Our second week here
26.12.2010 - 30.12.2010 64 °F
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
It’s been almost 2 weeks now since we came to Desert Hot Springs. The first 4 days were filled with that storm that most of you had to live through wherever you live, as well us. Then came about 1 week of gorgeous 68-73 degree weather that made us glad that we were celebrating Christmas here in the desert. And now, today, another storm has come through. But this storm is a quick one. It has lasted less than a day. I just went out to try and fasten down the stove vent flap….it just keeps rattling with the wind. But, oh the sky, how beautiful! The stars are so bright that they seem like you can just reach up and touch them. This is something that I have to get used to again. It’s so fun to see the sky so lit up.
Last week we stayed in a large very nicely appointed resort. But this week we changed to another resort about 3 miles further down the road. This resort is much smaller, older, and very quiet. We love it here. Our trailer space is at the back of the resort and we have a spectacular view of the Coachella Valley. At night we can see I-10 snaking way out there in the desert almost all the way to Banning. We can see out the same window both Mt. San Gorgonio and Mt. San Jacinto (at night we can see the top of the Palm Springs aerial tramway). Between both mountains is a low pass that funnels a lot of wind out here to the desert. So hundreds of wind generators have been erected to capture all that energy and change it into electricity. Each day I walk out the gate behind our trailer and into the desert. It is really wonderful to see so many different kinds of plants and animals. Today we saw out first Road Runner right behind the trailer.
There are 4 large soaking mineral water pools here, 2 hot (104 degrees) and 2 cold. Then there is a nice large swimming pool that is at least 80 degrees and very comfortable. We try to use the pools daily. They are all outside, but they are protected with glass walls on the windward side and roofs over the spas to keep one from being roasted by the sun as they are being cooked by the water.
While we have been here at DHS, we have taken several excursions. We went to Joshua Tree NP one day and the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway another day. We found a very, very neat oasis filled with Fan Palms on another day. We’ve spent time looking for just the right place to settle-in for another winter. Of course, we’ve had to find libraries to keep up-dated on our email and keep you folk up-dated with our excursion and photos. Since the last time I was in this area, it has really grown. There are cities that are pretty much connected from Palm Springs to Indio and beyond. We did do some city exploring (had to find the Costcos……) and see how the rich and famous live out here in the desert. We plan on leaving here Sunday, Jan 2, 2011, and head east. I’ll try and catch you up on what and where the next time I get to use a wifi. In the meantime, please enjoy the photos I am just up-loading to the site and make sure you read the dialog and description of each. We love being retired! -jc