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  • 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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  • Day45

    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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  • Day42

    February 12-18

    February 18 in the United States

    On Monday we took a road trip with Jim and Angie to the Grocery Outlet in Hemet. We stocked up on wine, as well as other essentials such as Juanita's tortilla chips (made in Hood River, OR) which are rare in these parts. We also stopped at the Cabazon Outlet Mall.
    Tuesday Leslie and Chad hosted happy hour before we headed to the pickleball courts for a couple of hours of play under the lights, wine, more snacks and a campfire.
    Wednesday we met our neighbors from Boring, Ken and Patsy, for lunch at Eureka! in Indian Wells... good food and good friends.
    Friday we competed in the weekly round robin. This week was our Pickleball Olympics followed by a potluck, burgers and sausages
    Saturday we hiked the Whitewater Preserve with Jim and Angie. http://www.wildlandsconservancy.org/preserve_whitewater.html
    Another great week of fun under the sun! 🌞
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  • Day52

    February 22-28

    February 28 in the United States

    We had a cool and breezy but fantastic final week at Cat Spa. Thursday we helped Dennis celebrate his birthday. Friday was crazy sock day for our weekly pickleball round robin. We didn't win craziest socks but Randy had the highest overall score with 9 out of 9 wins!🏆
    Saturday dinner, music and dancing. Monday we hosted happy hour. Tuesday we had lunch at Frankinbun, a restaurant featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.🌭 I had the chicken and waffle, Randy a chili dog. Both were good but a bit overpriced. Loved the wallpaper! http://www.frankinbun.com/
    Wednesday we enjoyed good food, drink and company at our farewell potluck. Thank you Angie, Jim, Barbara, Pete, Donna, Rick, Marc, Patti, Jim, Nancy, Chad and Leslie.
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  • Day27

    February 1-14

    February 14, 2017 in the United States

    Desert Hot Springs continues to bless us with sunny skies and warm weather. Cousin Steve and Karlene joined us one evening for dinner. Spent one Saturday morning wandering the College of the Desert Street Fair, a huge outdoor market. We met Steve and Karlene at one of their favorite hangouts, Mario's, for Superbowl Sunday... good drinks, good food, good company. We had a bocci ball tournament and happy hour with old friends from Oregon and new SoCal friends from the resort. We've been playing pickleball several times a week and even participated in a Valentine's Day tournament... no big winners here but lots of fun and good food.Read more

  • Day14

    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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  • Day21

    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

  • Day0

    Southbound

    January 18, 2017 in the United States

    We spent January 1st in McMinnville with our friends Leslie & Chad, Lesa & Dean...a wonderful way to kick off 2017.

    The next two weeks was spent in Coburg, Oregon for biannual motorhome maintenance and repair. As always we met new friends at "Camp Monaco". We also survived snow, freezing rain and 16° temperatures.

    Thankfully the completion of repairs and maintenance coincided with a window of clear weather so over the Siskiyous we traveled. Our first night was spent in Corning, CA at Rolling Hills Casino RV Park. The next morning we stopped at the Olive Pit before hitting the road and heading to Harris Ranch Inn in Coalinga, CA. We enjoyed a martini with the olives purchased that morning🍸
    Today we finally arrived at Catalina RV Resort in Desert Hot Springs, CA... so wonderful to be in weather warmer than 30°🌴☀️😎
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  • Day13

    January 18-31

    January 31, 2017 in the United States

    Our first week at Desert Hot Springs was exciting with cool weather, wind and flood advisories....we're not complaining because it sure beats the snow, ice and subfreezing temperatures we left in Oregon. We had lunch with Mary and Jim who we met at "Camp Monaco" and hope to catch up with again during our travels. Week two weather has been perfect! 😎 We've been spending our days RELAXING, playing pickleball, bike riding, taking walks around the park, getting local produce and goods at the Farmers Market and enjoying the desert scenery.Read more

  • Day38

    February 15-25

    February 25, 2017 in the United States

    Play dates at the dog park and beautiful sunsets continue to be the norm. We drove down to Indio and had a nice visit with our friends Kathy and Jim on the 21st. Good buddies Phil and Dee dropped by for a two night stay on their way home from taking delivery of their new motorcoach (Chehalis, WA to Gallup, NM). Thursday we all met up with Steve and Karlene at Villagefest http://villagefest.org/
    for dinner, shopping and people watching. Friday we played some pickleball and had a date shake with Phil and Dee.
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