Monday, December 11, 2017

Palm Springs Trip

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I am dropping in for a little update on my trip to Palm Springs last week. I will have a weekend update coming on Wednesday because tomorrow is my ornament exchange reveal.

I went to Riverside and Palm Springs, CA on Thursday and Friday for work. I was a little worried about the fires down in the LA area, and I was right to be. My flight from San Jose to Ontario was delayed due to the fires and the super strong winds. 

Our flight into Ontario was extremely bumpy. Plus we were able to see all three fires when flying into Los Angeles.
Southern California Fires

Once I got into the Ontario airport, I headed towards Riverside. I grabbed a quick bite to eat and made my way through Riverside. Once I was done with everything, I was only two miles from the cemetery that my grandfather (father's side) was laid to rest. I haven't been there since I was pregnant with the girls, so I made my way over, found his grave immediately, had a heart to heart talk, snapped some photos, said my goodbyes and made my way to Palm Springs.
Riverside National Cemetery

I checked into my hotel, worked out and then went to an Indian restaurant which wasn't that great. Since it was still early, I headed back to my hotel and walked the block to downtown Palm Springs to check out their village festival. It took place over several blocks on their main street. There were street vendors everywhere plus most of the shops on that street were open. I walked and walked. I bought several things for the girls along the way and stopped in at Lampert's for some ice cream. But after reading some reviews, I opted for the Dole Whip. Have you ever had it? I thought you could only get it in Disneyland, but this place has it and it is legit. Seriously, sooooo good. 
Lampert's Dole Whip
Art installation in downtown Palm Springs
Art installation in downtown Palm Springs

After walking the whole festival, I headed back to my hotel to watch The Heart of Christmas. Wow. This movie is really good, but incredibly sad. I LOVED it though and it reminded me of my friend whose son is in the hospital fighting almost the same thing. A good Christmas watch, but grab some tissues.

Friday morning I got up early, packed up and headed to breakfast at Elmer's Restaurant for a German Pancake. I rarely get German pancakes and this one did not disappoint. It was amazing. 
German pancake

Then I made my way through Palm Springs and Palm Desert before heading back to Ontario airport to fly home.

It was a successful, but short trip.


  1. Oh mercy. I don't like bumpy plane rides.
    Glad you got to pay respects.

  2. That's wonderful that you made time to go to your grandfather's grave.

  3. I have never had a Dole whip or a German pancake...I want both!!! The Heart of Christmas is so sad, right???? I basically bawled the entire movie. Such a good one though! I also liked Christmas in the Smokies....or something with Smokies in it.

  4. I'm glad you were able to visit your grandfather's grave, that's a special time.

  5. I always get so nervous on bumpy flights but I'm glad you made it ok. I don't think I've ever had a German pancake. Sierra~Beautifully Candid

  6. I hate bumpy flights! I saw lollipops like that somewhere else this summer!

  7. How special that you were able to visit your grandfather. I know that meant a lot to you.

  8. I have never had a German pancake, I need to search one out! I am so glad you got to visit his grave site, I am making myself go see my grandparents' soon, they are literally right down the street and it is an important thing to do!

  9. Glad it was a safe trip. And that pancake looks