Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Spring Break 2017: Palm Springs Art Museum

Alas, here's my last post or our Palm Springs trip.
One night we went to this really pretty restaurant called The La Quinta Cliffhouse because they have a great happy hour and patio seating. Unfortunately, it was too windy to sit outside, and there was a huge wait to sit in the bar for happy hour, but they were so great, they accommodated everyone for happy hour and seated us in the restaurant so we wouldn't have to wait so long! The food was excellent!
After dinner, we headed to downtown Palm Springs to check out their Thursday night street market and the Palm Springs Art Museum. Unfortunately, the street market was canceled because it was too windy. There were palms down everywhere, and even some power outages. The Art Museum was great though!
I had really hoped to get out in the dessert to see the art installation listed below, but we just didn't have time.
I also really regret that I didn't take pictures of the information on these works of art--so sorry, there isn't credit to the artist on this blog, but check out the Palm Springs Art Museum website to find more information.
Had to take a picture with my spirit statue!
On our last day  in Palm Springs we went back into the downtown area for breakfast.
My in-laws had been to Cheeky's before for breakfast, and I had heard a ton about it so we chose to go there.
The wait time was super long, so we put our name on a list and wandered around Palm Springs a bit more. I fell in love with these decorative hutches below!! I didn't even bother checking on the price because I know they were out of my price range, but aren't those so cool?
B for Barbie & Baby :)
Finally got into breakfast! I had the huevos rancheros, and obviously I was so hungry I forgot to take a picture before I started eating. It was delicious!
The next day we loaded up the car, stopped by a random little Saturday Market (my hubby was amused by "Barbie's Closet" and then headed home!
Here's my list of things I'd like to do on my next visit to Palm Springs:
Well, it was fun! Until next time Palm Springs!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Spring Break 2017: Palm Springs, Salvation Mountain

 You guys, this may be my favorite blog post of all time. Get ready for loads of color!!
While we were in Palm Springs for spring break I was able to check a few things off my bucket list.
In this post, those things were trying In-N-Out Burger, and visiting Salvation Mountain.
On our way to Salvation Mountain, we stopped for lunch at the In-N-Out Burger.
I can now officially say I've been. I can't say it's really worth all the hype, but I do love me a good burger and fries ;) I still have to say, my favorite burger the Tillamook Cheeseburger from Burgerville--repin' the Pacific Northwest!
 As we drove through the desert, we passed a huge lake called the Salton Sea. I thought it was so odd that there wasn't a soul on it! I mean, I get that it was the middle of the day on a week day, but it was HUGE! And, it was spring break for Oregonians, you would think it would be a big tourist destination. So, naturally, I googled it. Apparently at one point it was a hot spot for vacationing and water sports, but over time something happened to it, causing all the fish to die and making it smell horrible. That's just my summary of it, look it up for more information. It's quite sad really.
 We drove along the Salton Sea for quite some time, and we kept driving and driving through the dessert. It's an eerie feeling when you are unfamiliar with where you are. Humanity seemed few and far between and there were a lot of little run down communities here and there. You even drive through an odd run down neighborhood to get to the Salvation Mountain, and there is an artist community out there.
 When we finally reached Salvation Mountain I was so happy! You guys, I have been wanting to come here forever! I was not disappointed. I'm not going to write much, I'm just going to let you feast your eyes on the beautiful, colorful folk art!

 After wandering around in the desert for about an hour, at about 6 months pregnant, I was hot, tired, thirsty, dirty and I had to pee. So we headed out in search of a restroom. There was ONE near by, and it was basically an out house. Let's just say it was an experience I don't want to repeat! There is a volunteer group who up keeps Salvation Mountain by forming work parties every so often to re-paint. For more information about the original artist and helping out visit the website here.
 I don't know if I shall ever return to Salvation Mountain, but I can now proudly say I have checked it off my bucket list. What an amazing art expression created by one man. If you ever have the chance to go, do!

Happy Travels!