Saturday, 7 January 2006
Lin, her friend, Judy and myself left for the flea market just before 8 a.m. and arrived about 8:30 a.m. It's quite an interesting place with booths set up like streets. We went our separate ways with plans to meet at the entrance at 10:00 a.m. There was quite a bit to see but I did manage to buy a purse, some strawberries, a grapefruit knife and an orange peeler. I've been looking for a grapefruit knife for about a month as ours is under the kitchen slide. I know it's still there because it's making marks on my kitchen floor every time we put the slide out and we can't figure out how to get it out. Anyway, we met up just before 10:00 a.m. and returned to the park. I then had something to eat, a long nap and then sat outside in my chair and read for a while. It was too cool for shorts so I put on long pants and sat under the overhang of the fifth wheel which was partially in the sun and it was warm enough then.
I just got back from a long walk around the park and took a few more photos.
Tomorrow the plan is to wash the RV. It's very difficult to find a park that will allow RV washing. Here you have to buy a permit for $5.00 and it's only good for that day so I hope it's not too windy or something tomorrow as it sure needs it. I also need to go to the laundry room and get some used dryer sheets. They are supposed to be great for removing bugs.
Another day in the life of a retired person in the deserts of southern California!
Friday, 6 January 2006
Before I start on today's blog, let me bring up the benefits of Bulk Barn. In most of eastern Ontario we have a store called Bulk Barn where you can buy foods in bulk. This includes pastas, nuts, candy, dried fruits, flours of all types, dog treats etc. as well as spices. I miss Bulk Barn! I use walnuts on my cereal in the morning (they are supposed to be good for keeping blood pressure down). In the U.S. you can't find walnut pieces. You can get whole walnuts (at a price) but in a package like for making cookies. I don't want to have to chop them but guess I have no choice. There are probably bulk stores somewhere but I haven't found one yet. Now to today - 82F, sunny, no humidity, tough to take! Took my time getting ready this morning so that by the time we were showered and such it was 10:30 a.m. I had planned to drive to the SuperWalMart for groceries so I left then and went to the one in Palm Springs. Gordon stayed behind and had planned to walk around the park photographing birds. I understand that the birds had other ideas. Anyway, went to Lowe's and WalMart and got home around 3:00 p.m. It's nice when I drive myself so I don't have to rush. When I got back I took a few minutes to read my book in my lawn chair and look at the sky. Just beautiful! This morning as I was on my way back from walking Bib, I met Lin (the female half of the couple that sponsored us as guests here this week). She asked me if I wanted to go with her and her friend to COD tomorrow. COD is a type of flea market only the things are mostly new. It's affiliated with College of the Desert and I understand it funds scholarships to the College. Anyway, 8:00 a.m. tomorrow and we're off! So, tonight will be an early night. Feature is a photo of Bib checking out the doggie park.
Thursday, 5 January 2006
Today we headed out for a drive going east on Route 111 through Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage and Palm Desert and then headed up into the mountains. We didn't go too far as it's one of those mountain roads that although there's a guardrail, you're still very aware of how high up you are. After taking some photos of the cities below and the Salton Sea on the other side of the mountains, we headed south on Route 86 as far as Salton City and took some photos of the Salton Sea. Pictured is Gordon standing in front of the Salton Sea.
After our little trip we came back on I-10 to our RV and I sat outside in my lawn chair for a while and read, then had a nap and took Bib for a walk to the doggie park.
Oh, the life of a retired person......
Wednesday, 4 January 2006
We left Twentynine Palms at about 10:30 a.m. and arrived back at Catalina Spa & RV Resort about 11:40 a.m. after an uneventful drive, most of it was down the mountain. We were signed in and set up by 1:30 p.m. It was a beautiful sunny day here, around 78F. After we got set up we went for a shower and a dip in the mineral spring spa, then back to the RV. I sat outside for a while and read and dried off a bit. We stopped by to see the folks who gave us access to the park for this week on our way back from the showers. They had a whole list of places for us to go for photography so we’ll have to go and see some of these.
We’re glad to be back in this park as it is a nice one and it has cable TV but it’s packed now whereas when we were here a week ago there were lots of empty spaces. Now we have neighbours on both sides of us. They both came in today after we did so our back row is now full. We chose the back row for ease of setting up the satellite dish and it’s also close to the largest pool & showers.
Just planning a relaxing evening tonight.
Tuesday, 3 January 2006
Tuesday January 3rd dawned bright and sunny with very little wind, thank goodness. The power did go off once this morning but came right back on again. Amazing it didn’t go off in the windstorm yesterday but I’m sure glad it didn’t.
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Today we headed back into Joshua Tree National Park to see if we could find Arch Rock. When we were there last week we couldn’t find it but we persevered and today found it, photographed it and is now recorded for posterity. We also went to the Ocotillo (pronounced oh-koh-TEE-yoh) Patch but there weren’t many ocotillo and they have lost all their leaves and flowers - it is winter here after all. We also stopped at the Cholla (pronounced cho-ya)
After lunch, I went and got a few groceries in preparation for returning to Desert Hot Springs tomorrow. We’re returning to the membership park that we were at a week ago, this time as a guest of a couple we met at the Christmas potluck.
Gordon has gone to wash and vacuum the truck. After yesterday’s windstorm, it sure needed it!
Monday, 2 January 2006
Wow! What a day! We’ve had wind pretty much all day with gusts that according to my Weatherbug were over hurricane force at times. As you can see from my photo, there was a lot of tumblin’ tumbleweed going on around here and when I went outside this evening there iwas a lot more tumbleweed than there was this morning when I took this picture. The tumbleweed flew over the fence and gathered behind the RVs where the wind couldn’t get at them so there they sit. Other than the wind and some rain, it’s been sunny and mild today. Because of the wind, we didn’t venture out to Joshua Tree National Park today as there would be too much sand blowing around and there was also a big dark cloud hanging over the mountains so they may be experiencing some rain in the park.
So I took the opportunity to get the vacuuming done. Even being retired and traveling, there is still housework that has to happen.
Sunday, 1 January 2006
The year 2005 started out with us leaving our location at
From there we headed to
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We started out trip back from
Our return to
The month of June we spent at the Alpine RV Resort in Lindsay as Betty and husband, Garth have a cottage at Pleasant Point. Betty & I did some day shopping trips and she and I stayed overnight in
We returned to
Our next stop was at
We crossed into the
Then we were off to unpleasant. From
While in San Diego, I found out that a full time RVer whose blog I read daily was at a campground at Desert Hot Springs that is for members only but she could get us in on a coupon for 5 days for $25. For this price we had to sit through a presentation for purchase of a membership at the park. It wasn’t a high powered sales pitch and we got through it without depleting our bank account. It is a beautiful park though and we are going back there for a week in January 2006 as guests of another couple that we met at the Christmas pot luck. We had a few quite hot but pleasant days here, lots of sun and even had some pool time. Definitely shorts weather! There were lots of little hummingbirds flitting around the park as well.
While at Desert Hot Springs, Gordon drove up to Joshua Tree National Park which was about an hour’s drive and he decided that he would like to spend some time there so we headed out to Twentynine Palms, a small town at the entrance to Joshua
Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! We’ve had a great year and are looking forward to the next year with some new and some old places in our itinerary….stay tuned……