California Dreamin’ (Part IX)

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[January 9, our second day in the desert, awoke that morning and went out onto Beryl and Don’s backyard.  They have a view that’s not bad!]

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[They have tall palm trees . . . ]

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[Overlooking a golf course . . . ]

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[Don wanders out to make sure my code of conduct is up to community standards . . . ]

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[The backyard is artificial turf – NO MOWING!]

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[The putting green is a nice touch (Beryl, you’re going to have to give me strokes!)]

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[Don in his heyday?  Fore!!!!]

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[My shadow’s in the lap pool.  Hope it can swim!]

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[Plotting the day’s strategy over Beryl’s wonderful B&B breakfast.]

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[They may be in Palm Desert now, but their hearts are still at Lake L’Homme Dieu!]

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[And the Twin Cities!]

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[Despite warning lights and chairs blocking the exit, I still stumbled on the step coming out of the sunken living room and almost had a head-on collision with a rather sizeable mirror.]

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[Of course, I was planning to say this was just the sitting room off our bedroom . . .]

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[Which is right here (sweet suite).]

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[We had initially thought a trip to Borrego Springs for lunch, but it’s a long trip and we went there on our last visit.  So, Beryl thought a day in Palm Springs would be fun – and we agreed, because we had never really spent any time there before.]

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[So, first we had to get up close and personal with Ms. Monroe.]

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[A woman to whom you only come up to shin level is intimidating.]

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[But I didn’t mind.]

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[OK, I’m overplaying my hand here . . .]

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[But . . .]

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[BTW, Beryl, to her everlasting credit, thought I should have stood between Marilyn’s legs and looked straight up for a photo op! 😉  ]

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[Lucy!]

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[Yes, I’m probably getting a little too familiar here.]

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[Beautiful downtown Palm Springs.  Once home to the rich and famous, now a little more avant-garde.]

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[It is a spectacular setting.]

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[The supervisor and Beryl check the theatre billboard . . . ]

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[It’s the last year for the Plaza Theatre. All the performers, including on this poster, are our age – including Susan Anton! 🙂  ]

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[The barker gave us the hard sell but we just didn’t have the time.]

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[Sonny Bono, once mayor here.]

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[At the tourist info center with the mountains in the background.]

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[Lookin’ good, ladies! ]

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[The mountains seem to be in the city’s backyard.]

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[Heading into Beryl’s favorite Palm Springs restaurant for lunch . . .  ]

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[Terrazza!]

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[A driving tour took us here, at the edge of town . . . ]

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[Home to Melvyn’s Restaurant . . .]

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[Hidden away a bit from the teeming masses . . .]

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[It’s where the famous entertainers escaped for dinner.  We were under surveillance as we drove through.  😉  ]

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[Melvyn’s flora.]

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[Bob Hope’s!]

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[Yup, the real Bob Hope!]

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[OK, had to make sure I got a good shot.]1-9-14-63-1 - Copy [We actually did drive around a bit to find the right angles.]

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[It was time to leave the desert and go back to the beach. ]

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[Adios, Palm Desert.]

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[I have no idea who Roy Wilson is, but I thought I’d make him famous.]

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[Instead of going back on the interstates, we went over the mountains.  Palm Desert in Coachella Valley below.]

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[The road switchbacks all the way up.]

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[If you miss your turn???]

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[Not a good idea to be texting on this highway.]

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[I wanna take you higher . . .  ]

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[Welcome to the surface of Mars.]

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[Where most of these photos were shot in the run, we obviously (based on my shadow) stopped at an overlook here.]

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[The whole of Coachella Valley.]

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[Just about to the top.]

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[Now heading down the mountain on the ocean side, while still arid, wet enough for trees.]

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[Neat, huh?]

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[Hiyo, Silver!]

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[And whatta way to . . . ]

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[End this chapter!]

Old age is having a choice of two temptations and choosing the one that will get you home earlier.

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