75 Degrees to 107 Degrees in Just 2 Hours – Crazy!!

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75 Degrees to 107 Degrees in Just 2 Hours – Crazy!!

 

I was again reminded about how dramatically the temperatures can vary from our coastal area here in Carlsbad to the California desert.  We enjoy visiting the desert cities from time to time, even when it’s warm, and just returned from a quick getaway. The shift from 75 degrees the other morning when we left, to 107 degrees 2 hours later when we drove down the mountains into Palm Desert, was a bit of a shock.

 

 The Palms to Pines Highway near Palm Desert CA

 

Looking down on Palm Desert from the lookout point in the mountains

The nice thing about visiting at this time of year in the desert is it is not crowded, with far less traffic, and it’s easy to get into restaurants for dinner. The downside is a number of restaurants close during the summer months, as do many shops, since there are far fewer tourists, and many residents leave to escape the heat for a few months. There are some wonderful restaurants in the desert, especially along El Paseo in Palm Desert, what is often called the Rodeo Drive of the desert, with abundant shopping, much of it high-end, like this Louis Vuitton Store.

 

 Louis Vuitton Store window in Palm Desert

 

Living close to the beach we rarely use AC at home, but in the desert it seems you are constantly in and out of it – it’s a necessity when it’s over 100 degrees – no matter when you are. And pools are pretty popular – there are several at the Westin Resort where we stayed and they are all jammed (like this one), except for the "quiet pool" with spa music in the background, which is more our style.

 

Pool at the Westin in Palm Desert

 

Evenings remain pretty warm, unlike at the coast when the temps drop quite a bit. And sunsets are still pretty in the desert, even when it’s over 100 degrees!

 

Evening sunset in Palm Desert 

 

The desert flowers are always enjoyable, with different ones than we see at home.

 

Flowers in Palm Desert 

 

And even the view from my “office,” poolside, looked different in the desert!

 

My Palm Desert office view

 

One of the neat things about living in Carlsbad is access to so many different places to enjoy – the beaches, major cities (San Diego, Los Angeles), the mountains, and the desert, all within about 2 to 3 hours of our home.  But it’s always nice to come home!!

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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel  Well we see the same temp differences here, too. I like 80 degrees or so in the summer. But we see a significant shift even in the drive from our home up to LA - you get inland and easily there is a 10+ degree difference or more. Last time we were in the desert in the summer it was 117 - well beyond my comfort level!

Jeff

Jul 20, 2017 08:46 PM #5
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Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
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What a slice-of-life post, Jeff! Wonderfully fun and filled with great photos. I can tell you enjoyed not only the downtime, but telling us about it. You inspired me to think about writing a post about all of the coastal towns that are only about an hour away from Fishhawk Lake. 

Thank you!! (Gotta create a title so I don't forget to write about it). 

Jul 20, 2017 11:34 PM #6
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Good morning Jeff.  Our little city swells to over 100K people during the day and round 35K at night.  You can travel in almost any direction and in 5 minutes be in the country.  No drastic temperature change but  nice change to get away from the traffic and congestion.

Jul 21, 2017 03:28 AM #7
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
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Jeff Dowler I hope you were brave enough to get out on that golf course. Sandy has mentioned that even Carlsbad has been toasty.

Jul 21, 2017 04:19 AM #8
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Amanda S. Davidson
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Jeff, it sounds and looks like you had a wonderful getaway even with the heat. That's a huge change for just a 2 hour drive. 

Jul 21, 2017 05:38 AM #9
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Hi Jeff, 

What a fabulous pictorial blog about the desert. Very familiar with everything you described. You hit every point and really paint the picture for the reader!! We loved to go to Tommy Bahamas on El Paseo.  Anytime we go to CA we stop at the JW in Desert Springs to break up the long drive. So many memories of vacations a long time ago!

We love the desert - Palm Springs and the Colorado River is probably why we moved to Arizona. 

Living is SoCal you have the ability to go from the mountains to the desert to the beach all in the same day. I know because we have done that.  The drive on highway 74 is a beautiful drive from the beach. We usually take it to Dana Point but have taken the other highway to the Carlsbad area. 

Jul 21, 2017 07:25 AM #10
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But it is a dry heat in the desert - right?  lol

We experience drastic temperature changes here in Colorado even if we are standing in one place.  I remember one day in May a few years back.  The temperature dropped 50 degrees.  Went from sunshine to snow in two hours.

Jul 21, 2017 08:42 AM #11
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Hi Kathy Streib  - I definitely was enjoying that office view. I only had my phone with me but still did a "little" work.

Hi Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate  Thanks for stoppping by! It was a fun time, and fun writing about it. Wish I had taken more photos. I think a post about your local coastal towns is a great idea and will be well enjoyed and appreciated.

Jeff

Jul 21, 2017 09:24 AM #12
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Hi James Dray  - getting away is often a good thing! That's a pretty remarkable shift in the number of people!

I'm not a golfer Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI NMLS#1483386  and certainly was not about to try my hand at it in that heat. It was a bit warmer in Carlsbad when we got home (82!), still 20 degrees cooler than in the desert.

Jeff

Jul 21, 2017 09:30 AM #13
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Hi Amanda S. Davidson  - we WERE expecting it, but it's still quite a shock to get out of the car and feel that heat...and it was somewhat humid, too!

Sheri Sperry - MCNE®  - we love the drive out through the mountains, and the scenery anytime of the year...even with the snow in the mountains in the winter, which of course we don't get in Carlsbad. Dinner the second night was at Pacifica Seafood on El Paseo, right down the street from Tommy Bahama's.

Jeff

Jul 21, 2017 09:33 AM #14
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Hi Belinda Spillman 

Wow that is quite a shift. We don't see that here.

Yes it is "dry" heat but still pretty brutal! LOL. And the day after we arrived it was actually pretty humid, too!

Jeff

Jul 21, 2017 09:36 AM #15
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Hi Jeff - Nice photos. They remind me that it has been too long since I had any desert time. Have a great weekend!

Jul 21, 2017 09:38 AM #16
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Hi Jeff - I have experienced when driving from Vegas to the Grand Canyon.  Only in the western part of our country.

Jul 21, 2017 09:40 AM #17
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Beautiful photos, Jeff. For a minute there I thought your title was telling me your temperatures in Carlsbad moved some 25+ degrees in a couple of hours.

Jul 21, 2017 12:09 PM #18
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Looks like a great time away. Although plus 100 degree temperatures are beyond me usually. 

Jul 21, 2017 02:41 PM #19
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How nice that you can drive there in a few hours.  That is one thing I miss about living here on Maui... being able to drive somewhere new!

Jul 21, 2017 07:59 PM #20
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Hi Dick Greenberg  - I enjoy visiting the desert because it IS so different.

It's a different experience for sure Grant Schneider . I drove through the Mojave Desert on one trip across country and it was 125 degrees, and dramatically different from where I have lived more of my life!

Jeff

Jul 21, 2017 08:44 PM #21
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Hi Nina Hollander  - well the title WAS intentional. I figured it mught grab SOME attention and curiosity!

100+ degrees is NOT a place where I want to spend a lot of time, but it was fun for a couple of days Lynnea Miller 

The diversity was have within a couple of hours is something I really enjoy about being here Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089 

Jeff

Jul 21, 2017 08:52 PM #22
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Jeff Dowler ~ well then, Jeff... it worked! Have a great weekend and say cool! (Something that will be hard to do in Charlotte right now.)

Jul 22, 2017 03:41 AM #23
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We have 103 degrees today and when we walked out poodle this morning it was 78. This is not driving anywhere. Time to head north for the winter.

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