Palm Springs: A Mid Century Modern Vacation

Coyote Ellery, Living Desert.
Owwwoooooo! Coyote Ellery, Living Desert.

Auntie Carolyn got to spend a few days in Palm Springs in a cool Mid Century Modern house with the Coynes of Boston (Jen, John, Ellery, Sidney) and the Muellers of Portland, OR (Diane, Wendell, Wend, Owen). While the kiddos would have preferred to spend 6 hours each day splashing around in the backyard pool beneath the palm trees and big peaks, we all managed to get out and about a little bit in the Coachella Valley, to Thousand Palms Oasis and the Living Desert.

The vacation was rounded out by Homemade Pizza Night and a visit from Mike’s parents, Don and Sylvia Hay, who live a few towns away in Indio. Everyone got their fill of pool time and desert sunshine!

A stormy morning on Aquanetta Drive, where the cousins rented a house.
A stormy morning on Aquanetta Drive, where the cousins rented a house.
John and Sid peek over Ellery's shoulder before the design and architecture quiz.
John and Sid peek over Ellery’s shoulder before the design and architecture quiz.
Intrepid explorers.
Intrepid explorers.
Some of the "living" at the Living Desert include a gajillion kinds of desert plants, including this aptly-named dinner-plate cactus.
Some of the “living” at the Living Desert includes a gajillion different desert plants, including this aptly-named dinner-plate cactus.
Wonderful carousel was fun for all at the Living Desert.
Wonderful carousel was fun for all at the Living Desert.
Tiny Town, Living Desert.
Tiny Town, Living Desert “G” model train display.
A wee Mt. Rushmore is one of many cool features of the "G" model train display at the Living Desert.
A wee Mt. Rushmore is one of many cool features of the model train display at the Living Desert.
Funtimes with Mamma by the pool!
Funtimes with Mamma by the pool!
John Coyne made the pool playoffs.
John Coyne made the pool playoffs.
Martinis with a twist of lime felt very Palm Springs.
Martinis with a twist of lime felt very Palm Springs.
Mini Cooper sez, "I'll have the cheese, please."
Mini Cooper sez, “I’ll have the cheese, please.”
Mamma Jen helps Sid open his present from Wend and Owen.
Mamma Jen helps Sid open his present from Wend and Owen.
Muellers explore a riparian desert ecosystem at Coachella Valley Preserve / Thousand Palms Oasis.
Muellers explore a riparian desert ecosystem at Coachella Valley Preserve / Thousand Palms Oasis.
Big Daddy Wendell searches for Owen and Wend among the Washington palms at the Coachella Valley Preserve.
Big Daddy Wendell searches for Owen and Wend among the Washington palms at the Coachella Valley Preserve.
Don Hay and John Coyne, up to no good.
Don Hay and John Coyne, up to no good.
Sid and Sylvia get acquainted.
Sid and Sylvia get acquainted.
Sid says, "Yay for Palm Springs!"
Sid says, “Yay for Palm Springs!”

2 thoughts on “Palm Springs: A Mid Century Modern Vacation

  1. What a great set of pictures of the whole gang. Glad Mike’s folks got a chance to meet some of the family. Look like all had a good time, altho I heard that poor Ellery was not used to the dry climate and had some problems with her skin. Glad you had a chance to visit with them, too.

    Love Dad

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