What to do when it is 115F ?

Beach in Del Mar.

Most desert dwellers head towards the coast when the desert starts reaching the summer highs.  We’ve grown used to the 110 to 112 degree weather, but when the mercury rises to 115 + it is a bit unbearable.  It gets too hot to golf or do much else other than wade in the pool and even that gets too hot if there is no shade nearby.

Here are some ideas for this coming weekend as we are expecting 115 F on Thursday Friday and Saturday.  It is supposed to be 113F on Sunday in the Indio, CA area.

Go to the movies . . .

The movie theatres provide a cool reprieve from the desert heat.  Check the movie listings and go see a movie.  I just saw “Hangover” and found it very entertaining.  One of the better movies I’ve seen in a while.

Take the Tram . . .

Ride the Palm Springs Tramway to the San Jacinto Mountain State Park.  The weather is always cooler up there by about 20 to 30 degrees.  They have summer passes you can purchase for $60.  You can go up for a hike, to walk, for camping or to dine in their restaurant at the top.


Take a Road Trip . . .

Go Wine Tasting in Temecula – Temecula is only 1.5 hours from the Coachella Valley.  It is a scenic drive through the mountains via the 74, 371 to the 78. There are over 20 wineries in the Temecula Valley.  They wineries are open daily for wine tasting, wine tours and private groups.  You can always stay at the Pachanga Resort & Casino if you are looking for some night life to keep you busy.  Or if you are interested in golf they have the Temecula Creek Golf Club and Inn, Redhawk Golf Club and Cross Creek.  Pala Resort and Golf Club is just a few minutes south on the 15.  Old Town Temecula has shopping.  If you like antiques you will really enjoy the shops there.  They also have gift shops, wineries and other specialty shops.

Hike in Idyllwild – If you enjoy small, quiet mountain towns, then you will like Idyllwild.  It is a great place to visit if you enjoy the outdoors and hiking.  There isn’t much else to do there other than hike or ride horses.  It is less than 2 hours from Coachella Valley and can be a day trip or a weekend get-away.

Buy an Apple Pie in Julian, CA – No far from the desert floor is the old gold mining town called Julian.  The town is well-known for its apple groves and homemade apple pies.  If you enjoy hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding or camping, Julian has it all.  There is a lake where you can rent boats or fish.  In town there are a number of quaint shops and restaurants.

Boating at Big Bear
Boating at Big Bear

Go boating in Big Bear, CA – The Big Bear Lake is the main attraction in this mountain resort.  In just two hours you can be lakeside . . . fishing, waterskiing, swimming or sun bathing on one of the beaches.  You can take the ski lifts up and ride your mountain bike down.  You can also hike, horseback ride or just enjoy the surroundings.

If you have any other ideas on how to stay cool this summer as the temperatures heat up, post a comment. We would like to add to our list of fun things to do when it is 115F!

Head to the beach in San Diego or Newport –  About 2.5 hours west or southwest you can reach some of the best beaches in Southern California.  In San Diego I like to go to Del Mar as there is polo on Sundays at the San Diego Polo Club, the Del Mar Racetrack starts today (July 22nd) and there are restaurants and shops.

La Jolla is another favorite haunt with beautiful beaches, high-end shopping and excellent dining opportunities.  The La Jolla Cove is a great spot to hang out.  There are some fun bars and restaurants in walking distance from the cove.  They also have a nice grassy area and seal beach where you can watch the seals sun bath in the Children’s Cove.

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Lynn Bremner is the author of DesertRoadTrippin.com, a blog about desert road trips and tips. She started the blog after moving to Indio, CA where she now resides. Now a true desert dweller, Lynn has added in some of her own views on desert living. The heat does not keep her indoors in the summertime. She is out running, golfing or taking short day trips to some of the local points of interest. After years of traveling along the dusty, desert trails with her father, she has come to appreciate the beauty and solitude of the desert landscape. Her father’s passion for prospecting, desert lore and exploring the desert parks took their family to many interesting places, mostly in California, Nevada and Arizona. Lynn now writes about her desert road trips and intertwines a little bit of desert living into the mix.



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