Desert at 120°

I'm going to start doing something a bit different on sporadic Thursday's. Occasionally, I get to do something that's incredible Californian and I've decided it's time to start sharing those moments. Last weekend I spent some quality time with family in Palm Springs, which is essentially out in the desert but far enough away from Los Angeles/Orange County/Las Vegas/San Diego that there aren't many tourists. Let me put it this way, the tourists go to Los Angeles and Las Vegas and the locals go to Palm Springs or Laughlin.

This photo is just beyond the pass in Riverside County. Basically, the gateway to the low desert. California is basically all desert or coastal. Since I live East of the Santa Ana mountain range, I technically live in the high desert. When you come out of the San Fernando mountains (I'm not sure that's what they're called...) you're in the low desert. Think Death Valley. And the low desert is where Palm Springs is located.

Typically, the fam likes to stay at Agua Caliente which is technically not in Palm Springs, but it's a stones throw away, so it's the same-same. I love this hotel. It's got a Casino, a Spa, a ridiculously good steak house and really, you never have to leave once you're there. And when it's 120° out, you really don't want to.

We were only there for about 24 hours, so we didn't have a lot of time, but while we were there, the ladies got massages while the guys gambled. All three of us chose the "Rose Quartz Massage" which utilizes rose quartz essential oils and the actual gemstones to help relax and balance your system. 

After the massage we lounged for a bit and then got ready for dinner, which was really good and really expensive. We had the best waiter ever! Because we tend to come here a lot, the meal ended up being comp'd which was pretty fantastic since it was more than $200 and but less than $700 for the 4 of us to eat. However, it was hands down the best steak I've ever had. To top off the weekend, Agua Caliente was riddled with my favorite desert plan, the Purple Prickly Pear Cactus. I will plant my entire garden with these, and only these....when I decide to garden. Which may be never, but a girl can dream right?

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