Trip Start Jan 08, 2006
Trip End Dec 31, 2006

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Beat Hotel at Desert Hot Springs

Flag of United States  , Arizona
Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Well, our last week in California as Californians went quickly, but was certainly enjoyable. After three days at our Thousand Trails RV Park in Indio, we "moved house" (see picture #1)(to borrow a phrase from my Irish friends!) up the road to Desert Hot Springs-Desert Pools Resort (picture #2).
The resort was aptly named, as it featured three jacuzzi hot tubs at different temperatures (98, 100, and 104 degrees F.)which were fed by natural hot springs. They were very warm, relaxing, and didn't smell all sulphur-y like the ones at Glen Ivy Hot Springs! We used them almost every day we were there, along with the swimming pool, which was also hot-spring fed.
On Thursday last week we drove the car back to the "old neighborhood" where we did some shopping, picked up some mail, had lunch with friends, Rose went to the dentist, and then we saw Kenny Rogers in Concert at San Manuel Indian Casino. That man sure can sing, every bit as well as he has "Through the Years"! It was a great concert!
Friday evening lasted into the "wee hours", as we enjoyed dinner with friends Chris and Mike at their home, and played a couple of games afterwards. Once again, it was difficult to say "good bye, we'll see you next December!"
Overnight during the weekend, it became clear to us why the Palm Springs area is known for the many fields of windmills (picture #3) that dot the area. We experienced winds that must have been in excess of 60 mph, and the motorhome rocked, the awnings flapped (and one even rolled itself up, luckily without any damage!). One of us tossed and turned, awake most of the night, while the other muttered something about "quit worrying and go back to sleep." The car and the motorhome were covered with a thick layer of sand the next day, but again, no damage done...just an extra cleanup job required!
I know that many folks dislike the site of the windmills on the landscape, but I find them fascinating...(see picture #4) dramatic outdoor sculpture, awaiting a modern-day Don Quixote to fight his way through the metal forest.
So here we are, on the road,(picture #5)leaving California...our last glimpse of California as our home - and looking ahead to Arizona and the many GPS waypoints (and adventures) beyond. See You Down the Road!
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