Step 1: Early Hike on Bogert Trail
Good Morning Palm Springs. Fair warning, waking up early isn’t a fan-favorite option for most teens. In this case, the itinerary included a morning hike on Bogert Trail (which I heard about from blogger KellyGoLightly and now like to refer to as KellyGoLightly’s Hike). She casually mentions in her blog post having seen rattlesnakes on a couple of trips there. We convinced our girl that if we went early enough (arrived there about 7:30am) we likely would not encounter any snakes. That was motivation enough to get us all up for this sunrise! Way worth it kids.
We grabbed Starbucks coffees and pastries “to go” from the Renaissance Palm Springs Marriott – such a nice hotel, and headed south to Indian Canyons. The drive was short and beautiful – about 15 min. Parking is easy. The trail is clean and clear. Easy breezy perfect if you ask me.
We parked next to this gorgeous blooming cactus.
Here are a few pics from the way up. Steve and Lisa told us that the rains have brought a green to the desert that they haven’t gotten to see in awhile. Lucky us!
View from the top and a selfie.
Here are some pics from the way back down.
Lots to look at including birds, lizards, white grasshoppers, pretty cool stones and not a single rattlesnake!
We noticed someone is lucky enough to live in Indian Canyons at the foot of Bogert Trail, and wondered if their life is this sweet every day.
Step 2: Cruise Indian Canyons looking for the perfect vacation home
After coming down the hill from Bogert Trail, we were mesmerized by the homes in the Indian Canyons neighborhood and how much was for sale. Some of us are still working and don’t have time to “winter in Palm Springs” but it was sure fun to dream. If anyone is truly in the market for a home there (looking at you Uncle Sam!) … this one was our favorite with the orange door and patio chairs. They had an orange mailbox too. Such sophistication.
We also found a four-woman garage sale, where we picked up a few fun things including a Michael Kors handbag in mint condition.
Step 3: Back to the Renaissance Palm Springs Mariott Super Pool
Step 4: Take new Mid Century Mod dress for a spin at The Parker
From what I could gather before we left on this trip, pretty much every travel blogger and pinterest maven out there thinks a trip to Jonathan Adler Designed Parker Hotel & Spa is a must-see attraction. We wanted to know what all the fuss was about and made time to go there for happy hour. Let me start by saying that they ONLY have valet parking, but surprisingly it was free!
Highly recommend the homemade chips and Sancerre…
We enjoyed a lively conversation with our teen about the hanging basket chairs and owl decor of The Sixties. Other kids at the Parker were also enjoying the basket chairs.
We were anxiously awaiting a stroll through the Parker Gardens, which we heard were amazing, and only made it this far before we were told the grounds were closed for a wedding event.
No worries… my mother is her father’s daughter, and her father could always find a way in. Took a peek in the halls…
Took a peek in the gardens…
Took a peek at “the Event”…
We noticed a lovely older couple in matching baby blue attire, clearly in love and headed in to this special wedding. Wished them all a wonderful evening and picked up our Toyota from the valet! Time to head to our show at Palm Desert High School.
Along the way we stopped for takeout and stumbled on a hidden gem restaurant. We walked in to order spaghetti and meatballs “to go” and instantly fell in love with the scent of good Italian, live vocals singing “That’s Amore”, the friendliness of the Italian family that clearly runs the place, and the buzzing hum of happy locals at home in one of their favorite venues. We regretted not arriving early enough to enjoy a sit-down meal here, but don’t worry Piazza Trilussa, we’ll be back next time we are in town for sure.
Step 5: Let ourselves be uplifted by Up With People
If you are at all wondering what this crazy world is coming to and are starting to lose hope in mankind then you need to see this show. We came upon it looking for tickets to catch something while we were in Palm Springs, and thought it might be a musical our teenager would like. All of us agreed it was fantastic! Seeing so many young, talented artists from around the world come together to perform and raise awareness on climate change, equality and peace in a special message of hope was very uplifting. Our teenager ranked it the best thing we did in Palm Springs, so there’s that. Check here for future performances. It sounds like they having been coming once a year to Coachella Valley, so it likely could be available next year. Tickets were $15 for a 2 hour performance. Two thumbs up for Up With People’s World Tour and a must-see for teens. Some of these performers you know are going to go on to be famous!
We were also uplifted to know that although we were ending our last day in Palm Springs, we still had two Spring Break days ahead to meet up with Mickey Mouse in Disneyland. More on that adventure in another post.
I happen to be in a lot of pain today from a pinched nerve, but I’m going to try and take my own advice and “Choose Happy.” I know it’s a choice worth it’s weight in gold.
See you later Palm Springs. You were more than good to us, and the teriffic teenager we shared Spring Break with.