Palm Springs Morning
Today, we did not have the good fortune to start the morning with a savory continental breakfast. Our Motel 6 did not offer such indulgences. It was a pretty good motel, nevertheless, and was right downtown Palm Springs where all the action happens.
I got on my trusty phone, opened Yelp, and found us a nice breakfast restaurant with great reviews and not too many dollar signs. The name of it was Elmer’s Restaurant, and it seemed to be one of the top local favorites. Elmer’s was quite a nice place, casual, and spacious. The food came very quickly, and it was really tasty. I ordered crepes with lingonberries, and devoured them like there was no tomorrow. The kids also polished their plates, and so did hubby.
After breakfast, we drove around town a little bit, making a couple of stops. One was at CVS so hubby could buy sunscreen, another one in the middle of a random street so I could pose for a picture with palm trees.
Palm Canyon Drive
Then we decided it would be nice to park somewhere near downtown, and explore Palm Springs some more. Finding a parking spot wasn’t a huge ordeal, probably because most places didn’t open until about 11:00 am, as we found out. It’s either that, or the fact that it was a balmy 96 degrees outside…who knows. So, we walked up and down Palm Canyon Drive, staying as much as possible in the shade.
There were also mist-spraying pipes attached to the roof edges of many businesses to help resuscitate the woozy pedestrians. Our kids kept trying to reach for the mist while screaming and laughing, and nearly crashed into several people. I was prepared that I would have to deny knowing them sooner or later.
Searching for Lucy
We continued walking around downtown mostly drenched in sweat and a little mist. I had read somewhere that there was a statue of Lucille Ball from “I love Lucy”, and being a fan of the show, I had my mind set on finding it. After refreshing ourselves with passion teas from Starbucks and making another stop for ice cream, we did manage to locate the Lucille Ball stature. Even though it didn’t look exactly like Lucy, it was good enough for a few photos.
As we continued our stroll along Palm Canyon Drive, we noticed that more and more people were starting to come out. It was getting closer to lunchtime, and even though temperatures were rising, people seemed to be having a sizzling good time.
Wacky But Healthy Lunch
We decided it was time for lunch, and chose a place called Raw Remedy Organic Juice & Raw Food Bar. Yup, it’s a mouthful, but sounded so alternative and healthy. I admit, I didn’t really consider what the kids would eat there. I guess I subconsciously figured we would find something. We ended up ordering a nice salad for hubby, green smoothie bowl topped with oats and fruit for me, and some wacky raw tacos for the kids. These tacos were made with dehydrated corn shells, vegetarian taco meat, cashew sour cream, and cashew cheese to name a few of the ingredients. They ended up being a little too nutty for the kids, but I sure enjoyed them; and the kids ended up devouring my green smoothie bowl, and a berry smoothie on the side. So, we managed!
After lunch, we went to our car to begin the drive up North to our next destination, Oakhurst, CA near Yosemite National Park. As we were walking to the car, we kept commenting on all the palm trees lining up Palm Canyon Drive. The kids kept saying that they looked like they were wearing furry coats. This is because the older, dry leaves were left to hang down, and they were evened out at the bottom. We all thought these were some really fun, hip, and funky-looking palm trees.
On the Road to Oakhurst and Yosemite
We got in the car, and waved goodbye to beautiful Palm Springs. As we exited town, we saw a gigantic wind farm, which made us happy. Actually, every solar panel or windmill we see makes us happy because it means clean energy, and we care a great deal about the future of our planet. Unfortunately, our excitement was short-lived because as soon as we passed the wind farm, we got stuck in LA traffic. Even though we were driving around LA, rather than through it, we were close enough to still enjoy cruising at 5 miles an hour or less among thousands of other cars. Isn’t it ironic…the clean windmills activated by the pure power of Mother Nature, followed by the congestion and smog of LA traffic!
Oakhust, CA…First AirBnb Experience
After some time, we managed to get out of this traffic nightmare, and little by little we began seeing more golden hills, and fewer cars. We arrived in Oakhurst, CA around 7:00 pm. Since everyone was hungry, we stopped by a pizza place for dinner. After we ate more than we should have, we drove to the house where we were going to stay. I had rented for us a couple of rooms through AirBnb. It was our very first experience with this service, and we were hoping it would be a good one. Our host Julie greeted us at the door of her house, and showed us to our bedrooms: one for us, and one for the kids. This was going to be our home for the next 4 days. Julie’s welcoming personality came through right away, and we knew our stay with her was going to be great! After unloading the car, we quickly went to bed. We were awaiting with great excitement our upcoming days in Yosemite National Park, one of America’s great masterpieces.
Join us again for a visit to Yosemite Valley. This is the day we finally enter Yosemite National Park, and have an amazing time in the heart of this stunning place.