We have been at the Indian Waters RV Resort for over a week now and have been enjoying our stay. The typical day starts out by getting up at around 6am, having a little coffee and computer time followed by an hour or so at the gym on the stationary bike and elliptical. Then a walk around the park and home for breakfast and a shower. And by that time Diane is usually ready for whatever plans we have for the rest of the day, IF ANY LOL!!
The area has had a couple, what they consider, bad weather days with overcast skies and a few showers early last week. In the area we are we only saw a few sprinkles but just down the road a few miles in Palm Springs they received a bit more moisture that caused havoc with flooding that even caused road closures. It’s just crazy for Oregonians like us to imagine how so little rainfall can cause so much trouble, but it does.
Even the “bad days” seemed pretty good to us with only a sprinkle of rain over night where we are and overcast skies during the day with temps around 70. No complaints from us. The rest of the time the temps have been upper 70’s to middle 80’s. Is it really December!!??
Let’s see, what are the highlights of our stay so far without getting to wordy?
We really enjoyed the open air market we attended by the college in Palm Springs a few weeks ago and we happened across a brochure telling of another market held by the Spa Resort Casino so it was a no brainer to give it a go as well.
So planning for another big market we jumped in the Jeep early and headed out figuring we would be at the market for at least a few hours like we were at the last market. But to our surprise this market was no comparison to the one held by the college and only took us probably an hour to go through. Sort of a letdown but hey, we saw it LOL!!
Once back in the Jeep and with no other real plans for the day we decided to hit a couple of the top notch RV Resorts in the area we have heard and read so much about. We ended up touring 3 different resorts, The Outdoor Resorts Palm Springs = link http://www.outdoorresortpalmsprings.com/ , The Outdoor Resorts Indio = link http://orindio.com/ and the Motor Coach Country Club of Indio = link http://www.motorcoachcountryclub.com/.
Now you can’t just drive in and look around at any of these places, you need to make contact with the office and they will take you on a guided tour in a golf cart. All three were very nice and the Motor Coach Country Club was simply over the top with amenities and unfortunately a price tag that goes along with them LOL!!
Diane and I have said from the beginning of our fulltime life style that after a period of time, whether it be 3 years, 4 years 10 years, we will probably want to find a spot or 2 that we can sit for maybe 1 or 2 months during the winter instead of moving from spot to spot every week or two so we always keep our eyes open. And we have certain criteria’s that a park needs to meet in order for us to WANT to stay put in it for any length of time. For now we will keep searching but we did enjoy taking a look.
And we had a visit from our friends Donna and Allen. We meet them at a RV-Dreams rally in Oregon Sept. of 2012. We have kept in touch though our blogs and face book since then so it was really fun catching up face to face again. Their blog is RVing with the Fergs, and here is a link to it. http://fergizmo.blogspot.com/?wref=bif
Another fun thing was the International Tamale Festival. The festival first started in 1992 and has been going strong each year since. It’s held during the 1st week of December each year. So keep it in mind if you are planning to be in the area around that time.
In fact recently, the Food Network-TV ranked the Indio International Tamale Festival in the top 10 “All-American Food Festivals” in the nation! So of course we had to attend.
It was only 1 ½ miles from the RV Park we are staying at so we decided to just walk to it rather than fight parking. Surprisingly as we were just about to the festival we saw Donna and Allen pull up in their truck, they were also going to check out the festival so we all wandered around together for a while. That was another pleasant and welcome surprise.
The festival is only a 2 day event and one year they had 120,000 attendees. I don’t know how many people attended this year but it was going strong on Sunday when we went.
Mexican food is down the list a ways on my favorite food list but it’s at the top of Diane’s. But this wasn’t really about the food to me, it was about checking out the event.
One day we decided to jump in the Jeep and take a 50 mile drive to the Jojoba Hills Escape Park in Aguanga just outside of Temecula. We have heard so much about the park that we secured a spot there right after we leave the spot we are in now. And while doing our normal check of map-quest on just how to get there I couldn’t get over the vey squiggly line it was showing as the road it wanted us to take so we figured what the heck, let’s take a nice road trip and scope out the road and the RV park, and we are glad we did!!
The drive over and back was scenic but let me just put it this way, if any of you motorcycle riders are in the area and feel like scrapping some floorboards on some twisties you need to take this route. In fact at the start of the route there was a sign that recommended nothing over 30’ and I would agree. Oh the route is 74 out of Desert Palms to 371. It’s the 74 part that is the very winding with numerous switchbacks.
Anyway we had a nice drive and took in some nice views from a few lookouts and we had a chance to drive through the Jojoba RV Park as well as take a guided tour of another park just down the road from it called Rancho California. Again looking for that perfect place we may want to sit still in some winter for a month or two.
Some fellow full-timers, Dave & Maxine, who we meet while boondocking during a RV-Dreams Boondocking Rally in Quartzsite Arizona Feb. 2013 own a lot in Jojoba Hills so even though we felt a little bad doing so un-announced we stopped and knocked on their door to at least say hello. But they were not home. We were almost relived because I hate popping in without calling first. I know we will see them during our stay next week.
It wasn’t a very clear day but maybe you can make out the pictures I took from one viewpoint of the road. (Larry, if you are reading this, the road is made with you in mind LOL!!)
The RV park we are at has a toy and clothing drive going in order to gather presents for some of the less fortunate in the area so it gave us a great excuse to hit some of the shops in the area. Don’t ask me why we needed to hit numerous shops when we knew we wanted to buy a couple footballs to donate but we did LOL!!
Well I’ve said before that we don’t always spend our times in places like this and I know for a fact that pretty soon we will be parked dry camping in the middle of the desert for weeks, so we may as well spoil ourselves a bit now because there won’t be any spoiling going on here soon LOL. Besides, the drive is a great thing the park is doing and we wanted to participate.
Let’s see, what else,,, Oh yes we got our new tire and wheel covers for the new rig. With the price of replacement tires being over $600 each and the importance of good tires for safety reasons it just makes sense to protect them the best you can. And with the UV rays from the sun being one of the things that are hard on tires and that we can help control,, we do. Plus they just look good!!
We had the same type of covers on our last motorhome so we knew we wanted to do the same thing again and after a little research we came across a local vender called Solbrella Cover Designs that comes to your RV site and custom makes the covers right there and installs them.
Steve, the owner of the company, was very professional and obviously takes pride in his work and did a great job on our covers. They offer other things for RV’s like window and mirror covers and also do a variety of things for residential customers as well. They did a great job for us, well enough that we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them if you are in the market for window or wheel covers. (We are not paid advertisers for them even though it almost sounds like it LOL. But we like to pass on information about companies that do good work) Here is a link to Solbrella in case you are interested. http://solbrelladesigns.biz/solar-shades/rv-sunscreens.html
With our front windshield Magna-Shade installed and our new tire covers in place we feel pretty good about the added protection we have added to our coach.
Oh, and we jumped on the Keurig band wagon. Diane and I drink 2 different coffees so we always make 2 separate partial pots of coffee each day. I’m the early riser so it’s never much of an issue as far as who is going to get there coffee first however the problem comes because Diane says she can taste my coffee residue in her coffee unless she does a thorough cleaning each day. Sort of the “your chocolate in my peanut butter thing” except she doesn’t like it.
We have dealt with this since we have been on the road and I basically became immune to hearing the comments most mornings UNTIL she started talking about having TWO coffee pots. We live in a RV with limited space, what the heck would we do with TWO coffee pots I ask!!??
I tuned out the two coffee pot thing as long as I could until one day while walking through a store she basically had one under her arm and headed towards the checkouts LOL!!! At that point we decided to talk through all of our options and decided a Keurig might be the best solution even though we both know it will be a bit more expensive in the long run. But it might be fun at the same time.
So we are the proud owners of a new K-45 Elite and an assortment of K-pods to experiment with, wish us luck LOL!!
I think we have touched on the key things we have been doing. But rest assured that there have been a number of pool games,
And evenings in the hot tub,
And a few good meals while out and about,
Football games under the stars,
And some just plain relaxing mixed in as well.
We still have 3 more days here at Indian Waters before we move on.