Touring Around

Trip Start Sep 17, 2010
Trip End Apr 16, 2011

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Bashford's RV Resort

Flag of United States  , California
Friday, November 19, 2010

We have been at Bashford's Hot Mineral Spa RV Resort for 5 days now. In the desert, at the base of the Chocolate Mountains. The temps have been ranging between 80-85. Awesome!! We plan on extending our stay until Nov. 23 and then head for San Diego. Who would have thought we would have been so busy here. There’s no shopping  here,  just a really nice RV park and lots of very friendly ,make you feel at home folks.  Lots of Canadians.  It really is a small community. There’s about 150 sites here, a lot of them park models. Down the road is another one with about 700 sites and there’s also a KOA. Everyone here drives around and visits on their golf carts. Lots of activities to do, you could be busy every day if you stayed here for the winter.  I went quilting on Tuesday.  Nice to meet other ladies who have the same obsession as me. Grace and Chuck have been great tour guides. Went for a day into Indio, for some shopping, groceries and wine and toured along the way.  One tour being a date farm.  Kinda neat to see dates growing on the trees. Gord bought some dates and had a date shake.

Gord and Chuck did a trip to Mexico on Tuesday. It’s a two hour drive away. Grace gets her meds there for cheap. The boys had a spa day. Pedicure and massage. Theyspent the rest of the day bartering with the Mexicans on the few things they bought. Had lunch in a nice outdoor restaurant and saw senioritas dancing girls and sipped a couple of beer. A good day!!!

Yesterday we drove to Niland and saw Salvation Mountain. Amazing when you see the photos. This "painted" mountain has been a work in progress for 30 years. Has been written about in National Geographic, Rilpey’s Believe It Or Not and on the Discovery Channel. Leonard Knight has been working on it all that time. Built out of sand dunes, old tires, bales of hay, trees and whatever else he can salvage. All painted with different scenes. It’s truly amazing and in the middle of the desert. We met him and he’s an elderly fellow now. And just past that was “Slab City”. People dry camping/living on the slabs from WW2. A community in itself.  American tank brigade (General Patton) did desert training here. Also saw mud bubbling out of the earth, “mud pots”. They are located on the San Andreas fault line. This area is very geo-thermal active, with hot springs, water bubbling in different areas of the desert. People from Slab City bathe in some of these pools. We came across some skinny dippers on one of our geo-cache hunts!! Geo thermal energy is a big thing here with huge geothermal electricity producing plants all over the desert.

The coyotes are very talkative at night time. I’m sure they weren’t very far away from the MH last night!!! Koal had a sniffy good time going out for her morning pee. Some cactus’s are starting to bloom. That’s one thing on my bucket list, to see the desert in bloom

The US Arial Gunnery range is right next door too. Lots of planes flying overhead. Gord loves that, keeps his neck busy trying to get a good view!! Also border patrol keeping watch by helicopter and road. Last night two helicopters flew overhead and were so low the MH shook. Kinda spooky.

And the Salton Sea, what a disaster in the past (early 1900’s), tried to repair it and disaster again. If you get a chance, try and google it. It’s an amazing story. The sea is 240 feet below sea level. The towns along the edge are almost ghost towns due to the flooding that has happened in the past. Tons of wildlife and there’s the Sony Bono (from Sony & Cher) Wildlife Preserve. So they are trying to bring the area back and protect the wildlife. We are actually quite taken by the area.

We have done some geo-caching and found some very interesting  places. Before we leave, we want to do more and go around the whole lake and see what the other side is like. It takes about 2 hours to drive around it so we are told.

Gotta love HaPpY hours. They start around 4 as it’s usually dark by just after 5. Once the desert sun goes down, beautiful sunsets by the way, it gets cool and dark.
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