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Desert Edge

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  • Day21

    Grand Canyon -> Joshua Tree

    September 26, 2017 in the United States

    Arizona liegt eine Stunde hinter Utah. Treffpunkt für unseren Helikopterflug war 09:35. Da der Handyempfang am Grand Canyon sehr schlecht war, aktualisierten sich unsere Handys bezüglich der Uhrzeit nicht richtig. Als wir um (richtigerweise) 08:30 auf dem Campingplatz von mehreren Leuten „09:30“ als Uhrzeit genannt bekamen, kamen wir kurzzeitig ins Schwitzen aber dann ging alles gut und um 10:15 hoben wir Richtung Grand Canyon ab. Der Rundflug war richtig gut, man bekam aus der Vogelperspektive ein noch besseres Verständnis vom Grand Canyon und seiner Umgebung. Und natürlich war das Gefühl mit einem Helikopter-dazu einem ziemlich kleinen- zu fliegen einfach grandios. Lukas machte auch super mit und wir waren sehr stolz auf unseren Nachwuchspiloten! Nach dem Flug begannen wir die heutige, sehr lange Fahrt bis nach Desert Springs nahe des Joshua Tree National Parks. Einen kurzen Abschnitt- von Seligman nach Kingman- fuhren wir über die Route66, ansonsten Interstate und modernere Straßen. Immer wieder haben wir über die riesigen Güterzüge mit hunderten Wagons und bis zu 8 Lokomotiven gestaunt, die neben uns herfuhren. Nach etwa 7 Stunden Fahrzeit haben wir groggy unseren Schlafplatz für heute erreicht- der Pool wird sicher morgen früh noch eingeweiht bevor es in den Joshua Tree und danach nach San Diego geht.Read more

  • Day151

    ... in Desert Hot Springs

    November 18, 2017 in the United States

    As I've said, I'm not very good at keeping up with my e-journal. It's been a few months since my last entry. Sorry.....but, it's time to get caught up. After leaving Lake Simtustis we headed to Silver Falls State Park to report for our volunteer duties. Once settled in we met our volunteer ranger who turned out to be an absolute wonderful surprise. Carlie had recently started as Silver Falls as the Host Coordinator Ranger earlier that spring. We simply love her! Our accommodations were a private camping loop reserved for the volunteer hosts and not in the camp ground along with "regular" campers :). Another wonderful surprised that turned out to be. Our duties included, for Chad; day use clean-up, wood working projects and anything else that popped up. For me, I was in the main lodge 2 days a week dispensing information, 2 days a week at trail heads and once a week working on a project re-creating the safety data sheets for the maintenance yard. We met some wonderful fellow volunteers and made new friends. Most we will see again next summer when we return to Silver Falls.

    We left Silver Falls the last week of September and headed for Junction City for some repairs and maintenance on the moho. After spending a week in their parking lot we were ready to move on. The nice thing is it gave us the time to make arrangements for the closing on Mom's house and the estate sale. From JC we went back to Lake Simtustis to meet up with Randy & Debbie Giltz, Dean & Lesa Tabert and Jim & Kathy Vilendre to celebrate Oktoberfest. What a wonderful time, we wish only that we could have spent more time with our friends.

    On to Portland for 3 days to go see doctors, dentists, vets, blah, blah, blah. What a crummy way to spend precious time. By mid-October we were on our way back to Springfield to spend a few days with mom before heading south for our current destination. As you can imagine it was hard to leave mom as I won't see here again until I fly home to spend her 98th birthday with her and the rest of my family in February.

    It took 4 days to travel to our current location here in the Palm Springs area, stopping in Grants Pass to spend an evening with my niece and her family.

    We've spent the past few weeks getting to know the Palm Springs/Palm Desert area as well as getting to know several folks here at the park, learning pickleball, bocce ball, playing cards, and Chad has plugged into the music community here. There is absolutely no excuse for boredom as there are activities galore. I want to try my hand at wood carving and some cornhole. I tried the water volleyball but at the risk of sounding pretentious it hardly resembled the volleyball I know and love. Oh well.

    That’s all for now, I hope everyone has a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving.
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  • Day15

    January 15-21

    January 21 in the United States

    Tuesday we had Chad & Leslie, Jim & Angie and Leslie's former coworker from Nike, Rebecca and her husband Tom, over for Randy's smoked baby back ribs... YUM! Wednesday was wine tasting; Thursday we met friends from Portland, Jessie and Betty, for lunch at Grill a Burger which was featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives http://grill-a-burger.com/phone/index.html ; Saturday we saw Laughing Bird's show... very entertaining http://www.laughingbirdmusic.com/;
    we ended the week enjoying great music at the weekly jam session.
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  • Day22

    January 22-28

    January 28 in the United States

    We enjoyed another great week here at Cat Spa. A blind wine tasting on Wednesday... I won second place🍷; my cousin Sally and her husband Dave came to visit on Thursday; stocked up on dates, produce and hats at the farmer's market and Street Fair on Saturday then had lunch at Sherman's http://shermansdeli.com/; Saturday night we were entertained by an Elvis impersonator (our first) who put on a wonderful show and did a great job of channeling Elvis. https://www.dannyvernon.com/; Sunday Dave treated us to an excellent breakfast at Wilma and Freida's https://www.wilmafrieda.com/ then we spent the afternoon listening to the weekly jam at Cat Spa.Read more

  • Day46

    February 19-21

    February 21 in the United States

    Windy and cold on Monday, cold continues Tuesday...of course everything's relative with lows in the low 40's, highs in the low 60's. Wine and pickleball under the lights Tuesday evening.
    Wednesday we traveled an hour southeast with Jim, Nancy, Marc and Patti to hike the ladders trail in the Mecca Hills Wilderness. Up and down ladders, through slot canyons and along plateaus to view fantastic rock formations and vistas of the mountains, canyons and Salton Sea. https://www.alltrails.com/explore/recording/track-feb-21-01-30-pm--3
    On the way home we stopped at the Oasis Date Gardens then lunch at TKB Bakery and Deli where we enjoyed one of the most delicious sandwiches ever. 😋 https://www.tkbbakery.com/
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  • Day333

    December 11-17

    December 16, 2017 in the United States

    Monday we went to the Grand Opening of the Coachella Winery... good wine and appetizers then dinner at Nicolino's with Jim and Angie. Thursday evening was spent Christmas shopping at the weekly Villagefest in downtown Palm Springs.
    Friday morning we competed in the weekly pickleball round robin... Randy tied for🥈place out of 12 players this week! Saturday night we enjoyed some music at the RV Resort with Chad and Leslie.Read more

  • Day335

    December 18

    December 18, 2017 in the United States

    We started out our week hiking into Magnesia Springs Canyon, five miles out and back scrambling up (and down) six dry falls. We saw big horn sheep, oases and fantastic rock formations. Thanks so much Mark, Patty, Nancy, Annette and Bill for including us!
    Monday evening we enjoyed the golf cart Christmas parade at Catalina then headed to Nicolino's with Chad, Leslie, Jim and Angie for pizza and wine.Read more

  • Day1

    January 1-7

    January 7 in the United States

    After spending ten wonderful days celebrating the holidays with family and friends we cruised south to SoCal, spending one night in Willows, CA. Near perfect traveling weather with some mild to moderate fog and haze otherwise clear, calm and of course Warmer! 🌞
    Check out Catalina's new website and see if you recognize anyone in the soaking pool and pickleball photos. 😊
    We continue to live the life of snowbirds...pickleball, soaking in the spa and enjoying time with friends. Friday we attended a campfire/sing-along. Sunday we had the best smoked brisket ever, prepared by Chad and Leslie.
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  • Day8

    January 8-14

    January 14 in the United States

    We continue to enjoy near perfect weather, except for the much needed rain on Monday and Tuesday. This week we went out for pizza with our pickleball group, test drove a motorhome with Chad and Leslie, hiked the Moon Country trail in the Coachella Valley Preserve, attended the FMCA rally in Indio, listened to good music at the Sunday Jam (Chad's on the left) and rounded out our week enjoying good food, drink and friends at Chad and Leslie's happy hour.Read more

  • Day29

    January 29-February 4

    February 4 in the United States

    A busy week here at Cat Spa. I rose early to watch the Super Blue Blood Moon on Wednesday. Randy and I competed and volunteered in our first sanctioned pickleball tournament held February 1-3. There were over 110 competitors as well as dozens of spectators and volunteers. Randy played men's, and I, women's doubles as well as teaming up for mixed doubles... we didn't place but it was a fun experience. Many thanks to our tournament director, Jim as well as Angie. Saturday was girls night out for Leslie and I... we danced our hearts out to Ghosts of Kelso. Sunday we were joined by Jim and Angie at Mario's where we watched the Superbowl. 🏈 Surprised my cousin Steve there, as it's his favorite hangout.Read more

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