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Published: March 8th 2020
From 2009, one of many trips to the Palm Springs area for golf, shopping, and fun. While not my first choice for a vacation, it has plenty to offer. Just ask Bob Hope! Some of my friends outside the U.S. asked what is PD or PD. I told them it is an oasis of wealth in the desert, playground to the stars, golf courses on every corner, and cheap motels on every block. Fun for a visit, but I would not want to live there! 2009: When we arrived on Monday, we quickly had to turn on the AC in the room, and change to bermuda shorts. It is about 82 here, and feels even warmer. I think this would be a great place to spend the winter. Close to San Diego, Scottsdale, and Vegas. How can we ask for more? Tonight, we are having dinner at one of our favorite places, The Daily Grill. We have dined at the locations in DC and San Francisco before this. Tuesday night, we will have dinner at the Tommy Bahama Tropical Cafe, another one of our favorites. I am looking for
a reasonable priced golf course for tomorrow. So, far, if I can get to Cimarron before 8am, I can play for about $50. If all goes well, I may head out to PGA West or LaQuinta on Thursday. Wednesday is sightseeing and shopping day with Sheri and Buddy. We may also take the tram to the top of the mountain as well. Very touristy, but a great view, as I recall. We are only a block or two from the El Paseo shopping area. It is THE place here in the Desert, so I imagine we will be there often. This is really my second trip here, as most of my previous visits were to the older Palm Springs area. And, my first golf excursion was here at La Quinta with my friend and fellow traveler, Mike. I actually ended up at a golf course called Woodhaven today. And I hurt my back on the back nine, and ended up with a 39, for an 18 hole total of 82. It must be the sun, or the water, or the bad back. I have not shot that low
in a long time. If I could only putt, I would be dangerous. Sheri and Buddy rested, so we went out for a great lunch at a place called Goody's Cafe. One of the guys I met today playing golf lives in his motor home on a permanent basis. He stay here during the winter. Then the rest of the year, he goes were it is cooler, like Oregon, Northern California (Monterey), Idaho, Washington, and Montana. He has also driven cross country several times. I forgot to ask where he stores is winter stuff. But these old guys around here are tons of fun, and decent golfers. I could see spending a winter here when we stop traveling so much. Time to head out to the pool, or spa, or both. Then a nap. Then dinner. What a life! Fast forward to today: We are here, just to break up the long drive to Scottsdale with Lexi. And we can shop at the outlets in Indio. But I do fondly remember some family vacations here, back in the 80s. The shopping is good, but a little pricey. But there are many nice restaurants, and the weather this time of year is unbeatable.
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