Brad and I have hosted a Slow Travel GTG every October for the past three years. This year, we decided not to have one for two reasons: financial, and because of the 2010 Slow Travel Gathering in San Diego in March. Many of our far away ST friends will be flying out for the big San Diego event, so we didn't want to tempt anyone away from anyone coming to that!
Then east coast Slow Travel friends, Kim and Chris, took a weekend get-away to Palm Desert! Cause for a party in October. An easy pot luck evening was quickly planned for those close by.
The weekend started out with Shannon driving up from San Diego on Friday night. I thought she was at our front gate when she called, but instead, she was on HWY 74, about 25 minutes away with a flat tire. Brad and I jumped in the car, and he got to be a "boy hero" with her spare.
When we arrived, we were looking at each turnout for a little green bug, but we clearly saw Shannon waving from the hilltop (where she had to climb to get cell phone coverage). Three people had stopped to help her, but she waited for our arrival and a guaranteed safe tire changer!
At home, we quickly revived with some great chilled white wine that Shannon brought, and hosed off the dirt before joining Kim and Chris at their hotel for a drink. Then we went across the street to Acqua Pazza for their late happy hour appetizers and wine for our dinner.
Saturday afternoon, friends arrived for a pot luck spread that was amazing, as always.
(food photos tomorrow)
See what fun friends have on a sunny desert weekend:
Eden, Marcia, Jane and Sharon
Bill Chris and David relax with wine.
Barb and Mike love a party!
Nancy and Bill chatting with Jane.
Mike, Lou and Sharon share their September birthday. Who knew?
Shannon, Lou and Pete are happy guests.
Kim and Chris are the "guests of honor".
Marcia, Eden and Barb...lots of laughter going on!
(left to right) Kim, Marcia, Diana, Jane and Eden taking a break with cold water!
Jane and Palma prepping for dinner.
Everyone's favorite Wine Queen