Teri's Not-So-Desperate Summer Vacation

08/11/2006 at 06:00 AM EDT

Teri's Not-So-Desperate Summer Vacation
Teri Hatcher
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Teri Hatcher had an adrenaline-filled summer break. Before heading back to Wisteria Lane for the third season of Desperate Housewives, the actress jetted north to Alaska with 8-year-old daughter Emerson. "We went hiking, we both jumped in the 50-degree water. We saw a moose. She loved it," Hatcher told us at a party for the launch of the Desperate Housewives: The Complete Second Season: Extra Juicy Edition DVD in Universal City, Calif. She also got in some solo sea-kayaking. "My arms were so sore the next day – I thought they were going to fall off!"

Hatcher – who's narrating a documentary on humpback whales – got a chance to see the gentle giants up close. "We took a boat for about five days all up and around and a couple of different sea planes to different locations," she says. "I don't even know where we were. It was so peaceful."

Teri's Not-So-Desperate Summer Vacation| Nicole Richie, Teri Hatcher

Nicole Richie

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Nicole: BFFs Present & Past

Though she's used to being the center of attention, Nicole Richie made sure deejay pal Samantha Ronson wore the birthday-girl crown on her big day. During a shopping trip with Ronson to Beverly Hills store Tracey Ross, a flock of tourists was waiting for the Simple Life star outside. But when she emerged from the boutique, Richie told the wide-eyed group to "gather around and sing 'Happy Birthday' to my friend Samantha," an onlooker tells us. While the 20-plus fans sang, Richie filmed the scene with her digital camera.

Later, the pals hit West Hollywood hot spot Hyde Lounge, where Richie, Lindsay Lohan, Harry Morton and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen celebrated with a cookies and Dom Perignon. "She was the queen bee," says an onlooker. "Everyone had a very good time."

Rewind to a couple of nights earlier and the scene wasn't so chummy: Richie and former BFF Paris Hilton both showed up at Hyde – and proceeded to ignore each other. Hilton hung out with sister Nicky while Richie grooved to the deejay on the opposite end of the bar.


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