Day 69 - Palm Springs - California (USA)
Trip Start Mar 29, 2013
141Trip End Aug 17, 2013
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Another Skype session this morning and a chance for Taya to show off her waving to the Grandparents in SA.
Today we head a few minutes down the road to explore Palm Springs itself. Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, within the Coachella Valley. We can't remember ever feeling hotter than this. It is like standing in a sauna with the hair dryer blowing at you, or when you walk past the engine of a bus or truck and get all that boiling air coming at you. Dylan sums it up with the understatement of the century "I think it's just a little bit warm out there!" The Main Street in Palm Springs is full of shops, bars and restaurants, and, as with most streets here, lined with massive palm trees
First stop on the agenda is the Marilyn Monroe Statue. We were expecting it to be big, but had no idea it was this big! The sculpture is 26-foot-tall and 34,000 pounds in weight! Forever Marilyn is a giant statue of Marilyn Monroe designed by Seward Johnson. The statue is a representative of one of the most famous images of Monroe, taken from 1955 film The Seven Year Itch.
We arrive about 9.15am. The first shops open around 10am, but most not until 10.30, and some not until 12pm! We've been up since 6am. Where are the other people with children, and what are they doing? Dylan takes a shine to some multicoloured chairs outside a shop and he tells us which colour we are to sit on, then gives us a lesson about how the chairs are the same colours as the fruits on the sign. On closer inspection the shop is a frozen yoghurt place so we head in if only to enjoy some air conditioning. Amazing place; samples to help you choose your flavours, serve yourself add any toppings then its all priced on weight. Our family creation was pink lemonade and orange sorbet in a mixed whirl with white chocolate drops and raspberries on top - it was yummy.
All the shops have the mist sprays shooting out thankfully so we make a beeline past those. To start with Dylan won't join us. He finally explains that it's steam which is hot and he's too hot already. Ha ha. He joins us once we explain.
Successful nap time in the RV back at the campsite so we can run the A/C
Time for a little crawling lesson from Dylan for Taya as he runs through the steps with her on his bed. No progress shown, but Dylan was stuck rocking on all fours or shuffling backwards for about 3 months, crawling just before he turned 9 months and the day Emma flew home on her own with him from South Africa. Wonder where we will be when Taya cracks it.
We stock up on gas for the van and lots of food this afternoon at another big Walmart, and we are all set for our long drive tomorrow. Eggs and Soldiers for dinner, very gourmet, but wolfed down none the less.
Another swim for the boys. So nice for them to have something fun to do in the early evening whilst Taya is going to bed. A couple of bedtime stories on the iPad. Dylan has us laughing as he usually insists on 'turning' the pages himself and pressing the words for the story. Tonight he grabs Emma's thumb and uses it to do the swiping and pressing.