By Brian Hackney

Desert Roadtrippers, Part Four

What a long strange trip it’s been….and we’ve still got two days of our desert road trip to go! Today, the fearless threesome (now being referred to by the crew as “BLT” — Brian Liam and Thuy) take something of a break from the miles and settle into a mini-vacation in beautiful Palm Springs.


Liam takes a tour of this swingin’ town with a local who used to be OUR local — Hank Plante! This legendary KPIX newsman has traded in his signature suit and tie for a closetful of Tommy Bahama shirts and cargo shorts, and is living the good life in Palm Springs. He takes Liam on a tour of downtown Palm Springs and, past the homes of celebrities, past and present — Liberace, Elvis, and….the Big Man himself, Frank Sinatra. Wait til you see his piano-shaped pool at his stylin’ pad (which you can rent, by the way)…

Meanwhile, Thuy and Brian catch a ride on the Palm Springs Aerial Tram….a ride that lifts folks nearly 6,000 feet in 10 minutes….one of our hosts packed a jacket — the other…well, she shivered. You’ll see some the amazing views Thuy and Brian soaked in from the top of Chino Canyon looking out to the vast desert below.
(888) 515-TRAM (8726)
One Tram Way, Palm Springs, CA. 92262

Then, Brian and Thuy get blown away — almost literally — when they visit a wind farm — a sea of windmills capitalizing on the valley’s two-way breezes….forget maintaining that perfect host hair, just try to stay standing…

Meanwhile, Liam checks out a signature stage show — the Fabulous Palm Springs Follies — where the stars of the show prove how spry you can be in your silver years. Every dancer is 55 or older — many in their 70s and still singing and dancing through 9 shows a week! Liam gets a backstage pass to hang with the Follies ladies — you’ll have to watch to see who makes who giggle louder…
128 S. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 327-0225

All three hosts reunite for some well-earned pampering and luxury “down time” at the posh Hyatt Grand Champions hotel….foot massages at the spa, margaritas in the lounge, and off to bed…because the last — and by far weirdest — day of the desert road trip is just around the corner…
44-600 Indian Wells Lane,
Indian Wells, California, USA 92210
Tel: +1 760 341 1000



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