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Trip Start Aug 28, 2010
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Flag of United States  , California
Monday, October 4, 2010

After our desert storm experience, we arrived into the windy desert city of Palm Springs. There were hundreds and hundreds of wind turbines and they were going at full force! So into Palm Springs - Exclusive holiday hang out of celebs in the 1950's including Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra, it's a very chic town with lots of personality and parts of the town looked like they were still living in that same era now! We stayed at a great little motel (Alpine garden)run by a really sweet man named Bill. Each room had it's own design and it was very cute. We arrived in the early evening and were starving so Bill gave us directions to Ruby's diner, a 50's style diner in the middle of town- It was great, a proper diner complete with red booths, silver napkin, a little toy train running above everyone's heads on an overhead track and most of all the food in red plastic baskets was awesome.

Palm Springs is literally surrounded by deserts but we'd been told we should go on the aerial tramway so that we get a view over the town. The tramway takes you up to 8500 ft, and it's 2 and a half miles long. At the top, the temperature was only about 5 degrees Celsius which was 20 degrees colder than when we got on 10 minutes before! The view over the town in a grid formation in the desert on the way up was brilliant. At the top we exited the doors into a little log cabin and on the other side we stepped into our biggest surprise - what seemed like a huge national park and we were breathing in fresh, fresh air. We were surrounded by lush tall trees, rocks and lots of greenery. As we had been in the car lots we did a little bit of hiking to stretch the muscles and were rewarded with awesome views over several peaks around 10,000 ft. 

Fed and watered we had to change our car as the tyre tear was causing worry as was the huge crack in the windscreen we discovered that morning - must have happened during the thunderstorm in the desert. No hassles, we swapped it for a free GT upgrade model with blacked out windows, I felt like we'd just been guests on MTV's pimp my ride!

We spent the rest of the time checking out the houses and cool 50's architecture around the city. Frozen in time it is one cool place.

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