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.

By MARISA LAUDADIO and MONICA RIZZO

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