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 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.
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.
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!
The desert flowers are always enjoyable, with different ones than we see at home.
And even the view from my “office,” poolside, looked different in the desert!
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!!