Last Few Days At Sam’s Spa – Desert Hot Springs, CA
So I’m finally blogging on the new platform after the last weeks’ bruhaha with the transfer. Whoo hooo! Lots of you were kind enough to check in and let me know things were working for you (and a few things that weren’t) so I sure appreciate that! I’ve also added a “mobile” version of the blog so that should show up for those of you reading on mobile devices (see, how techy I am?!)
Which brings me back to blogging. We’re winding down to our last few days here at Sam’s Spa (boo hoo). Our plan is to head off into the boonies where I will unceremoniously dump Paul while I fly back to Europe for a family Christmas. Hubby will be stocked with water, propane and a full fridge (what else do you need, after all?), and just to make sure he doesn’t turn into a complete hermit while I’m gone, I’ve made sure he’s joining a New Year’s Eve party with a bunch of young & rockin’ Nü RVers in the desert. Sounds pretty good, eh?
But we’ve got about a week to go before I go and in that time we’ll drive away from our fancy full hookups and stake out a boondocking spot worthy of kings. It’s always a bit of a transition to go from hookups to boondocking, especially if you’ve spent a bit of time with the former. Suddenly you’ve got to think about water….and heat…and garbage. It’s these small things that keep most folks away from the boonies, especially if temps are forecasted to drop a bit (as they are these next weeks). But, what you get in return are the wide open views, the space and the gorgeous solitude. Plus, you just can’t beat free, right? I’m looking forward to ALOT of boondocking this winter. In fact it’s very possible these next months will become our longest stretch without hookups ever.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. This last week basking in the glory of hookups & hot springs has been pretty darn awesome. I got hubby back last week (always a bonus) and dragged him out for several cool hikes while the weather was good. We went back to Whitewater Preserve (just an awesome spot) and took a longer drive ~40 miles east to the Mecca Hills Wilderness Area. This latter area was a new one for us & turned out to be quite the find. It consists of narrow steep-walled canyons that wind their way through 26,243 acres of BLM land providing slot canyons, ridge hikes and 360-degree views from the Salton Sea to Mexico. There are tons of areas to boondock (it’s a bit sandy, so you just have to pick your spot carefully), plus there are masses of hikes and of course it’s entirely dog-friendly! We took a walk that went along the ridgeline to Sheep Hole Oasis and promptly got completely lost (very few signs out here), but still had a fine time. Definitely a spot that’s going onto our boondocking list for the future.
And of course we’ve been socializing (what else?). A few nights ago we headed downtown to meet Bill & Debby and guzzle some head-sized margaritas at Mirasol (I managed to get a pic of the latter, but totally forgot to take any pics of the former, duh) and we’ve been hanging with our two next-door neighbors, Mike&Molly and Joel&Rebecca, both of which are dog AND cat people (how cool is that??!). Plus, of course we’ve been soaking in the hot springs and becoming both better looking and more intelligent as a result (it’s a confirmed side-effect, you know…).
That’s about it from the spa-birds. Baring any unforeseen jello effects our next post will be from the boooooonies. See ya there!