Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Tucson, Arizona to Palm Springs, Ca- Day 3

When you are traveling and have to get a lot of road behind you, it is usually necessary to get up earlier than one desires to.  5:05am came earlier than I wanted it to.haha


The good thing is that depending on how far you have to go, you just might get their earlier than expected.  That was my motivation after having spent 3 days and a minimum of of 7 hours every day in the car.  So, early as it was, we got up again and did our morning routine.......

French press coffee with milk......:-)......ahhhhhhhh, yes.



pack up and load the car.......



thank you, Scootard.....:-).


head toward the breakfast room and see if there is something we can actually tolerate.......




Eat "it".......


and then try to wake up! ha


after a quick breakfast sandwich, we hit the road realizing that today would be a shorter travel day which leave room for some possible adventure.....:-).  Even my camera was still "blurry eyed".....



the farther we went, the more of these we saw.....I'm amazed at how much sand is in the West....


Day was starting to break behind us and I had to put the camera in a wierd position to get this shot...




We came upon the famous "Red Rock" canyon place where there have been some magnificent concerts held.  But, we didn't go over to see it. I took this shot quite a ways back from the sign itself.  We were sitting at a light and I had to really zoom in with my little pocket camera to get this.



We passed a very long train which to me was the most exciting thing that I saw for a while.....



and the closer we got to Phoenix, the more artistic the walls along the highway became......



Now that we were fully awake, we decided it might be a good idea to stretch our legs and walk around at the next available rest stop.  The sun was beautiful between the trees...:-)



and of course, we had better take advantage of the "potty" since we didn't know how long we would have to wait between rest stops.  That's my Christo  (Scootard) still wearing sandals at the end of January...haha.  A true Canadian!



I spotted this sign on the way back to the car and thought it was interesting.......



Since it can be a challenge to get "stuff" we may want or need from the back seat, we try to do it once we are stopped.  I decided some pistachio nuts and ice cold water were in order.  Thank you again, Scootard.....:-).



And down the highway we went.  



We were coming up on my children's old stomping ground where they took some of their college courses......:-)

strangely enough, it was very chilly outside and we had also heard that there were tornado watches in Oklahoma.  I hoped that California would prove to be warmer than Arizona was.  I only had two sweat shirts with me and I was rotating them! haha

and on we went....strangely enough

Canada has one highway.  They named it highway 1.....haha.  I wonder why???  So, whenever we come to the states, Scootard likes to take pictures of our highways here.


We had a difficult time finding WiFi and knew we could probably get a reliable signal in
 Mc Donald's and catch up on e-mail and phone calls by way of Skype.



I saw the biggest cactus I had ever seen in my life!   I mean these things were taller than some of the trees.....

 
I mean, really.....look at the size of that thing!  And I'm told that the more arms they have, the older they are.....



When we came upon this thing, I wondered what it was and Scootard informed me that it was a Nuclear power plant......sheesh....  that was unnerving....especially with all of that "stuff" going into the air.....???



Needless to say, I was glad when we got it out of our view....:-(.  this view was better.  It was starting to look like the surface of the moon.....haha



and I noticed that the sand was white, but not nearly as white as in White Sands, New Mexico yesterday.....:-).


I was begining to wonder which desert we were crossing.  I thought it was the Mohave, but Christo thought it might have been the Senoran.  It seems he was right....(again)...:-).



I didn't see any animals, but we had already learned that the ones that live in the desert take on the colors of the desert to protect themselves from predators.



At the next rest stop, there was this sign to remind us of how dangerous the desert can be......



then it was time to get some gas for the last time as we were getting closer to our destination......



the closer we got to Palm Springs, the larger (it seemed) the trees became.....



TADA!!......We have arrived......:-).  Now, we have a ways to go before we actually get to the part of California we are going to.  In the mean time, this song kept playing in my head:  "Welcome to the hotel California....Such a lovely place, such a lovely place..."......la la la la.....well, you know the melody....:-)



and the mountains were snow capped.....:-)....it looked like British Columbia....



Not long now and we will be at our hotel for the night......:-).  Here is a shot of one of the main streets. It's called E. Ramon Drive..



We have arrived in Palm Springs after 6 hours of road time......:-).



When I started seeing things like this, I knew I was in California....haha.  And all this time, I thought it was Frank Sinatra that did it "his way"....get it?  ha


 We reached our hotel and was pleasantly surprised by the beautiful fountain and flowers.....in January!  A girl could get used to this......:-).




See?  I think these are Bogainvellia....or something like that.  They kinda look like Azalea ....



and all manner of cactus....after all it is California.....:-).



the car looked strange pulling a trailer without "Ms Vickey" and "Maj" on it.  But we have other uses for the trailer when we get back to BC.  This is the view from our room...



and this is the view from the corner of the street.  We decided that after we got checked in, we would go for a walk and find some dinner.   And early one since it was not even 3:00pm.



And Christo was happy that he was about to embark on yet another adventure with me....:-).



This shot reminds me of a television set for some reason.....



and this strange looking thing was some kind of succulent.  The leaves were thick like a Jade plant, but long and skinny....


All of the old downtown area; which is where we decided to spend out time was decorated with flowers and dotted with Bistros....



Kinda pleasant to see this in January since there isn't anything growing in BC this time of year except the Evergreen trees.....



There were several shops in the area with interesting names like.......



with Mascots!  hahah


and this.......haha


And France thought they had it going on!  hahaha



and various fountains of all shapes and sizes.......



to my surprise, Palm Springs has its own walk through the stars........



Remember this guy?



And this guy?


yep, that's Sonny Bono in a brass image.  He used to be mayor here many moons ago...



and this guy who did things "his way"......



And this lovely lady......:-).



this is not a good likeness of Marilyn Monroe, but it was certainly the largest I had ever seen......



and all of the trees had "beards".....Scootard said they were dead leaves that had not fallen off.....

oh...

We needed to get something to eat and check out the menu at this place.  But it was more of a diner type setting and we wanted "something else".......



So, we decided to keep walking through the streets until we found something to eat.  The choices seemed to be Italian (which we had last night) and Mexican.  We met this little fellow along the way..:-).  I mentioned how cute he was.  I think he must have understood me........



because he turned around to show me his "hinder parts"......:-)



Still walking looking for a "different" type of place to eat......I liked this shop and thought to get a picture of it....:-).



and then, we found it!  Dinner at last; if you can call it that at 3:00pm.



Scootard taking in the menu......:-).



while I was taking in the scenery around me.  this is the view from our table looking to my left.....



and this is the view from our table looking to the right inside of the resturant.....



I ordered the Carpaccio with white truffle sauce......I had no idea what it was...hahaha....



Scootard ordered some fried oystes with some kind of sauce that had  black caviar in it......


 and then I ordered some fries with these different kinds of sauces with some truffle oil on them.  Not bad....:-).



and then Scootard ordered a Kobe beef sandwich on Ciabatta bread.......



We ate our meal...paid the (hefty) bill and took a stroll down the street and took in an art gallery.  Once we left there, we passed another one that had closed already, but had this hanging from their ceiling.......cool- eh?



We were both getting tired and decided to head back to the room for the night.  I couldn't pass up this shot along the way......:-).  I have a thing for doors and windows........



I like the feel of Palm Springs and how it seems that the people who live here take pride in their surroundings......



when we came upon this courtyard of the Best Western, I had to ask myself why we didn't stay here.....:-).  Very nice indeed..



 We finally made it back; tired and full.  Scootard started immediately on his blog.  I on the other hand began to get organized for tomorrow.  And then I did my "travelogue"........:-).



tomorrow?.........Fresno, California.

See ya then!

3 comments:

Scootard said...

Another great day on the road with my darling Scooterchick.....yay for us!!

Trobairitz said...

So many different things to see along the way.

Thanks for the tour through Palm Springs. I've never been there , but it looks like a cool place to wander though and enjoy some sunshine and pretty flowers.

Patricia Carpenter said...

You are welcome, Trobairitz! I told Chris that the idea of living in the desert does not appeal to me. But Palm Springs might be the exception!