Day 69 - Palm Springs - California (USA)

Trip Start Mar 29, 2013
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Trip End Aug 17, 2013


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Thursday, June 6, 2013

We went through when Taya woke up this morning to find her up on all fours rocking. Slow down little lady, that's quite enough milestones for one week.

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. Emma really likes the trees, especially the ones that look like big pineapples.

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. It is still ridiculously hot inside the van but perhaps we are all getting a little more used to it. Couldn't survive in this heat without a hook up, so no more boon docking until it cools down a little. Rich and Emma sort the next leg of the trip. We are off to Las Vegas tomorrow, or "we are going to Vegas baby" as we have taught Dylan to say.

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.
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Grandma Lizzie XX on

Precious moments captured again - wonderful for us all to see!
Lucky Taya having a private lesson in crawling!
Go Taya Go - all the way to Vegas!
XOXOXOXOXO

michele.gerlack
michele.gerlack on

Vegas baby! What a great place. Hope Dylan has his slot money ready. Heidi and I looked at your pictures today and she still keeps going on about the lollipop pic of Dylan from the very beginning - remember that one! We miss you all and it's heating up over here too, although no where near as hot as you've got. Heidi has now dropped her nap time in prep for her new nursery in sept. we had the intro session this week but she didn't like. Think this transition from hayeswick to greystones is not going to easy and we expect lots of tears. Need to put lots of dates into the diary for play dates and by then taya can teach the twins how to crawl (they are currently mastering rolling and switch toys from hand to hand).

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