And I thought I loved the South...

Anytime I can sing the praises of the south, you can bet your bottom dollar I do! "There's no place like it", "The weather is great", "The history and architecture are beauties like no other", and then I met Palm Springs! 

Several weeks ago, we planned a family rendezvous on the west coast! We flew into San Diego, and then drove into the desert versus flying direct. This gave us an the amazing opportunity to take a mini road trip and see some usual sights.

First stop, HWY 78 and The Anza-Borrego Desert....

he said the terrain reminded him of afghanistan.  

he said the terrain reminded him of afghanistan. 

hey, department of defense...we found a new exercise location. your welcome! 

hey, department of defense...we found a new exercise location. your welcome! 

Next stop, the Salton Sea....

The Salton Sea was created accidentally in 1905. Waters were being diverted to the Imperial Valley for agricultural reasons, a flood caused an irrigation canal to break and waters then freely flow into the Salton Basin.  In the 1920's, it was a hopping tourist destination, and by the 1950's it supposedly had more visitor than Yosemite National Park. This was going to be California's new hot spot; vacation homes, yacht clubs, beaches, and of course hotels.

However, this accidental sea had other plans and also no outlet. As the water evaporates the salinity goes up {It's ruffly 25% higher than the ocean}. The salinity, as well as toxic algae, deoxygenation due to over growth of algae, Vibrio alginolyticus, trace selenium, and being an approved agricultural repository, have all stressed the local biota and unfortunately contributed to massive fish and bird dieoffs as well as mutations...not to mention a very unpleasant smell.

It smelled as good as one might think! There were places where the barnacles were ruffly 6 to 7 inches deep above the sand.

It smelled as good as one might think! There were places where the barnacles were ruffly 6 to 7 inches deep above the sand.

That unusal looking sand: barnacles. They crunched under your feet as well as caused you to sink with every step. .  

That unusal looking sand: barnacles. They crunched under your feet as well as caused you to sink with every step.. 

And just like that, everything closed up, was abandoned, and empty....  

before

before

after

after

But of course I wanted to stop(I love weird and unusual things)! 

it looks post apocalyptic...right out of a movie.  

it looks post apocalyptic...right out of a movie. 

"just sit right back and you'll hear a tale. a tale of a fateful trip...." 

"just sit right back and you'll hear a tale. a tale of a fateful trip...." 

Sixty miles later...

We arrived at Heaven's Gate...otherwise known as The Parker Palm Springs! It's almost hard to describe this place. Every time I attempt to do so...yeah, I'm at a loss for words. In fact, the mere thought of this place leaves a smile on my face, and a warm feeling in my soul. Yes...Yes, it was just that magical! It was like going to a mid-century modern "Alice in Wonderland!" 

Locked away from the real world, and nestled in the middle of the desert is this beautiful hidden oasis. Towering hedges surround the property making it completely private, and a place where you can't help but let your everyday burdens faded into the distance.

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It was decorated by my favorite interior designer, the phenomenal Jonathan Adler{please google him if you've not yet been aquatinted with his work}! Quite frankly, any adjective I could use to describe the decor and how fabulous it truly was would simply be an understatement...so, I'll just stick with photographs. 

how fabulous is their curb appeal? 

how fabulous is their curb appeal? 

decor to die for! 

decor to die for! 

just Say No!  

just Say No! 

norma's was the places for breakfast...  

norma's was the places for breakfast... 

Click the links below...It's ok to be curious! 

adults only!

adults only!

he knows all kinds of nifty tricks.  

he knows all kinds of nifty tricks. 

what happens when you're trying to blend in and look fabulous...

what happens when you're trying to blend in and look fabulous...

au revoir mr. parker

au revoir mr. parker

Palm Springs Day Two...

 

The last leg of our adventure was spent with family at this amazing AirBnb. The whole house was pretty neat, but the back yard took the cake{I got a bad case of outdoor entertaining envy}. I would replicate this in our own back yard, but we'd undoubtably spend all our time hosing off pollen and mold, and never get to enjoy it. Yes, in the south...we're damp, and our plants are always having sex on everything.

seriously, couldn't you just spend forever in this backyard!?

seriously, couldn't you just spend forever in this backyard!?

After settling in, our party of three took the Palm Springs Ariel Tramway to the top of Mount San Jacinto.  We hiked around...maybe I should say "they hiked, I huffed and puffed."  We don't hike in South Carolina,we stroll. Down the beach, around town, your neighborhood, the mall, but it's all at a stroll...nice and easy. No climbing necessary, much less elevations. So, needless to say I was always pullin' up the rear. I can brag, however, that they do teach southern girls how to "teetee" outside...so, I at least when nature called, I had that part covered. 

shopping really is my cardio!

shopping really is my cardio!

Palm Springs Day Three...

We visited Joshua Tree State Park and relaxed.

The terrain was like nothing I had ever seen before. I felt like I was on set with the Flintstones. 

hey good looking!

hey good looking!

i could really get used to this.

i could really get used to this.

Palm Springs Day Four...

 

Last stop before our flight was the Palm Springs Art Museum

standing on one side of a large glass sculpture.

standing on one side of a large glass sculpture.

this was the most life like sculpture i have ever seen...and of course i was going to do something inappropriate.   

this was the most life like sculpture i have ever seen...and of course i was going to do something inappropriate.  

Palm Springs really had it all. Terrific weather, a mid-century design and architecture obsession, hidden oases, color(people, places, and things) and it's now officially become my retirement destination location.

My hopes for old age.... lounging by a lushes pool side oasis in a colorful kaftan, while sipping a cocktail, and letting my silver hair blow in the wind. 

You had glamour, you had class, Palm Springs you were FA-BU-LASS!

 

Until we meet again!

XOXO - Nicole

 

The Salton Sea Authority (October 3, 1997) Retrieved from www.sci.sdsu.edu/salton%20sea%20description.html