How do you take a “vacation” when you live in your recreational vehicle? Yesterday we drove to Palm Springs, CA in our Jeep, leaving Liberty behind overnight.
We went to Palm Springs/Desert Hot Springs to meet LeRoy’s cousin Beverly Ward and her fiance’ Brian Reeve. Beverly is from Juneau, AK and we hadn’t seen her since 1998. She and Brian are spending most of the winter in California while she is in therapy following total knee replacement.
There’s a lot to see and do around Palm Springs. They took us to see a naturally occurring oasis in the desert, along with the palm-log cabin built there. There are a number of hiking trails there, but since our time was limited, we didn’t take them. We found it interesting that one of the landmarks on the maps was Willis Palms, which burned sometime ago.
We also enjoyed a wonderful aviation museum. Most of the planes there are World War II and Korean War vintage craft in flying condition and the docents were very knowledgeable. They have a passion to share stories of the men and machines of the defense effort.
Before dinner, we drove through downtown Palm Springs. No celebrity sightings this time, though! After a good Mexican meal, we went back to Caliente Springs RV Resort for an entertaining evening by Rod Ericksson, yodeler and country-western musician. One of the surprises of that performance came when he asked how many Canadians were in the audience and more than half of those in attendance raised their hands! We’ve noticed a high ratio of Canadian tags here in Quartzsite, too, but hadn’t stopped to think just how many desperate Cannucks there are who are trying to escape winter!
We spent the night at the Desert Hot Springs Resort and enjoyed the warm mineral waters in one of the smaller pools below our balcony before bedtime. Since we ate a late breakfast with Beverly and Brian before leaving for Quartzsite again, we didn’t take advantage of any of the other spa services the resort offered. Maybe another time.