Our First Family Trip to Palm Springs, California
Our first family trip with Baby B took us to sunny California, a welcomed escape from the rainy Vancouver winter. This post comes a little bit late as we visited the Californian desert city in early February and its now almost April. What can I say, finding the time to publish blog posts is a little more challenging with an infant!
There were a number of reasons why we chose California as the destination for our first trip with Baby B, but the main reason was because we had family renting a condo in Palm Springs for the winter. This meant that not only did we have a place to stay, we also had family to help out with Baby B.
It’s also only a short 3 hour flight (did you see our amazing photos from the flight?), which was the perfect test for Baby B before we take him on a long-haul flight to Europe this summer.
It was our 3rd visit to California but first time visiting Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley. We didn’t have much planned for this trip, aside from relaxing by the pool in the hot desert sun.
This trip was very much about vacation downtime, and very little about adventure and exploration.
Entrance to the gated community where we stayed (I wonder why the city is called Palm Springs?!)
Because he was born at the start of winter, this was his first time lying on grass outdoors.
He loved it! He rolled around on the blankets for hours, gazing at the swaying trees.
Well deserved quiet time by the pool
Baby B’s first time in a pool. He’s not quite sure what’s going on?
First swim in the pool
Chillin’ out by the pool
Hiding from the sun on the World’s Largest Rotating Aerial Tramway
First family vacation portrait at the Coachella Valley lookout point
Baby B playing Jedi mind tricks with a bottle of beer (my favourite photo from the trip)
Coachella Valley lookout point from the Palm Springs Tramway
Massive wind farm in North Palm Springs
Street artist in downtown Palm Springs
Popular California bistro on the main strip
Thursday night market on the main strip
Mountain views from the apartment
The road to the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.
We were surprised at how big and rugged the desert mountains are (over 10,000 feet high!)
Sampling some California beer (this one’s from nearby San Diego)
Another tasty beer by the pool (in case you didn’t know, we love trying new beer when we travel)
Would you stay in the Cougar lot?
Afternoon hike in Mount San Jacinto State Park
The desert plains of Joshua Tree National Park – here are more photos
The peculiar Cholla Cactus Garden in Joshua Tree National Park
More posts from our trip to Palm Springs, California:
- The Extraordinary Landscapes of Joshua Tree National Park, California
- Traveling with Baby – Not as Scary as it Sounds
- The World’s Largest Rotating Aerial Tramcar
- Photo of the Week: Joshua Tree National Park, California
- Baby B’s First International Flight + Stunning Aerial Photos
Have you visited Palm Springs? Do you have some travel tips or advice to share with our readers?
Share your experience in the comments section below!
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