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.

About tomobert63

The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “alexandriacardinals.wordpress.com,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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