Wait, where did January go??
Trip Start Mar 04, 2005
253Trip End Dec 31, 2014
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We spent the first twelve days of January at the Thousand Trails park in Palm Desert. My folks 'snowbird' here so we managed to spend some time with them - including New Years eve. It was a wonderful evening filled with laughter and memories that will stay with me until I am no longer around!
From the Thousand Trails park we moved over to Lake Cahuilla County Park in La Quinta. Over the course of our four day stay there we were joined by our 'traveling' friends Larry & Sue Anderson, Linda & Scott Trudeau and Doug & Vicki Bell . We hosted a 'used to work at LPD' bbq and were joined by friends Doug & Keri Trimble, Bob & Linda Tette and Tim Anderson & Paul Schlager. It was quite the get together let me tell you and we hope to do it again!
We traveled from La Quinta along with our three 'traveling' friends and headed to Quartzsite! Yes, it is a yearly migration of types for us. We've been four of the last five years and already have plans in place to go next year! We arrived at our usual resting place and were joined by Jack & Debby Stewart, Bob & Gizelle Springer ( on their "maiden voyage" in a new fifth wheel ) and Henk & Betsy Zoon. On our first night we pot lucked an Alaskan memories dinner which included halibut tacos and clam chowder with the main ingredients coming from food our fellows caught in Ninilchik!
Oh, I failed to mention that our little Sair "compound", as we came to be called, was just a small part of the Beaver Ambassador Club's annual Quartzsite rally. Our seven RV's were part of a much larger - 89 RV's in total - rally. And, the BAC's 89 was only a drop in the bucket of the thousands of RV's that flock to the desert every winter.
We had a great six days in Quartzsite. The weather cooperated, we got some 'house' projects done, did some shopping, played desert baseball and had nightly social hours, group dinners and campfires!
From Quartzsite, three of us traveled down to Yuma. This is also a yearly pattern for us, as most of you know. We managed to get some new foam for my couch cushions - my feet now dangle!. We also worked on a few more projects, got the coach & truck washed and waxed and had some body damange repaired on a couple of the coach bay doors. The Andersons & Bells, who joined us for the week in Yuma, also got their coaches washed, waxed, repaired and serviced.
Yuma wasn't all work and no play however. We managed to get in some pool time, sightseeing and a buffet dinner out at the local casino with five other BAC couples. All and all a successful week.
From Yuma we said good bye to our traveling companions and headed out to Mesa. We stayed at one of my all time favorite parks, Usery Mountain. No pool. No spa. No clubhouse. Not even sewer hookups at the sites. BUT, the sites are large, the scenery is stunning and you feel like you are totally removed from the traffic and hustle & bustle of Mesa and the Valley of the Sun. In reality, you are only about 8 miles from the freeway and less than 4 to all the major services you could need!