Palm Springs 2013

This last weekend, my best friend and I took a short road trip to Palm Springs to get away from work and life and just to relax. Man, was it worth it.

On our way to Palm Springs we decided to take an hour and half detour to Niland and to check out Salvation Mountain. I’ve seen pictures of this place, but for some reason I always thought it was Italy or some where near there. Yeah, don’t ask me why. The road to Salvation Mountain is a bit lonely because you’re on a two way highway along the Salton Sea for about 40-50 miles. There’s really no one out there, I was so glad to have my best friend out there with me. Along the Salton Sea, there are so many abandon buildings, it was kind of hard to believe that the area once thrived with tourist back in the day. When we got there, we were both awe-struck. It was so beautiful. We stood there for a while when we got of the car just to admire how much work and time was put into this place. The mountain is scrawled with bible verses and sacred words. I’m not religious, but this place really touched me emotionally for some reason. We spent a good hour there just admiring the work that has been put in there. It was truly amazing. If you want to learn more about Salvation Mountain, click here.

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So after that, we head back towards Palm Springs. We checked into our hotel and decided to rest for a little bit before we headed into downtown. We decided to have a quick and casual lunch at Grind Brgr Bar. We people watched for about an hour before heading back to our hotel to rest up for a nice long dinner. We headed out towards downtown again and walked around to see what the local sights were. We just took our time walking around because downtown is pretty small. We saw the big Marilyn Monroe and checked out the local shops. For dinner, we decided to spend the evening at Lulu California Bistro. I think what caught our eye for this place was the clean and white decor and the kind of retro feel it had. We ended up spending about 3 hours there enjoying our food, drinks, and had long conversations. It was quite nice. The waiters were all really great and attentive. What more can you ask for?

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The next morning, we decided to sleep in and catch up on some sleep. We decided to end our trip at the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to check out the mountain top. The ride was so much fun! A little nerve racking because it’s about a ten minute trip up there and it’s about a 2.5 mile trek as well. The view was a great pay off. The sights were so beautiful and the air was so crisp when we got up to the top. We decided to have a relaxing lunch up there to enjoy the views even more. After our ride back down about 2.5 hours later, we decided to head home.

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This trip with my bestie was amazing. With our hectic schedules with work and life getting in the way, it’s always nice that we can make time for each other. We have been best friends since high school and it’s great that we can spend time together like no time has past. This trip was great because I got to enjoy beautiful scenery, wonderful food and drinks, and got to bond more with my bestie!

Hope you enjoyed the long read! πŸ™‚

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