0 Back from Vacation

It all started with my mother-in law asking if we wanted to go visit the hubby in PALM SPRINGS. How could I resist? 

So we planned and planned and finally we hopped a plane.  We were welcomed with beautiful weather which was sunny, warm, and just completely gorgeous-- the total opposite from snow/rain mix and 20°F Wisconsin weather.  It was the perfect time to unwind, kick up our feet, and relax. Of course we had some adventures including TONS of shopping, sea world, and visiting his base. 

When booking the hotel in Palm Springs, we were little mislead, but this trip was not about enjoying the hotel atmosphere. Here's one of the pictures they showed on their website:
Looks luxurious right?  Well imagine some stains, cracks, and untamed grass. On the other hand the pool and hot tub were well maintained- all that matters anyway am I right?

The first thing we did was take a visit to the marine corps base. We showed off his stomping grounds for the last two years.  It's weird to be back and meet some of the marines he'd been talking about that have migrated to his unit since the last time I visited.

My mother-in-law insisted we eat at Clint Eastwood's restaurant called Hog's Breath Inn, per her obsession superfandom. I think she was hoping to see Clint himself but I guess he just wasn't in town that day.  He was, however, blasted on every wall- close enough right?
This is outside the Clint Eastwood's Hog's Breath Inn Restaurant (cell phone quality, sorry).
Hog's Breath Inn Restaurant was a wonderful place to eat by the way.  Fancy garnishing, delicious, and great Bloody Mary's. It was a little pricey, but it is what you come to expect in California. Ahh who am I kidding, sometimes you just have to splurge a little.

Another day we visited Sea World. Some of the highlight's were the Shamu show. the penguins, and the exotic fish.  We scoured the whole park and by the end of the day we were pretty exhausted.  Along with the sunburn of course!  I guess we seem to forget that first day of sun as we're definitely not used to it in good ol' Wisconsin.

Shamu show

Penguins- my favorite!!

Just look at this guy!
One afternoon we took a stroll downtown and did lots of shopping and ate at my favorite Mexican restaurant- Las Casuelas- as in I never preferred Mexican cuisine until this place.
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We also stopped at one of my favorite shops in downtown Palm Springs- Lush Couture. Boy do I miss this place. Can you believe everything is $16 or less? Yeah this is my cheapass kinda place. They always have new styles arriving all the time, and it's hard for me not to walk out broke. I wish I would have thought to take a picture so let's see someone else's photos, shall we?

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I ended up purchasing one thing, this lovely jacket for work:

I cant quite remember the boutique I purchased these but deciding between the two fabulous shoes proved difficult so both came home with me:

Since my mother-in-law really wanted to feel the experience of where we lived, no trip would be complete without showing her Big Bear. This place is like home away from home. When your surrounded by desert and you can see for miles and miles, it's nice to have an 'oasis' and feel a bit more at home. You never know how much you miss grass, and trees, and lakes, and just the smell of nature until it's gone.

The drive is part of the fun when getting to Big Bear.  On one trip we found these cool rock formations and decided to stop.  Since it's such a drive- 2 hours either from Twentynine Palms or Palm Springs.  This place is so fun albeit graffiti filled but still fun to climb around on the rocks.
I may just get a little carried away when I edit photos?

And the Evo.
Whenever we are in big bear we drive around the lake to take in the views and hug the curves of the road, and then return back downtown to visit the cute shops. One of our favorites is Stupidiotic. 
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Oh and we always stop to eat at this little Pizzaria, Saucy Mama's. They have this appetizer I can't remember the name but basically it's bread stuffed with barbecue chicken and absolutely delicious!

On the last full day there, we decided to take the Palm Springs Tram. It is a cable car suspended which takes you from the bottom of the Palm Springs Valley to the top of one of the tallest mountains in the area. If you ever visit Palm Springs, it's THE site to see. Breathtaking scenery, good food and drinks. 

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One of our travelers was a bit scared of heights:

On the day of travel, we wasted some time driving around Palm Springs and visiting the plush Desert European dealership housing:
  • Aston Martin
  • Audi
  • Bentley
  • Jaguar
  • Land Rover
  • Lotus
  • Maserati
  • Porsche
  • Spyker
  • Rolls-Royce
According to the sales rep, they are the largest authorized dealer for Bentley's.  People come from all over the world to buy from them.  I joked and said I'll take one of everything.  The sales guy -with a straight face- that is an actual request he granted.  Of course only the rich buy multiple exotic cars
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Oh and I don't have a shame in the world walking into prestigious places in inexpensive clothing asking questions and standing next to $300,000 vehicles.  Nope. Never.

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