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December 28 - January 1
Lon's 50th Birthday Bash in Palm Springs

My friend Lon celebrated his 50 years with a big celebration down in Palm Springs. His friends from around the country converged on the small desert town. We all stayed at the Wyndym Palm Springs for four nights. Lon treated all of us to a fantastic time. We had wonderful dinners, fun outtings and we brought in the new year with a blast. We all rode the spinning tram to the top of Mt. Jacinto. On Thursday, Lon's actual birthday, Lon had a fun time opening gag gifts, and then we had a fantastic dinner at Spencer's. On Friday, Toby and I ventured solo to Joshua National Park about an hour north of Palm Springs. New Year's day did our own tour of celebrity homes in town, and that night we had a wonderful dinner at the top rated French restaurant in Palm Springs. On New Year's Day, we lazily strolled around town and went to a cactus garden before heading off to the airport to head home. Thank you again Lon for a wonderful time.... and HAPPY 50th BIRTHDAY!

The first night in Palm Springs. Sunset from the balcony from Lon's suite.

I meet Lon's friends for the first time: Bubba, Dick and Karen, Sue and John, Kevin, Jeff and Matt, Mark and Joe. I'm between Lon and Kevin.

Us at the lobby of the hotel.

We have dinner at Magie's Italian restaurant on North Palm Drive.

On Thursday, we head up the tramway to Mt. Jacinto... 6,000 feet up!

Karen, Dick, Sue, Lon, Bubba, Kevin, Matt, Jeff, John, Alan and Toby (all before we head up the mountain)

At the top looking down to Palm Springs.

Hiking up at the top. It was a little cold.

The frat brothers... Bubba, Lon, Kevin and Dick.

John and Sue (from Colorado)

Karen and Dick (from Cleveland)

Me and Toby

The group!

Matt and Jeff (from Philadelphia)

Our leader... Lon!

Toby and Alan...

We trek to the top of a small peak, with Palm Springs WAY down below us.

Lon opening up some gag gifts before we depart for dinner.

The group at Spencer's restaurant. Mark, Joe and their two boys join us for dinner.

I had a wonderful Dover sole for dinner.

On Friday we head over to Joshua Tree National Park, about an hour drive north of Palm Springs. Here's Toby at the arch.

Me hiking amoungst the rocks at Joshua Tree.

FWEEE... here is an actual Joshua Tree.

A high view over looking Palm Springs, the Salton Sea, and Mt. Jacinto. This is Key's View in Joshua Tree Park

Us out and about in the park...

Toby at Baker Dam in the park.

On Friday, we drove around the celebrity homes in town.

Out and about in Palm Springs. Me with Sonny Bono!

Saturday night we had New Year's Eve at the number 1 rated French restaurant in town.

it's almost midnight...

3.. 2.. 1.. it's 2006!

On New Year's Day we went to a cactus garden before heading home.