Thursday and Friday September 8-9, 2016:
I went for a 45 minute neighborhood walk at 7:15 a.m., my first full day in Palm Springs this time of year. The temperature was a nice 75 degrees. I encountered many locals walking dogs or manicuring their front yards. Most made the effort to say, “Hello” or to respond to mine.
Approximately 5,000 steps later, I was at breakfast, poolside at the INNdulge, reading a New York Times’ article about Obama’s efforts on Climate Change.
Salt Water – Chilled or Heated
I finished a second morning walk (going to the local drug store,) at 10 a.m., adding another 5,000 steps to my daily total.
I read a bit more of a wonderful book, titled “Far and Away” by Andrew Solomon, and by noon (93 degrees) I was back at the chilled kidney- shaped pool. When others vacated, I eagerly jumped in to do some laps only to realize I had left my FITBIT on my wrist. I quickly dried it off; it seems to work just fine.
I checked my email, drafted the beginning of this post, checked out the gym at the INNdulge, reviewed a calendar of events at 14 local “friendly” pubs, and took a nap in my air-conditioned (a new high efficiency and very quiet machine) room.
At 2 p.m., with a temp of 97 degrees outside and 14 folks (nice mix of ages) floating and chatting in the pool, I chose the air-conditioned small, but well equipped, gym to work on weights and the stride machine. (Note: I scheduled my regular 3-month diabetes checkup only a few days after I return, hoping it would encourage me to not “cheat” on diet and exercise this trip. I am down 7 lbs since June and 17 lbs since February.)
INNdulge also offers access to a local larger gym for its customers.
4:30 p.m. 98 degrees:
I learned quickly to chose to walk on shadows on the cement; better yet on the grass. My necklace for the first time in 20 years began to burn my neck. My metal frame eyeglasses began to annoy me. The chaise lounge plastic seats needed the large wonderfully soft bath towel the resort provided. I must say the clear and sunny skies, the warm air and the friendly people kept my spirits high.
6 p.m. Social Hour poolside (b.y.o.b) Very nice. Easy to chat with folks. Nice food. Very pleasant setting. Friendly and attentive staff.
7 p.m. I walked 20 minutes to the long multi-block Street Fair (held every Thursday eve from 7-10 p.m.) Amazing collection of musicians, artists, crafts, food, … locals and tourists.
9 p.m. I walked to a pub near the INNdulge. Quiet crowd but nice.
I ended Thursday at 10 p.m. with 22,634 steps (10.22 miles.) Temperature: 91 degrees, but seemed cooler. Here only 2 days yet my body seems to be adjusting!
Friday morning I went for a walk at 7:30 a.m. and got about 4100 steps in before breakfast, where I read an article on Oregon’s Measure 97 in the New York Times. During the early morning hours the pool is usually without folks, so I did my laps and then read. I packed for my departure tomorrow and washed some clothes, setting them out to dry.
Long sleeved shirt is only for chilly train rides. I don’t dare wear it in Palm Springs this time of year.
At 11 a.m. I walked back to town and in and out of air-conditioned shops (I never browse but at 102 degrees, it felt like the right thing to do.) I met Bob, a friend who moved here 4 months ago from Eugene, for lunch and good conversation then headed back to the INNdulge with over 12,000 steps under my belt. A nap, some reading, a swim in the pool and a delightful set of conversations at the evening social hour with folks from Australia, Seattle, LA, Winnipeg and Palm Springs filled the daytime. An evening was started with a final walk bringing me to my daily goal of 20,000 steps then two hours in the pool and the hot tub (with more conversations, mostly about marriage and family.)
I packed for tomorrow’s departure from this lovely resort (with a somewhat reluctant heart.) It’ll be on to the La Dolce Vita resort before the noon hour Saturday.
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