And just before we jumped into the pool, we thought of the road food... Luckily there's a fridge in the room* and the wrappers full of chocolate sauce have resolidified into who knows what. And we have bought a small cooler bag and a pack of BetterThanIce and 3 litres of water for tomorrow.
* We're staying at the Travelodge in Palm Springs again, which is such a nice place; it looks like any old motel - any two old motels in fact - but it's been repainted and done out in bably blue and chocolate brown with suede chairs and comfy beds and good showers and there's a nice little swimming pool that's 8 ft deep at one end and a huuuge toasty warm spa pool. I had to swim in the cold pool for a long time to cool down enough to enjoy that and then it was like a bath.... Best dinner in Palm Springs so far, at the Blue Coyote Grill**. It says Mexican and Southwestern and it's Cal-Mex and Mex, I think. Mango margarita made without any rubbishing sweet and sour or other contamination, Pacifico beer, roasted corn chowder with just the right amound of celery and red pepper in a creamy soup, spice-rubbed prime rib with chipotle mash and pork carnitas steamed in a banana leaf with red chile sauce (served with black beans and queso and rice that had corn and carrot in and sour cream and amazingly creamy guacamole and tortillas to make it into burritos. Yum! And yay for Hulu; after rather too much poking at the site we were able to watch the season finale of Chuck with nary a stutter (and a scary scary Intel advert for the co-inventor of USB getting mobbed by fans in the break room). Oh Orion! Oh boy!
** Not much like the also very nice Blue Coyote of old in Oxford that tanais will remember.
***I know I last left us leaving San Francisco for Las Vegas; I will round up the SFO-LVG-CVG-MCO-CVG-LAX portion of things because we had fun and frolics, but everything after April 30th was eaten by Windows 7 RC. Just a link list for what we wrote will take a whole blog post! Today was our first whole day off to ourselves for ages (not that we don't love all the fun we have with friends and family) and we don't have to be anywhere until San Diego 10am Monday ;-) Time for an explore...