Around the World, California, USA

[Weekend in Palm Springs, Part 2 – Palm Springs, CA]

May 27, 2016

This is really just a continuation of Day 1 but there were so many pictures from the botanical garden that I had to split this into two posts. Without further ado here are some disastrously large cactuses and some dinosaurs.

But, First – to the Hotel!

There are so many hotels to choose from it’s silly. We did end up grabbing a drink at the Parker, despite the private event that kept us from their famous “Lemonade Stand” bar, we still had some delicious martinis. We also had breakfast at Arrive the next day but that’s a story for tomorrow’s post… We ended up choosing the Colony Palms Hotel and I have to say I would definitely go back. Despite it having been there since the 1930’s it has gone through some modern day remodeling. The pool and resort isn’t TOO crowded and they have in between menus like a sunset appetizers selection which I am a huge fan of as a professional snacker.

The walk to the room

The walk to the room

The view from where we had our sunset cocktails each night

The view from where we had our sunset cocktails each night – believe it or not this very doctored looking picture is actually just slightly darker than real life since it was so blown out.

And of course the room!

And of course the room! I felt like this is the room the hunter from Jumanji would have wanted.

Moorten’s Botanical Garden

Established in 1938, this garden of prickly wonders is home to a world of succulents. The $4 entry fee is well worth it, be sure not to miss the cactarium (stop trying to spellcheck me, spellcheck. This is a word according to Moorten’s) – a greenhouse in the back. There is also a $1, $3 and $5 table of succulents, I pouted the whole way home because I was not allowed to purchase anything.

Welcome to the jungle

Welcome to the jungle

Some succulents

Some succulents

and some more

and some more

Even more!

Even more!

Seeing a pattern here?

Seeing a pattern here?

We made it into the greenhouse, I mean "Cactarium"

We made it into the greenhouse, I mean “Cactarium”

We didn't touch anything...

We didn’t touch anything…

Home

Home

But these are the ones I wanted to touch...and maybe did.

But these are the ones I wanted to touch…and maybe did.

Ben, sitting on the throne.

Ben, sitting a throne of lies. Okay fine it’s just wood.

Beware, Dinosaurs Ahead!

A little-known fact – one of my favorite movies is Clifford. No, not the big red dog, the Martin Short driven comedy where a little boy’s big dream of going to Dinosaur World and seeing “Larry the Scary Rex” in person is his sole purpose in life. Although I’m pretty sure this is actually the set of dinosaurs from Peewee’s Big Adventure…I choose to make things about me. Enjoy!

Back on the road again!

Back on the road again!

I met all the dinosaurs, these were my new friends

I met all the dinosaurs, these were my new friends

Ben and brontosaurus

Ben and brontosaurus

 

Before going inside I held hands with brontosaurus and Ben almost got eaten by a raptor

Before going inside I held hands with brontosaurus and Ben almost got eaten by a raptor

We were okay though

We were okay though

We got friendly with our new neighbors

We got friendly with our new neighbors

Then we went inside T-Rex

Then we went inside T-Rex

Hello T-Rex teeth

Hello T-Rex teeth

A quick but joyful trip in Dinosaur World (I'm just calling it that, it has no name) Thanks Cabazon Dinosaurs for the fun time!

A quick but joyful trip in Dinosaur World (I’m just calling it that, it has no name) Thanks Cabazon Dinosaurs for the fun time!

Tomorrow - onto Joshua Tree!

Tomorrow – onto Joshua Tree!

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