Welcome to the Hotel California

Hotel California

Welcome to the Hotel California!

Such a lovely place
Such a lovely face
Plenty of room at the Hotel California
Any time of year, you can find it hereeeee

Mirrors on the ceiling, pink champaigne on ice
We are all just prisoners here, of our own device

And in the master’s chambers, they gathered for the feast. They stab it with their steely knives, but they just can’t kill the beast…… you know the rest and now you’ll be singing it all day long, LOL

I found it. The Hotel California…nestled at the base of the San Jacinto mountains in Palm Springs.

Mountain views from Palm Springs

These mountains are spectacular. They run along the south side of I-10 and it’s a breathtaking view while driving to LA. There’s an aerial tram will take you from the base (2600′) to the top (8600′) in about 15 minutes and you can have lunch or dinner at the top with the most beautiful view you’ve ever seen. Of course I wouldn’t know this because I’m too chicken shit to take the tram up there. Honey, I am in the wind belt between two mountains, ain’t no WAY I’m going up the side of a mountain in a swinging tram car!

Anyway, they say on a clear day you can see all the way to the Salton Sea! Maybe I’ll take the trip, maybe I won’t. I’m not sure I can handle the sway of the cablecar or the fear of the height, or the thin air at the top, or, or, or… I know, I’m full of plenty of excuses. Maybe I’ll just conquer my fears & do it! Not!

Windmills near Palm SpringsThe mountains are also home to 3000 windmills that generate power, for LA! Not even for this area! Can you stand it?? This is one of 3 sites in California with as many windmills. What a site to see. Some are just humungous, some are slightly smaller than humungous, lol.

So today I discovered downtown Palm Springs. Cool place, plenty of shops & restaurants and people walking all over the place. Every Thursday year round they have “Villagefest” in downtown. There’s street vendors, entertainment, and lots going on from 6-10pm. I can’t wait to go this week and check it out.

Bob Hope's house in Palm SpringsI also found the house Bob Hope used to live in waaaaay up at the top of a mountain. It’s an unusual house, round in shape. I tried to get up the road to it to get a better picture but there was a great big “STOP, you’re trespassing!” sign, so I figured I’d spare myself a night in jail and take my pics from the bottom of the mountain.

Wheel Inn Restaurant where a scene from Pee Wee's Big Adventure was filmed.Went to the Wheel Inn Restaurant for breakfast. Apparently, back in the day, it used to be a huge stop for truckers. This restaurant has been made famous by appearing in the movie Pee Wee’s Big Adventure and in the Tears For Fears video “Everybody Wants To Rule The World”. I had breakfast there and I think they thought I was a trucker. I’ve never seen pancakes so big in my whole life! Everyone was super friendly and the place had a nice homey feel to it. So far, I’m liking California!

Giant Dinos of CabazonBehind the restaurant you will find the Giant Dinos of Cabazon. Inside the 65-foot tyrannosaur named, appropriately, Rex, you’ll find a gift shop filled with? Yes, dinosaur stuff and lots of little kids running around making monster noises. I put 50 cents in the machine with a dime and got a souvenir dime for my scrapbook.

Til’ tomorrow…

One Comment:

  1. If you do the tram in Palm Springs, be sure to bring a jacket. I here it’s really cold at the top!

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