23.02.2011 - 27.02.2011
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Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Boy, does time ever fly! Seems like I just posted my last blog and that was a month ago. I’ve never seen 4 weeks go by so fast and we didn’t really do that much. I guess we were trying out doing what most snowbirds do………..very little. Up until this last time at DHS we had been going and going. So we wanted to see what it would be like just staying put.
Each morning I would go out on a bike ride with 2 guys that I had met here at the park. We would go out and ride through the desert getting some exercise, exchanging a fair amount of BS, and collecting roadside aluminum cans. When we got back after a couple of hours, Susie and I would decide what we wanted to do for the rest of the day. Sometimes we would just lay around and read. Sometimes Susie would play her keyboard, and/or I would work on my photos. I polished the trailer or washed the PU. Three times a week we would go to the Senior center or library to use their wifi or PCs. Usually these days would also involve grocery or other shopping. We went to the Palm Springs Art Museum twice and to 2 street fairs. One day we went to the Palm Springs Living Museum, a must for anyone visiting here! Another day we went to the Salton Sea. We went all the way down past Niland to the Sonny Bono bird refuge. On that same trip we went to Slab City and enjoyed seeing how people live in the desert free from most of society’s conventions. Another day we went down to the Painted Canyon. It’s been many, many years since I have been there. I wanted to see it again and show it to Susie. And most every night I/or we would end up in the park’s hot mineral pools. I would start in the 104 degree spa for about 10 minutes, then go into the 85 degree pool to cool down, then back into one of the hot pools, before cleaning up and going back to the trailer feeling like a limp “rag”.
And now we are on our way home. We have been on the road for 2 days and are presently at a most beautiful camping spot at Modesto Reservoir. There are over 100 full hook-up sites available and there are about 6 sites occupied. The lake is right behind us as we look out the back window. The fields are all green and there are lots of birds to watch. We are presently, snug-as-a-bug in our trailer having a restful evening. The weather forecasters are predicting another big storm coming in by this time tomorrow night. Guess we’ll know soon enough. More later……jc.
Sunday, February 27, 2011
The forecasters were right. Thursday, the 23rd, was calm and overcast, but the storm hit during that night. Strong winds shook the trailer and the rain came at us horizontally. By noon the next day (Friday) things had calmed down and we pulled out for Sacramento. And now we are at the same park we were in (Cal Expo RV Park) when we came down in November. It has been pleasantly warm here during the days, but cold and frosty at night. Our plans are to pull out tomorrow, Monday, for our final leg of the trip home to Olympia. But once again, the forecasters are predicting another couple of storms. Since we are still pulling a trailer and will be traveling over a some high passes, I want to be sure it’s not icy or snowy. So when we get home will be a surprise to all of us. Stay tuned….jc