Yesterday marked the sadness of leaving Palm Springs. We spent the previous 4 days in a beautiful home we rented. We embarked on this adventure, much like we had in years past, as a celebration of our wedding anniversary. This year marked 8 truly remarkable trips around the sun.
This sort of travel is not for the estranged, argumentative, or anxious. We choose a beautiful property, close, but not too close, to LA. Ideally we like Palm Springs because it is so quiet and the night sky always so clear. We carefully select locations that provide our necessities, a pool, a hot tub, fire in some form. The luxuries are more explicit to our tastes.. A pool, but salt water is very nice, as is something that has a shelf, preferably with floaty devices....for floating. Fire in any form is wonderful but a fire pit AND a fire place is usually pretty sweet. This particular property had 3 fire pits and 2 fire places. I like a big bath tub. And generally a grill, nice kitchen, and proper air conditioning are all a plus. Check, check and check.
We plot our arrival precisely, not wanting to waste a second of our alone time. Days before we mapped out a loose meal plan along with alcohol needs, mixers, fruit and snacks. We head to the grocery store directly prior to checking in so once inside our oasis we never need to leave. We pack incredibly light: swimsuit, sunscreen, sandals, moisturizer, sun hat, iphone for music, sunglasses, and a few toiletries. I will not wear makeup or do my hair even once during this trip. Nor will I have a need for outfit changes, uncomfortable shoes, or even cell phone service as I have no intention to check it anyway. I let all my friends and family know they are dead to me once I've arrived. There isn't anything that can't wait a few days for my input, response, or confirmation.
Once securely inside, groceries hid away, swimsuits adorned, we commence to do absolutely nothing for the remaining 4 days. We eat when we're hungry, drink plenty of fluids, apply sunscreen often, and sleep when tired but there is no agenda. It's being absolutely present to the joy that exists in life, besides the one person that matters most. On the outside it might look boring. But it's actually bliss. I have an opportunity to reconnect to the essence of my husband, and he gets to enjoy a carefree relaxed wife. There is no one to accommodate, no one to intrude or entertain. No deadlines. No demands. No judgement. No conflict. There is nothing. And in that nothing there is absolute perfection of the moment. If you can breathe deep and let yourself just be, those moments will reward you.
If you are interested in renting this particular house in Palm Springs we found it on HomeAway.com and the listing is here: http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p3727981