But California's usually sunny climate threw the Obamas a curve when it shifted to storm clouds and heavy rain. Their military plane was forced to divert to March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, disappointing people who had waited in rainy Palm Springs all day hoping to greet or at least catch a glimpse of the former first family.
The Obamas are still expected to take their vacation in Palm Springs after the slight travel delay. The former president is known to enjoy golf and locals say Saturday might be a good time when the weather clears.
"We're going to take a little break," Michelle Obama said. "We're finally going to get some sleep and take some time to be with our family and just be still for a little bit."
Shortly after his inauguration, President Donald Trump escorted his predecessor to the military helicopter that goes by the call sign "Marine One" when the president is on board, but when carrying Obama went by "Executive One."
He first flew to Andrews Air Force Base to say goodbye again and thank military supporters.
"This is not a period. This is a comma, in the continuing story of building America," Obama said.
The family is expected to continue living in Washington D.C., where they have a rented a home. They are expected to stay there at least until their youngest daughter Sasha finishes high school.