Second stop: Los Angeles (by way of Joshua Tree).
We left San Diego after that beautiful sunset and drove through the desert and the night to Palm Springs, CA. After checking in to our modest one-star motel, we decided to get some dinner at the Ace Hotel. I’d been curious to see it after hearing so much about it, and also it was the only place still open that late. Well, believe the hype: the Ace Hotel is pretty damn cool. The food was delicious, the drinks fabulous, the waiters very accommodating, and the hot tub… Ah, the hot tub. There are no words.
Or actually, the words would be: hot tub, steam, night, desert, stars, HOT TUB.
And who wouldn’t like waking up to this?
The next day found us heading East to Joshua Tree. We spent a few hours driving through the desert, climbing rocks and looking at desert things, but I have to be honest here: I already missed the hot tub and I kinda wished we were back at the Ace hotel, slinging fancy cocktails by the pool. I know. I’m a horrible person. Because, come on, look at these awesome Joshua trees:
But the pool!
But the rock-climbing!
Palm Springs, Joshua Tree, I like you guys. We’ll be back.
As the afternoon stretched into evening, we made it back to LA, but not without experiencing wonderful bumper-to-bumper traffic for the last hour and a half of our trip. Oh, LA. You’re so silly.
So in San Diego we’d seen the Padres take on the Diamondbacks, and now we couldn’t wait to see the Dodgers take on the… Padres? Apparently they too had travelled up the coast, though we didn’t see them anywhere in that hot tub.
The worst part about Dodger Stadium? Getting there in LA traffic (though I quite enjoy the views). Spending $15 on parking.
The best part? Everything else. I love Dodger Stadium! It’s old school, it has palm trees and pastel blue and yellow seats. I later found out the same architect designed Shea Stadium, and I loved Shea. I know Shea wasn’t very popular, and yes it looked pretty ugly, but it felt right. Citi Field? Has no soul. Too fancy, too many tvs, too many food options. The new Yankee Stadium is even worse. It feels more like a mall than a stadium.
Once again, we got pretty good seats for cheap, and were able to move down to even better seats after a few innings. It had rained earlier that day and it was unusually cold, and so the stadium wasn’t too crowded.
The Dodgers beat the Padres, maybe not unexpectedly, but not without a good fight on the Padres part.
Fireworks after the game, as the Dodgers are celebrating the 5oth anniversary of their ballpark this year.
All in all, a pretty good night at Dodger Stadium! Hot tub or not.
Next up: San Francisco and the Giants.