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Michael and Aimee took off right after our Sunday brunch and picked up his ride for Death Valley and other environs deserty – thereabouts. What follow are a few photos of that trip and then my venture down to Palm Springs, Palm Desert and Rancho Mirage to spend time with my oldest daughter Nadia, her guys and her Mom…

Michael preps breakfast in the van…

Somewhere out in Death Valley…

Exploring a canyon in Death Valley…

Light and shadow…

Michael and dune at twilight…

Red Rock Canyon State Park

Settled at the campfire…

Past twilight…

 

Down to the Lower Desert

Loading the elf in …

Quick stop at the best bakery in Glendale to pick up a birthday cake for Nadia’s Mother… Porto’s

On the road East of Los Angeles…

The stop at In-N-Out…but of course…

On approach to Palm Springs…

The Casa in Palm Desert…my daughter Nadia designed and built this place for her Mom…

The Christmas Tree…

Dinner with Nadia, Miles and Omi at Tommy Bahama’s in Palm Springs

The usual…

Miles getting the day before, the day before, one XMAS gift to open…

FOXY, it is…all the way from Deutschland…

Chocolate croissant…

…and berries for breakfast the following morning…

Nadia is in charge of overseeing the caterers for her Mother’s birthday party…nice spread

Another view…

Somethings to wet the palate…

Back to the food…

Lil’ Moo relaxing with FOXY…

Ilse had quite a few friends over along with a woman from her church who told me that I had dated her roommate back in 1965, when both girls were students at West Georgia College in Carrollton, GA. That was certainly unexpected, but I remembered. Above is a photo of Nadia’s Mom when I met her in September of 1971…

Something light to eat…

Miles in the jacuzzi  after the guests left…

Sunset in the desert…

I whipped up something to throw on the BBQ along with the jar of cocktail onions that Miles is now addicted too. Yep…he’s a Barker…

All set and ready to go…

Going light…

With Miles and Nadia…

The presents are growing beneath the tree…

 

The following couple of days were spent shopping for additional stuff for the family, just relaxing and doing what we like to do…eat at good restaurants. This spot, in the Hotel Paseo, was a place Nadia had wanted to go to for awhile. She’s also a big fan of the decor…

But first, Miles had to open another present…

Uh-oh…

On the Rodeo Drive of Palm Desert…

“Why R U guys all dressed in black ?”…

AC3 at Hotel Paseo

“You WILL like this place !!!”

“Pick something !”

Caesar Salad…

Prime Rib…

A view of the rear of Hotel Paseo in daylight …

A view at night by the fire pit…

Then there’s the Airstream…

Looking straight up…

The Airstream with elf in the lobby…

 

Now we are down to Christmas Eve and Nadia wants to take the whole gang over to the Ritz Carlton in Rancho Mirage to do a walkabout and snack before we attend midnight church service at Ilse’s church…

A Gingerbread replica of the hotel in the lobby…

That took some work…

Nice Christmas Tree…

…and palm trees too…

A view across the valley from the hotel’s back terrace…

Nadia, Pop and Ilse…we all got old…er

Looking out over one of the pools…

There’s that Elf guy …way down there…

Another view of the Christmas Tree…

Time for snacks !…

…and for those who can…

The usual Virgin Bloody Mary…

Nadia’s stuff…and her Mother’s white wine…

Lil’ Moo wants Mom to collect as many of these as possible…

Michael texts me and lets me know he’s back in L.A. and having dinner with Aimee here…Musso & Frank Grill in Hollywood

We go back to the Casa for some warm clothing and head here…

“Hey Dad, what happens if I turn this upside down after it’s lit ??? “… 🤪

 

Next: A visit with the family to Huntington Gardens…

 

 

PT/TB

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