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Monday, January 27, 2014

Faster Than a Speeding Bullet… January Has Flown By


We only have one more week here at Sam’s Family Spa and RV Resort. The past three weeks have flown by and have been filled with lots of good times. Our good friends from Colorado, Hal and Lois joined us here at Sam’s in early January. I mention this because when the 4 of us get together there is never a lack of fun and laughter. New friends, Jim and Celia also joined us for a couple of weeks – more about that later.

Hal and Lois at Salton Sea
Since arriving back in the Coachella Valley we have filled our days and nights with a variety of activity. Some of the highlights include: a day trip to explore the Saltan Sea, Salvation Mountain, and Slab City; 

Marina - Salton Sea
Salvation Mountain

Slab City from top of Salvation Mountain
dinner at Sherman’s Deli and Bakery (still our favorite) and our new find, All Star Burgers; seeing Terry Fator at Fantasy Springs Casino – he was fabulous; 

Marilyn at Village Fest
experiencing Village Fest in downtown Palm Springs on Thursday night;  a visit to the small but special Palm Springs Art Museum; a visit to 1000 Palms Preserve; 

lots of soaking in the natural hot water spas; two tailgating parties to watch the Broncos win over San Diego and New England; 

playing cards; sneaking in a couple rounds of golf; flying Hal’s quad radio controlled copter; a field trip to Quartzsite’s big show – on the way back we stopped at the General Patton museum which was an unexpected treat; 

'nuf said

Hal in the Big Tent at Quartzsite

JoAnne in the Tank

desert walks; just soaking in the sun and enjoying the great weather we have had all month - while most of the US has been experiencing lots of cold weather we have been treated to weeks of high 70s to high 80 degree temps.

One event I didn’t mention above was the FMCA rally in Indo. It was a miniature Quartzsite complete with vendor tent, food vendors, and RV dealers. I ended up getting some new microfiber cleaning stuff, a bottle of The Solution and a TST tire pressure monitoring system. Hal also got a tire monitoring system. But Jim and Celia really outdid us. They bought a new Allegro Open Road class A motorhome. They are new to RVing and had recently purchased a Itasca Class C which probably has only been on the road a twice. Anyway, after seeing our class As (Hal has a Winnebago 38 foot Sightseeker), they decided they wanted a class A. It is easy to forget how much you learn over time – but watching our friends take on the challenge of a new RV with all the unfamiliar systems, buttons, gadgets and gears was – OK, I will say it… entertaining.

Tonight we are going to meet up for dinner with fellow RVers and Blogger extraordinaire Rick and Paulette. On Wednesday, JoAnne is flying back to Denver for a couple of days to see daughter Jenny and granddaughter Danielle. Then it will be another tailgating party to watch the Bronco’s win the Super Bowl.

On Monday, February 3rd we will drive to Cibola National Wildlife Refuge to meet up with RVers and refuge volunteers Joe and Merlene who have invited us over for some grilled salmon. We will then spend a few days boondocking in the desert just outside of the refuge and then on to boondocking near Borrego Springs.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

We are back on the road... Sort of.


The holiday season has passed and we are back at Sam's Family RV Resort and Hot Water Spa. Boy...that went fast. It feels like we were just heading home to Colorado.

On November 15th, we left Sam's and drove our Honda Fit (tow car) home to Broomfield, CO. A week later we were on our way to St. Louis to spend Thanksgiving with our son Jeff, wife Maggie, and grandkids Addison and David. We had a great visit topped off by a Thanksgiving feast attended by 47 people! Yes, 47. Crazy? Perhaps, but what fun. Besides two huge turkeys and an amazing array of side dishes and desserts there was plenty of football, pool, video games and even mobile app Heads Up contests.

After returning to Colorado it was time to catch up on sleepovers with Grandkids Ella, Ryan and Caleb. The annual tradition of Gingerbread House decorating and cooking decorating continued.

Since we only spend a few months in our attached to the ground home we leave our Christmas tree up all year which makes decorating is pretty easy. Yet, JoAnne always comes up with special touches that transform our home and prepare it for Christmas.

Being on the road as much as we are means missing birthdays. To make up for that we had each of our Colorado families over for special birthday dinner celebrations. Not so bad - they get to blow out candles twice.

Next up was our traditional neighborhood progressive dinner. We hosted the appetizer course with special holiday cranberry margaritas (thanks Pinterest). It was great seeing so many friends and having a chance to catch up on all news (gossip)!

JoAnne and I have always celebrated Christmas with our family on Christmas Eve. This year dinner was our traditional Beef Tenderloin, Rum Pudding, Swedish Baked Potato, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Mandarin Orange salad and a Happy Birthday Jesus cake. After dinner we exchange gifts and the evening ends with the reading of "The Night before Christmas".

On Christmas Day the "kids" get to spend the day with their kids and JoAnne and I head out to the movies. This year we saw Saving Mr. Banks - loved it!

We have another special tradition for New Year's Eve. We almost always spend it alone. This year as in year's past we cooked up some lobster tails and opened up a good bottle of
Champaign. After dinner we pull out the 3X5 cards we completed last New Year's Eve that contain our "resolutions". We then burn those cards and discuss our plans and resolutions for the coming year. We didn't even consider staying up to ring in the New Year.

We will be at Sam's for all of January and will then head to Anza Borrego.