Saturday, January 24, 2009

Golf and The Living Desert

As a recap for our trip due to Paul's company's Executive Summit Retreat, Tuesday was a traveling day, plus we went out to dinner and a movie...very rare these days. Wednesday we went on the tram up the mountain and had an opening dinner for Parsons, the company. Thursday, Paul started his business meetings while I went shopping at the outlet mall and made lots of fun new friends from all over the country. We also had a fun sports theme dinner where we wore our favorite sports team shirts...I wonder what sports team is our favorite?! Friday, Paul had morning meetings, went golfing at the resort's amazing golf course, and I went to a zoo/botanical gardens called "The Living Desert". We all were bused to eat with smaller departmental groups at really nice restaurants that evening. Today, Paul had meetings all day and I got some things done in the hotel room, plus went to a beautiful park to eat lunch. Tonight we are having a more formal dinner all together to end the retreat. Palm Springs has been wonderful and such a great memory for Paul and me!

These palm trees were HUGE!

Typical view of Joshua Tree (cactus) in Palm Springs Valley

Palm Springs and Desert Valley
(The taller peak is the mountain we went up to)

Saw some animals of the deserts around the world...this one is a porcupine

Desert plants and vegetation

An oasis along the San Andreas fault line...typically where palm trees live and water comes out.



Me in front of a huge model train collection

Thanks Parsons for a great time!


Steph said...

That is so awesome that you guys were able to go together. Too bad Paul had to go to meetings but is worked out that you were able to go shopping while he was busy with business stuff. Sounds like you guys had a great time just being together. You guys deserve it!!

Church Fam said...

What a fun trip! Makes me want to go there. Love all the pics

Jennifer said...

Beautiful! These shots make me miss the desert. I'm glad you had such a great time (and am glad you are back -- we've miss ya!).

cms87 said...

Allison, I love the pics. How fun. I hope you keep posting. I love seeing how your cute family is doing.