Thursday, November 13, 2014

Palm Springs 2014

We've been back from Palm Springs since Saturday afternoon and I've been catching up in the office and family.

How is it...
that when you go away for one week...
there are two weeks to prepare to go...
and a good week to catch up when you get home.

We stayed a night in Vancouver at the airport on Friday night before our early flight to Palm Springs. 

I am so sorry I didn't have my camera out to take a picture of Elmer and Judy when they met us at the airport.  Their smiling faces made us feel happy to be on holidays and the feeling never left during our stay with them. 

I must have really been relaxing because taking photos was not a priority as much as enjoying the moments.   I will share a few because I want to remember how wonderful the week was.

Palm trees are the most welcoming sight and most pleasing to my senses after feeling the warmth of the sunshine.

Sunday morning we drove out to Neuvo and visited the Olive Grove Church where Ellen's brother Steve Bagdanov is the pastor.  If you want to feel welcomed in a church while you are visiting Palm Springs...go there.

Elmer and Judy and Terry and I, picked up Scot and Kathy in our rental car.

After church, we drove to Idyllwild for lunch.
It was chilly there and we were happy to find a great little restaurant called Gastrognome.

We enjoyed such a great day together with friends.

I had my land books and my kindle books and every once in awhile I would forget which one I was supposed to be reading and carried on again when I was on dry land.  
I realized that moving between two books is not a lot different than watching one TV show after another. 

Don't you love this view out the patio where we ate breakfast every morning. 
We spent hours chatting and laughing while we shared meals. 

Some days we ate in and shared the cooking and other days we enjoyed some of the great restaurants in town.

This was our lunch routine by the pool. 

We didn't eat such a big platter of nachos everyday.

Elmer and Terry were happy to take us to the outlet malls one day.
Judy and I shopped while they kept the packages and read. 

In the afternoons we took the double inner tubes down the lazy river. 
I am not sure exactly what I expected...
but nothing I imagined came close to the pleasure of reading while being floated around under the sun and shade.

Every evening we played games.

We love Rook and were happy to find that Elmer and Judy do too. 

Did I mention we loved the lazy river?

We mostly even kept our books dry.

One morning we visited the Coachella Valley Preserve where the Andreas Fault runs through.  

When we got back to our hotel we checked to see if there had been any tremors of note.  

On our last evening there...
the moon came up over the mountains and we stopped the car to see it and take pictures.

We left those lovely palm trees behind and came home in time to take in the  beautiful leaves blowing around.

We've now been to Palm Springs more than once and feel pretty sure that we will love to visit again.

Vacations with great friends...
is a good thing. 

all for now...

Tuesday, November 11, 2014