Our Palm Desert Vacation 2014

I’ve told you before that my entire family usually takes a summer vacation in King’s Canyon every year (since my mom was a kid!) and that we’ve been going the last 3 years with the kids. This year, we decided to switch it up and try out a Palm Desert vacation with our favorite friends and their daughters instead. We had a blast!

Now those of you familiar with Palm Springs/Palm Desert/So Cal might be asking why in the world we’d want do a Palm Desert vacation in the middle of July. In short, Jason and I both love Palm Springs (Palm Desert is the city right next door and many people think of them as one and the same) and so do the kids. So when our friends invited us, we immediately said yes. We stayed at Marriott’s Desert Springs Villas II, and hope to go back again soon.

We spent lots and lots of time in the pool, as the weather was over 100 degrees every day.

We played volleyball…

We got up early to make sure we got the best spot at the pool…

Mia learned to swim (finally!) without floaties, and even jumped off the side of the pool!…

Daddy spent a lot of time throwing the kids around…

And of course we wore lots of sunblock and hats…

We took the Palm Springs Tram to the top of the San Jacinto mountains, where it was just like being in the mountains…

There was dinner and dancing at our favorite restaurant in Palm Springs, Las Casuelas

There was boat rides,

and golfing,

and henna tattoos,

and hair chalk.

And there was rock climbing.

There was even time for drinks and dinner with friends.

And Jason created the PERFECT summer cocktail.

Did I mention it was super hot?

At 9 in the morning it was already well over 100 degrees. By 5 pm, it was 122. The record heat in Palm Springs is 123. Let’s just say that I hope to never, EVER be there when it’s this hot again. There’s a huge difference between 117 and 122. HUGE.

So thank you to our friends for inviting us and for all of the fun memories. Let’s do it again next year!



  1. Dude. There is a difference between 117 and 122? I had butt sweat in San Jose at 88.
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  2. That does look like a lot of fun! Glad you took time out to enjoy summer with friends and family.
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