Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Winding Up A Wonderful Time In The Desert For This Season

Our time in the desert is fast coming to a close for this season. We were happy to see  our entertainer friends, Freddie and Sheila Pelletier from Birch Hills, Saskatchewan perform at  Catalina Spa and again at Sky Valley RV Resort.

We have enjoyed snow covered mountain tops,

Warm spas and

swimming pool at Desert Pools RV Resort,
The company of new friends, watching movies, and learning new games. Thank you Lunetta and Delbert. Lunetta and I enjoyed working on some computer projects she had and Joe and Delbert enjoyed many hours of horseshoes. And I'm sure there will be a few more hours before we leave. They will be back here with us at CatSpa in a few days.

We took a ride through Joshua Tree National Park
 We started at the South Entrance  near Cottonwood Spring off 1-10 this time  instead Highway 62  West entrance (29 Palms Highway) This time we were able to enjoy the visitor center. Always before they were closed by the time we got there. It makes me happy when I can get my National Park Passport stamped.
I enjoyed a short walk through the Botanical Gardens behind the visitor center. It is so nice to have the lifetime National Park pass so we don't have to pay entrance fees.

The Occotillo's were in bloom and beautiful

The Cholla's were just about ready to bloom. I'm thinking another week.

There were motor homes and tents camped everywhere. All the campgrounds were posted Full.

This startled me. But it is a really long root still attached to the tree.

This is always a stop for us.

And this time while we were here we did a little hiking 

I love "seeing things or people" in the giant rocks. Like this one reminds me of a walrus.

Some of these makes me wonder how they have stayed there forever.
This is the famous Cap Rock

We took time out for a picnic lunch here

Another must stop for us is Keys View

Sunday we took a drive to Thousand Trails Wilderness Lakes RV Resort near Menifee, California. Joe was enjoying  the canal and the wildlife on the banks.

We were fortunate to  meet up with Our friends Roger and Nancy there. They were leaving the next morning.

After we left  Wilderness lakes, in the little berg of Winchester on highway 79, we found a great little burger place.Chris Burgers Joe said one of the best he's had in a long time. The restaurant was clean, service and food great. We for sure will visit this place next time we are in the area.

On the way home, we chose to take Highway 74 out of Helmet all the way back to Palm Springs. We ended our evening enjoying a Praise and Worship Service at Sky Valley RV Resort not very far from where we were.  It was a wonderful evening just full of all the gospel songs we new.  A couple sat down next to us, and after we introduced ourselves Joe discovered Bob and Marlene who live in Kaiser Oregon were retired  Evangelical pastors, pastoring Faith Church in Milwaukie years ago and knew many of Joe's relatives.  Small world isn't it. :)


  1. Sounds like you had a wonderful season down south. ice that you met new friends at the worship service. Maybe you'll run into them again when you get home. Wishing you a safe journey home. Stop by if you have time.

  2. Aren't we so blessed to live this lifestyle. You two have had a super exciting winter. So many things to do, places to go and people to meet.

  3. It has been a wonderful winter hasn't it. Sure glad we got to spend a few moments of it with you guys.

  4. Glad to see you both enjoying this winter in the warmth of the south.
    When you said about being in the Keys I had to look twice. It surely didn't look like the view out our window.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

  5. Know you had a wonderful winter and so glad that we were able to spend some time with you guys as well. Travel safe on your journey north.

  6. You sure hooked up with a lot of friends this winter. Safe travels to Oregon!

  7. It looks like you've had a wonderful time there in the desert. You are both looking healthy and happy. I love the pictures of you.

  8. We loved our trip through the Joshua NP. Been there twice now.