Monday, July 27, 2009

A Recipe for Keeping Cool in the Desert

As one would expect, it is quite hot at the moment in the Palm Springs area. If I'm not mistaken, it was around 116 degrees this past weekend. It's just down right HOT! I've grown accustomed to the climate after many long arid summers and don't mind the heat at all. However, being the Palm Springs Savant, people often write to me and ask, "what do people do to keep cool in Palm Springs?" Well, I thought today would be a perfect day to share one example of what some folks do. To be sure, anyone with kids in the family heads over to Knott's Soak City . It is a twenty-one acre water park designed around a 1950s Southern California beach theme. It is a hit with visitors and locals alike; you can buy one time tickets or season passes. Knott's Soak City features 22 water rides and attractions. Popular features include the "Rip Tide Reef", with an amazing 800,000 gallon wave pool, the "Sea Snake", a 50-foot tube slide, "Dare Devil Tower", side-by-side speed slides down a wild seven story drop. In addition to "Pacific Spin", a multi-person raft that drops 75 feet down into a six-story funnel, there is also a lazy river for more relaxed water fun. Even if you have little ones, kiddies can play in the "Gremmie Lagoon" with child sized water slides and their own splash pool. Adults have their own respite, and hang out in the private poolside cabanas with waiter service, so you never have to lift a finger. if you don't mind crowds or a lot of kid, it's really the perfect way to cool off in the middle of the hot dry desert summer months. I borrowed a few more photos from the Internet:

Looks refreshing, doesn't it? And who says the desert is too hot in the summer? So don't be afraid to come visit, there are great hotel rates this time of year too!
-Rick Rockhill

8 comments:

Kathy said...

One hundred and sixteen, huh? Well, you've got us beat!!! That's a contest I don't mind losing. The water park DOES look refreshing and I can imagine that their business is booming right now!

grace said...

116! and I thought it was going to be hot today when it hits 100. lol
That water park looks like alot of fun.I have never seen anything like it. I shall come back in around noon, and imagine myself there...

Elizabeth Bradley said...

I have to wonder how they make that water cool? Last year my son rented us a condo at La Quinta during July and man oh man, the pools were so hot they weren't even refreshing. Even at 11 o'clock at night. So, I'm assuming that there must be a way to cool the water at the water park. No?

Desert Songbird said...

The water park near my house just went through a multi-million dollar renovation and just reopened a few weeks ago. Oddly enough, my kids have no desire to visit there. I guess it's because we had too many bad experiences there in the past, and they're not even willing to give the "new" park a try. Oh well, I guess we could always use a friend's pool. Or the YMCA.

W.O.T.E. said...

People maybe, but you - doubtful!

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

In all the years I've lived here on a permanent basis--since 1961...And all the years I visited here and even went to USC---And the many many MANY times I've been in Palm Springs/LaQuinta/, etc...I NEVER had heard of this place! And I think I would have loved it, being a swimmer and a lover of water....! Thanks for the great pictures, my dear! Those Slides look fantastic!

Cheryl said...

I love water parks on hot, hot days.

WAT said...

Those temps are horrid! YIKES! Knott's Soak City is in Palm Springs?! I did not know this.

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