Palm Springs

Palm Springs

Colby and I just got back from a 5 day trip to Palm Springs. My parents invited us out there and of course we said yes! We were supposed to go with them 3 years ago, however, they made it out there and we got stuck in Dallas due to an ice storm. This time we made it and we had a great trip. There isn’t too much to share, but I am sharing anyways!

Day 1 – Fly to Palm Springs + Pool

The great news about this trip was that not only did we get to spend time with my parents, but my brother, sister-in-law and cute little niece got to spend 1 day with us as well! The first day was super relaxing and of course the best, because my niece was with us.

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Day 2 – Pool + Mt. San Jacinto State Park

After a morning at the activity center and then pool we headed to the state park where we rode a rotating gondola to get to the top. It wasn’t my favorite part of the park, but at least it gave great views. After reaching the top we hiked around for about an hour. It was so beautiful at the park, and much cooler then the rests of the trip. This is definitely a highlight of the area, so make sure to visit this area if you ever are in Palm Springs.

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Day 3 – Hike the Coachella Valley + Pool

Colby and I headed for the Coachella Valley where we did a 6 mile hike on the Pushawalla Loop. It was extremely hot. There was no shade and the hiking path was in the middle of the desert. The paths weren’t marked very well, so we got a little lost, but thankfully made our way back. I definitely wouldn’t recommend this hike again, or at least not when it’s so hot. Oh and did I mention we did not even see 1 person, the whole time? Let’s just say we were glad when we got back to our car.

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Day 4 – Hike + Pool + Election Night

We drove into Palm Springs and did the Museum Trail hike, which was one mile up {80 floors} and one mile back down. Again, the hit was intense and the way up was pretty brutal. But, we got great views of the city and the way down was quick and much easier. Colby and I found delicious smoothies after and then met my parents for lunch before heading to the pool. We watched the election that night and realized the perks of being on the west coast and not having to stay up nearly as late as we would have had we been at home!

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Day 5 – Walk + Pool + Fly home

Colby and I walked around the resort and got 3 miles in. It was much easier than the hikes we had done and clearly, much more convenient too. We didn’t have much time, but we packed our things up and then got one last visit in at the pool before heading to the airport and back home.

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I didn’t start sharing our traveling adventures on the blog until the end of 2013, but you can see some of our vacations below as well as how to travel on a budget here.


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16 Comments
  • Stacia
    Posted at 07:45h, 11 November Reply

    The hikes you went on look so, so beautiful! Palm Springs is on my list. I grew up in California, but have only driven through a couple times. I guess I moved away right around the same time Palm Springs would have appealed to enough of my family. haha

  • Rebecca Jo
    Posted at 09:10h, 11 November Reply

    You both deserved a good break after all that hard work of getting those books together!!!

  • Jenn @ Drink Coffee & Prosper
    Posted at 11:00h, 11 November Reply

    Really pretty photos. I want to visit now. Palm Springs looks incredible.

  • Tania // Run to Radiance
    Posted at 11:42h, 11 November Reply

    Wow! It looks so gorgeous there. That hike looks amazing. You guys are so cute! 🙂

  • Rebecca Hicks
    Posted at 11:58h, 11 November Reply

    Looks like you had a blast!! And I love that you stayed active on your vacation. Your hikes looked like they were a lot of fun.

  • Michelle @ Lillian Abbey
    Posted at 12:49h, 11 November Reply

    I’m headed to Palm Springs next week! I was thinking of making the trek to Joshua Tree National Park but your pics from San Jacinto are awesome! Thanks for the suggestion!

  • Jessy
    Posted at 22:03h, 11 November Reply

    Sounds like a great trip! Palm Springs looks really pretty!

    xo, Jessy | http://www.currentbliss.com

  • Sheryl
    Posted at 08:03h, 12 November Reply

    The first hike sounds a little brutal (and to see absolutely no one). However, I truly enjoyed your photos via Instagram! Have a great weekend.

  • Tedi
    Posted at 15:00h, 12 November Reply

    We went to Palm Desert on our honeymoon. There weren’t a lot of activities there, but it was quite close to Palm Springs.

  • Alix Maza
    Posted at 20:19h, 12 November Reply

    Haven’t been to Palm Springs in years! Looks like you guys had tons of fun.

    Alix | http://www.apintsizedlife.com

  • Justine Y @ Little Dove
    Posted at 23:49h, 12 November Reply

    Looks like such a fun trip! I’ve been to Palm Springs once for a church trip and I wasn’t that impressed, but I see now that we obviously didn’t do the right things, Mt. San Jacinto looks amazing! And yes, lol, election night on the west coast is not nearly as bad! 🙂

  • Dia Darling
    Posted at 23:56h, 13 November Reply

    Man I wish I would have spent my election week like this. I’ve never been to Palm Springs but it looks like you had a beautiful time.

  • Jen
    Posted at 10:16h, 14 November Reply

    Palm Springs seems seems like such a cool place! I’ve driven through so many times but never stopped. Clearly I need to change that soon!

  • Ashley Bagley
    Posted at 10:26h, 14 November Reply

    Love the crane pic!

  • Carissa Maul
    Posted at 14:45h, 14 November Reply

    Such beautiful scenery and I love going on your trip recaps! I’ve heard of Palm Springs, but all the way in Florida it seems like a lifetime away! That sweet niece of yours is a doll, I’m so glad you got some good family time that day.

  • ellesees.net
    Posted at 08:54h, 15 November Reply

    i’ve always wanted to go there, so thanks for sharing your pics and taking us along with y’all! mwah!

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