Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Palm Springs

Beth and I traveled to Palm Springs for Q-School finals over Thanksgiving weekend.
It was her first trip to the desert and I thought she would enjoy the stark landscape.
We stayed at the LaQuinta Resort which is a great historic getaway where many Hollywood stars would come to unwind and escape L.A.

Our "casita"

We took a day trip to Joshua Tree park to do some hiking and rock climbing.We ran into Beth's absolute FAVORITE critter. He was sitting in the road entering the park.
The rocks have a sandpaper-like texture which makes scrambling up a breeze.
I finally caught up to her!
The next adventure was a trip up the Palm Springs Tramway.
It's a 2.5 mile ride up the mountain from the desert floor.
It was chilly and there was a good bit of snow up top.
Looking down on Palm Springs.
Beth enjoys the view.
A taste of winter.

On our last day, we went horseback riding in the desert. A nice contrast to the snowy mountain!
Our guide brings out the transportation.
He led us on a great 2-hour ride.
It ain't a Harley, but it'll get you from here to there!