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Annual visit to Palm Desert, CA. Our 8th or 9th trip. The last 3 have been two week trips. After a 2 1/2 hour ride we arrived at Shadow Ridge for our two week stay. We were given our first choice of accommodations. Top floor building 2700 with a view of the 16th hole. We ate dinner at SiBon's a favorite restaurant we discovered last year. Belgium with a California twist. I had Stuffed Filet of Sole and David had Veinitzel They were both excellent as ...
... SHE'S FROM HALIFAX!'
By this time Kristi and Chuck were laughing, probably thinking 'okay, this is a Canadian set up - Tim and Gin are from Winnipeg, our picture taker is from Winnipeg, her friend's from Halifax, Yves is from B.C., Tim's parents are from B.C. - are there no other Americans around Palm Springs, USA?!
They must have wondered 'Are we on Candid camera?'
The picture in today's entry shows us ...
... and lots and lots of documents that you could pour through. But the fun part for us is that they had several flight simulators and you could sit and fly a small plane, or a DC3 which I actually landed safely on the ground, but not before taking a couple of signs out along the runway - hey it's been 15 years since I got my pilot's license, and it was for a much small plane than that! It was fun, but I have to say I was so tense you would think ...
... Bloch. She was warm and gracious and we had a delightful conversation almost fifty years since last seeing her or her girls. Burr Oaks was such an incredible place that the memories we shared still have a uniting affect.
The Bedells are wonderful hosts and we spent a delightful happy hour catching up on the missed years. That evening, I enjoyed the cousins stories of earlier times. We dined at Acqua Pazza, a favorite of our hosts and we enjoyed both the atmosphere and the ...
... we have our own requests and such when travelling. Splashtopia was the best part for Aimee. Lazy river and slides was so much fun for her. Blue Ember restaurant was delish and with huge servings. Drive in movies at night. Popcorns, icecream, beer and hot dogs... Lalalala!!! Spa was so good. I was in heaven. Mojito's at jacuzzi. Golfing at early morning. Lazing in bed at mid afternoon. It was a perfect out of town ...