It’s been a while since our last update so let us begin by wishing you all a belated MERRY CHRISMAS!!!! And a HAPPY NEW YEARS!!!!
We enjoyed our 28 day stay at Jojoba, just like we figured we would. Our routine stayed pretty constant with what we wrote in our last update. I went to the RC airfield almost every morning by 8am and flew until 10 o’clock or until the morning wind picked up, then I would head home and Diane and I would head to the gym for our workout every other day. That put us well into the afternoon most days. There is a great group of guys that gather at the fly field most mornings and I really enjoyed spending time there.
We found numerous things to keep us occupied during our stay, Diane enjoyed playing Hand & Foot at the clubhouse a couple nights a week and I would head to the billiards room with our friend Dave and play pool for about 3 hours while the ladies played cards. And Diane got involved with a new card game called Yuker that she played a couple times during the evening at the clubhouse as well. I’m not much of a game player so another nice thing about a park like this is it gives Diane a chance to play games with others and gets me off the hook LOL.
We also attended a few Ice-Cream Socials that they have 3 times a week, it cost $1 for an ice-cream float and you mill around and visit with people. There is always a good turnout of around 100 people I would guess. And we took numerous bike rides to wear off the calories picked up at the ice-cream socials LOL!! One bad (or good depending on how you look at it) thing about the park is that it’s very hilly and bike riding really isn’t that enjoyable (not so bad for us with the e-bikes LOL!!). Of course on the other hand being so hilly provides some nice views from the RV sites and creates more privacy because RV’s look over other RV’s instead of at them in many cases. Bike riding is pretty far up my list of activities so it’s certainly something we need to consider when thinking about finding a spot to hunker down during the winters.
And Diane didn’t have any trouble finding books at the library. It’s one of the nicer libraries we have come across since being on the road. I would put it in the top 10 at least.
We also went into Temecula a couple times, Temecula is the closest town with really anything to offer (population 100,000). It has a nice Old Town area along with any shopping you could possibly need with most of the big players being present like Walmart, Home Depot, Costco and on & on, plenty of restaurants as well as a casino which we visited of course. And for the record we hear the hospital is pretty good as well.
It’s a 17 mile drive from the campground to Temecula and I feel like I’m jumping on a racetrack every time we make the drive. The speed limit is 55 and even though I normally run 60 to 65 we almost always end up with a few cars backing up behind us LOL!! I think I made mention in our updates from the last time we stayed in the area that California drivers are another ding for this location. It must be something in the water.
Speaking of Temecula, if you find yourself in the area over a weekend they have a pretty nice Saturday Market with lots of fresh veggies, fresh (pretty fresh) seafood, fresh baked goods (great bread!!) and some good eating. As well as plenty of crafts to look at.
Christmas Eve the park put on a free chili feed followed by a sing along event. It was well attended and the chili was pretty good to. We ate our chili and visited with friends but didn’t stick around for the sing along. (I just realized that we have been pretty poor at taking pictures lately).
Christmas Day after another morning at the air field we headed over to the Ranch House. The Ranch House is used for meetings by some of the groups in the park but is also available for park members to reserve for things like birthdays, holiday events or just whatever. Maxine and Dave reserved it from midnight in Christmas Eve though Christmas Day.
The Ranch House has a full kitchen and a nice living room area, well heck, it’s a house LOL!! Maxine and Dave went down at midnight and put a turkey in the oven and then Dave, Maxine, Terry & Rick and Diane and I congregated at 10. We shot the bull, well us guys mainly shot the bull while the ladies finished prepping our Christmas Dinner and then we had a feast at noon.
After our meal we sat around and played card games for a couple hours until we all waddled home about 6pm. A great time was had by all.
Between Christmas and New Year’s we pretty much went back to our regular routine other than spending a little more time inside because of the cold snap that came through. Cold enough at night that I had to start unhooking our outside filter and water softener and storing them in the basement over night to avoid freezing.
New Year’s Eve rolled around and I made my normal visit to the airfield even though it was pretty breezy and I only got 2 flights in. But I had no trouble hanging around until 10 anyway just shooting the bull with the other pilots. The funny thing was it was the largest group of guys I had seen at the airfield at one time and it was the windiest day LOL!!! In fact I was the only person to put a plane in the air, but I was the first one to the field and caught it before it got too windy.
We just chilled the remainder of the day until 5 when we headed over to the Freedom Hall for a New Year’s Prime Bib dinner followed by a live band. It was well attended and if I heard correctly there was 275 dinners served.
We hung around until about 9:30 and then headed home where we settled in front of the TV until the ball dropped and soon after so did our eyelids LOL!!
New Year’s Day I made my normal trip to the airfield but once again only got in 3 flights before being chased away by the wind and the remainder of the day was spent with walks and just chillin.
OK, we mentioned before that part of the reason we came to Jojoba was to see if this might be “The Spot” for us to hunker down on a regular basis for the winter months and I think we have decided that the answer is, not just yet.
If we simply made our decision based on the people the answer would be an easy yes, everyone is very friendly and welcoming. And even though we both agree that Jojoba is still very high on our list of places that MIGHT be the spot I think we will need to wait for some new blood to get involved in the decision making for the park and see if a few things change in order for us to feel 100% comfortable at Jojoba. Like most things I don’t think there really is a park that would be perfect for everyone.
The park has many many great things going for it, it’s out in the country so it’s quiet and dark at night, the people are very friendly, the sites are as large or larger than any campgrounds we have stayed at and they are arranged “mostly” in a manner that creates some great views and privacy, the monthly dues of $263 are very fare “to bad there is not a program like other parks to get back some of that in a rental pool”, having a small shed is a plus “to bad they can’t be just a little larger”, there are plenty of planned activities to keep you entertained (not all may be right down our alley but everyone is different), nice pool and hot tubs, the metal and wood working shops are a huge plus, RC airfields close by, and on and on. And it has a community feel if that happens to be something you are missing while living the RV life style.
This is probably a good place to supply a couple links to our review of Jojoba that we did after our first visit. They will offer more pictures and explain more about the park. No real reason to re-write everything again.
Ok, so apparently we like Jojoba so what’s stopping us from making this our “go to spot” for the winters? The biggest reason I would say is that we still have the upper east coast to explore and when we do that I’m sure we will spend the winter in Florida so we wouldn’t make the trek back to Jojoba to just spend the winter and we still want to explore the extreme southern tip of Texas and will probably spend the winter there while doing so and once again not make it back to Jojoba for the winter. And because Jojoba does not have a program in place to get money back from putting a site in the rental pool it makes no sense to just pay the monthly dues knowing we will have 2 winters of not being in the area.
And Jojoba does not fulfill that “eye candy” effect I have mentioned before. Everything is so monotone with the “Jojoba brown” paint on everything. Even though the pool area has a great view and is in perfect working order when I sit and relax I almost get the feel of sitting at an abandoned strip mall, it’s just blah to us. In the big scheme of things it’s just paint and should not really be that big of a deal.
One thing we love and hate about the park is all the hills. We love it because of the views and privacy it creates but hate it for walking and bike riding, and both are HUGE parts of our entertainment. I at times feel I’m not as active here at Jojoba because of the hills, I almost feel like I need to jump in the jeep in order to get to the clubhouse to participate instead of walking like we normally do. And I guess this is partly because the site we were in was at the lowest part of the park so EVERYTHING was uphill from there.
Lastly, part of being involved with a coop is having equal say in what goes on in the park but from what we have heard through scuttle-butt is that it’s not always the case and some things get passed without being voted on which causes some stress for some, hence the new blood comment we made earlier.
All in all I would say Jojoba is still #1 on our short list of places we could call home during the winter months. But we are just not ready. We can certainly see Jojoba being part of our future however.
That about wraps it up for our 28 day stay at Jojoba. We are paid up through the 3rd of January and planned to leave on the 4th but it seems a weather front will be coming though bringing winds and rain on the 4th so we are planning to leave 1 day early in hope of a drier and better travel day.
Our plan was to leave Jojoba and head to Quartzsite and go straight to a boon-docking area but because 5 of the first 7 days we will be in Quartzsite show rain we have decided to wimp out and booked a full hookup site at a RV park in town for a week, we will move out to boon-docking after that and probably hang around in the desert until early Feb.
I don’t know why part of this update ended up being underlined LOL!! I attempted to correct it but kept deleting sections and had to keep re-writing so I gave up. Computers baffle me most of the time, sorry.