Two Weeks Amongst The Palms – Desert Hot Springs, CA
As hard as it is to believe it’s been more than two weeks since we arrived in Desert Hot Springs. Even harder to believe that this is the 5th year in a row that we’ve been at this exact spot. Are we becoming predictable or what?!
Sometimes, even when you RV fulltime and live an ultra-mobile lifestyle you fall into certain routines. It’s a very human thing to do and there’s really nothing wrong with it. Every RVer has regular life-stuff they need to get done at one time or another (as I always say fulltime RVing is not a vacation, but a lifestyle) and there’s a comfort that comes with doing these things in a place you know.
When you return to the same place year after year you know where all the hikes are, where to score the best margaritas, where to buy the freshest veggies, where to snag the best RV site etc. Plus if you do any regular medical checkups you can create a network of doctors who see you every year. And of course if you’ve got family in a particular area there’s a “call” to come back, at least on a semi-regular basis. Many RVers, even the most adventurous ones do this to some extent.
But it does make for rather weak blogging material. You can only write about the same things in the same area so many times. I mean how many wardrobe malfunctions can you really have in the same place? Or how many times can you change those black tank valves? Some stories are only great for the one telling.
So, we’ve been hanging and vegging and jello-blobbing in the hot pools and generally staying VERY busy doing much at all. In the short two weeks we’ve been here Paul has been back to Miami to see his mother, the cats have had their yearly checkups and dentals (always a bit stressful, but it’s done now), we’ve ordered our yearly blood-tests online and the CR-V will get seen to for an oil-change and 6-mo checkup right before we go. All regular stuff that needs to get done and is easy to check off the list in a big(ish) city.
But even with all this mundane activity there have been a few developments worthy of a blog. So, here’s what else we’ve been up to…
Reconnecting With Friends
One of the many things we look forward to at Sam’s is reconnecting with friends.
Almost without fail at least one or two (or three or ten) of our good RV buddies will pass thro’ this hot spot every single year and given its fabulous location and near-ideal winter weather, it’s the perfect place to explore and catch up on a happy hour drink (or two).
This year we caught up with Sue & Dave (plus Sasha and Lewis) as well as Pam & John who spent the fall caravaning together down 395 (yes, I’ve had a few twinges of jealousy) and decided to spend a few weeks washing off the dust in the hot pools at Sam’s. We first met both these couples several years ago and, like many of the RV folks we’ve met, we’ve re-connected several times since then.
Sue & Dave are complete doggie-nutters (like us) and Lewis was Polly’s very first real doggie boyfriend which means lots of happy paws and doggie kisses whenever we see them. Plus Sue makes the meanest Gin & Tonic this side of the Atlantic, so it’s always a good time when we connect. Pam and John are a lovely rock-hiking-jeep-driving-Starbucks-chugging couple and always up for anything involving the outdoors, so they mesh perfectly with our active ways.
While we were together we managed several happy hours, a good meal and a great hike at one of my fav dog-friendly spots, Whitewater Preserve. The only thing we missed? I was having so much fun I forgot to take any pics of us together, so you’ll just have to mosey on over to their blogs for the low-down.
Hunting Down Margaritas & Food
One of the advantages of being in an area we know is that hunting down the best nosh is a breeze.
On the margarita side the strongest in the city is probably Blue Coyote, but the best all-round experience IMHO (head-thumping margaritas and good food) is undoubtedly El Mirasol. Go to the original location on E. Palm Canyon Drive, spring for the Cadillac margarita and, for something special, pair it with a Pollo en Pipián (pumpkin seed) or a classic Chili Verde. Yummy!
Other favorite nosh-spots for us are Gyoro Gyoro Izakaya (Japanese spot with tasty ramen, sushi and a great sake menu), and Pho 533 (very decent Vietnamese Pho). Plus, at least once or twice while we’re here we’ll hit street food at the weekly Thursday night Street Fest (6-10PM) in downtown Palm Springs. There’s an awesome selection and you’ll also get live music, street vendors, art and all the peeps-watching you could want. Extra bonus? The street-fest is dog-friendly.
We eat very well when we are here.
Repairs & Fixes
Yet another great thing with being in one place for a while is the ability to receive endless Amazon packages and make repairs. So, while we’ve been here we’ve taken advantage of this by re-doing our stair covers (our original Ruggids Step Covers lasted 5 years, so we ordered the same again), buying new Atwood Grates for our stovetop (these seem to die every few years) and picking up a handy 12-pack of Dicor Self Leveling Caulk and a decent quality Caulking Gun to re-seal some of our roof items.
For the latter Paul and his dad actually decided to go all-out by removing all the old caulk, thoroughly cleaning the surface and re-sealing from scratch. It doesn’t seem like much, but it’s actually quite a bit of work. Much of the old caulk was disintegrating, so doing this every 5 years or so is good preventative maintenance.
We’ve got more packed events for our last two weeks here including more repairs (might warrant a separate post), more friends and definitely a few more hikes. Plus it’s December which means a Christmas lists (whoo hoo!), end of year round-ups and other juicy stuff. Now, if I could just squeeze another 10 or so hours into the day to write it all……Santa?
- RV Park Review – Sam’s Family Spa, Desert Hot Springs, CA
- The Inner Magic Of The Desert
- The Wild Desert West, Sis & I – Hangin’ At Salton Sea, San Jacinto Mountain & Joshua Tree
- Spa, Spa, Spa….And RV Buddies! Desert Hot Springs, CA
- Last Few Days At Sam’s Spa – Desert Hot Springs, CA
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