Settling In Amongst The Palms – Desert Hot Springs, CA
Believe it or not we’re nearing the end of our time here in Sam’s Family Spa. As I mentioned in a previous post this is our 5th time visiting this particular private park, so it’s quite obviously a place we like. It’s become a handy stop-over point for us, a kind of yearly transition between our volunteer summers in the PNW and our boondocking winters in the desert. For a monthly rate of ~$540 plus elec. we get unlimited spa-time in superb hot pools as well as the chance to catch up on shopping, food & errands. It’s a bit of a splurge, but totally worth it and given how cost-efficient we’ve been with travel this year (we’ve spent under $10/night in park fees) it’s well within the budget.
And catch up on errands is mostly what we’ve been doing.
Over the past few weeks our cats have gotten their yearly dentals at Banfield Pet Hospital, we’ve serviced our Honda CRV, we’ve been getting all kinds of online shopping completed, we’ve stocked up at Costco, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, we’ve signed our new health plan (reminder folks -> if you need ACA health coverage starting 1/1/2015 you only have 4 more days to sign-up!) and we’re getting our yearly self-care blood-tests done. Sounds like regular boring old life, doesn’t it?? Yup, believe it or not RVing is not all travel and fly-by-the-wind bohemian hippy glee. Like regular folks we need to get practical stuff done and the way we do it is to “settle in” for a month or two somewhere and get it all completed at once.
For many fulltime RVers winter is the perfect time to do this.
There are only a few areas of the country that are warm in winter (southwest desert, southern TX and FL) so RVers tend to congregate in those spots and use the season to settle in, plan, prioritize and re-group for the rest of the year. Depending on where you go in winter (and what kind of planning nut you are) this might mean planning waaay ahead, or not at all. FL is super-popular in winter and prime spots often get booked out a year in advance. The southwest desert is wide open, especially if you prefer boondocking so when we stay here we don’t plan at all. Can you guess which one we prefer?
It’s all part of the yearly RV planning process that I’ve written about in detail before. Sometime in the next month I’ll do a wrap-up post of our 2014 travel year, and map out our own 2015 plans to share on the blog too.
Our other priority here has been eating & hanging with fellow RVers Technomadia with whom we’ve been caravanning for…well…months now. We’ve been out for Mexican & Indian, enjoyed numerous happy hours & spa trips, gone to the movies, and hit the annual Tamale Festival (fabulous, by the way). Plus we’ve had a few other RVers (including Mali Mish & Kerri) pass through while we’ve been here. And get this, we’re still enjoying each others company!
The whole idea of caravanning with other RVers is something we never considered before we started RVing, and to be honest we’ve never sought it out. There are plenty of “managed” rallies & caravans out there, especially through established groups such as Escapees or FMCA or WINs. If you like that kind of thing, or you’re a solo traveler seeking the company they are perfect ways to connect, but we’re more “fly solo” types. So, the caravans we’ve done have all been spontaneous and very casual. It’s a curious thing, much like nomadic tribes who form loose families on the road. At some point I’ll write a post about how to caravan with friends without driving each other nuts (well, assuming we’re not nuts by then), ‘coz it’s a fascinating little topic and can be ALOT of fun if approached with the right attitude.
So, that’s it folks. A bunch of practical and un-blog-worthy stuff inter-dispersed with some good, casual relaxing. Sometimes RV life goes that way too. I’ve written a ton about this area in previous posts so I won’t be writing too much about the area before we leave. For new readers and those interested, I’ll point you back to stuff I’ve written previously:
Fun Outings Around Desert Hot Springs:
- The Wild Desert West, Sis & I – Hangin’ At Salton Sea, San Jacinto Mountain & Joshua Tree
- Visit Palm Springs -> Click official site HERE
- Visit Desert Hot Springs -> Click official site HERE
Hiking Around Desert Hot Springs:
- The Wonderfully Crazy Desert
- A Few More Dog-Friendly Hikes – Desert Hot Springs, CA
- Top O-The World At Flag Mountain – Desert Hot Springs, CA
We’re headed out early next week to a rather more remote (and sadly, hot-spring lacking) spot to spend Christmas and New Year. I won’t reveal our destination yet, but I’m betting my well-spa’d RV butt it’s going to be good. See you there!
Other Related Posts:
- Planning RV Travels Part I -> 4 General “Rules” For Planning Where To Stay & When To Go
- Planning RV Travels Part II -> Selecting Pace, Map Routing & Campsites
- Planning RV Travels Part III – Maps, Resources & Links
- 5 Tips For RVing & Camping With Cats
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