few days rest.
I hope I get this when we go towards Grand Canyon,
but somehow I doubt it.

Now Motel 6 ends up being a good place to stay.
The pool is heated to a glorious temperature.
We enjoy evening swims.
I also go Thrift Shopping.
On writing this I have left Palm Springs.
If I had my lime over I would have actually bought a lot more.
I should have spent $100 and ditched my old clothes and bought new ones here.
Many designer clothes still had their tags attached.
There was some amazing items.

But all in all we really did love Palm Springs.
Just wish I could have had a few hours to myself.
By the time I have done laundry; shopped; made a meal
or taken us out to dinner; driven around etc - 
well I am just tired I guess.
Home-schooling has become a fight.
Traveling is wearing me out and I just need to stop and rest for a bit.

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