Phoenix, not my favorite place, I've still got some growing to do before I can fully appreciate it.
Palm Springs it was!
Initially this started as a girls' weekend. Liz and me, I'd kidnap Janelle from Phoenix and we'd make the drive. Liz had just had a birthday too; we'd double up the celebration. But as the news trickled out, it became a favorite group thing with some of my most favorite people on the planet, minus a few who are scattered around the country.
Miramonte for the weekend and had a glorious time. We hauled RockBand over from Phoenix and played daily (I even got to the Expert level on a few tracks. Impressive, I know). I think this may have to be an annual tradition. Even if not on my birthday, no reason required to have a sunny poolside weekend at a Palm Springs resort. Liz wrote a nice summary, far more detailed than this short post, complete with video evidence.