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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Seems Like We Just Got Here

Rick Morgan

I can't believe it has been two weeks since we dropped levelers here at Sam’s Family Spa Hot Water Resort (and since our last blog post). And now we will be leaving tomorrow to drive our Honda Fit back to Colorado for the Holidays. Yes, we will be leaving our RV at Sam’s as we will be returning in early January. Our plan is to spend January at Sam’s and then spend February, March and April touring around Arizona. We will be doing some boondocking and dry camping, as well as, several planned stays at state and regional parks around Yuma, Tucson, and Phoenix.




We stayed at Sam’s last January and liked it enough to want to come back. Sam’s, even though it has the word “resort” in its name, is not fancy. It is a laid back and very casual environment – the word “funky” fits perfectly. What Sam’s does have is three hot mineral springs that fill three separate very relaxing spa pools, a swimming pool and a duck pond. Nina, from Wheeling It offers this “spot on” review.





One of the things we like about the Coachella Valley is that there is always something going on. For example, after a great brunch at the Daily Grill, we took in the Annual Golf Cart Parade in Palm Desert – Really! This year Barbara Sinatra was the Parade Marshal. 




VillageFest, which is an elaborate street fair, takes place every Thursday in Palm Springs. This year Halloween fell on a Thursday night – Perfect! After carving our own pumpkin, we headed down to Palm Canyon Drive and spent the evening with hundreds of ghosts, goblins and zombies.

The Palm Springs Art Museum is a wonderful “home town” art museum. We really enjoyed George Catlin’s American Buffalo exhibit, as well as, a special exhibit, Richard Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years.



On November 3rd we drove to LA and flew to Baltimore for a business event I was chairing at the Hotel Monaco. JoAnne was also able to visit with her cousin who is battling a very rare form of cancer. It was a short trip, and we flew back on November 6. 



When we got back to Sam’s we had a surprise! We found two new neighbors. Nina and Paul of Wheeling It and Chris and Cherie of Technomadia had moved into the neighborhood. Paul was in Florida when we met Nina last year. While we have been reading Technomadia’s blog for several years, up until now our paths had not crossed. Of course a “mashup” of sorts took place, complete with adult beverages, and to quote Cherie it was “Serendipity.” 



As a final note: We made it to Sherman’s a great deli and bakery, the Windmill Market for the very best Date Shakes, Morongo Casino for lunch, and Sam Cobb’s Date Farm to stock up on Medjool Dates. 


We are looking forward being in Colorado for the Holidays and catching up with our friends. However, we are going to St. Louis to spend Thanksgiving with our St. Louis family, and Christmas with our Colorado family.

More photos here.