Coachella Valley odds and ends.

It wasn’t all abstractionist totem poles and (Still) Great Again on our little family holiday in Coachella Valley last week…

Palm Springs 2020 - Airplane Window

 We inevitably found our way to Boomers in Cathedral City – not once, but for five consecutive days – where we made excellent use of their side-by-side go-karts…

Palm Springs 2020 - Boomers Track

Palm Springs 2020 - Go Karting
Their 54-hole mini-golf trilogy…

Palm Springs 2020 - Golf Swing
Their arcade, where Niko latched onto the tri-screened late 90’s SEGA Ferrari F355 Challenge game with the “horsey steering wheel”…i

Palm Springs 2020 - F355

Their water gun-equipped bumper boats…

Palm Springs 2020 - Bumper Boats

And of course our spoils of war, bling bling…ii

Palm Springs 2020 - Bling

And arcade-won stamps, quickly put to widespread use…

Palm Springs 2020 - Full Sleeves

Elsewhere in the Valley, the little man and I hiked 90 minutes round-trip to see this waterfall, across some reasonably demanding terrain…

Palm Springs 2020 - Waterfall

The walking sticks sure helped!

Palm Springs 2020 - Hiking

In the parking lot at the base of the trail was a Porsche Club gathering of some description. There were five 911s parked there (991 GT3 RS, 991 50th anniversary, 992 C4S, and two others) owned by a group of men well into their 70s, some of whom were traveling with their wives on this excursion. They didn’t seem to be having the greatest times of their lives, but that could be because they were quite old and no amount of money can buy youth, or that Niko was passing them on the trail so remorselessly…

Palm Springs 2020 - 911

We didn’t get to steer any Porsches on this trip, but our Pentastar-powered Chrysler Pacifica was more than pleasant. “The Cadillac of Minivans” according to the agent at Thrifty, which doesn’t say much about Cadillac (or Thrifty), but I couldn’t help but admire how easy and practical the Pacifica generally was to use, to the point that I daydreamed more than once about trading in my G-Wagon for something more practical such as this, before remembering that my ego is the size of Neptune and that I should probably address that 800 lbs gorilla in the room first…

Palm Springs 2020 - Minivan

Still elsewhere, we practiced our letters at the IHOP in Cathedral City where we were the only ones out of the dozen tables not speaking Spanish…

Palm Springs 2020 - Letters

We turned public sculpture into a private jungle gym on the posh El Paseo in Rancho Mirage…

Palm Springs 2020 - El Paseo Sculpture

Of course we also went to some “actual” playgrounds, where the amount of limb attached to this not-even-four-and-a-half-year-old was startlingly apparent…

Palm Springs 2020 - Playground

And lastly not leastly, we turned Lino Tagliapietra blown glass sculpture at the Palm Springs Art Museum into yet another opportunity to stick our tongues out at the camera…iii

Palm Springs 2020 - Museum

There, that should make up for the fact that I didn’t post a single picture of this adorable munchkin three years ago…

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  1. At the Boomers arcade, I didn’t spend a dime on game tokens despite being eminently able to afford it. I mean, why should I when a 4-year-old enjoys the previews just as much if not more than the paid experience ? The only games we “actually” played were with found tokens off the ground or left in return slots, with which we managed to scrounge enough to play for a couple easy little games and won enough tickets for a cute prize or two. Kudos to the staff for being as generous and empowered as they were to “round-up” our ticket totals… by a factor of 8x… when they really didn’t have to.

    FWIW you can get an idea of the SEGA Ferrari F355 Challenge arcade gameplay here. And it’s already pretty clear that the heir apparent has acquired his father’s affection for fast cars. Eek. Now I pretty much have to buy a Ferrari at some point, ideally before he’s eligible for his driver’s license in 12 years. If I had to pick one today, cost no object, it’d be an FF or GTC4Lusso. Four seats, V12, paddles… check, check, check!

  2. And my “Margiela” nails…
  3. ABS! Always Be Silly! 

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