Last Sunsets, Tamales & Friends – Desert Hot Springs, CA
One day left and we’re outta here. Then, I’m off to Europe (brrrrrr!) for Christmas. I’ll be gone until the end of the year and I’m not sure if I’ll be blogging from there (to be determined), so the blog may or may not go dark for a while. Before I leave however, I did want to update y’all on our final time in Desert Hot Springs and give you a couple of nice desert sunsets to warm you up and take you through the next few agonizing potentially wheelingit blogless weeks (I know, I know, it’s tough, but as they say distance makes the heart grow fonder, right?).
Honestly not too much to report from our little winter hide-away by the hot pools. We’ve continued our usual process of jello-blobbing in the pools and enjoying the desert. We’ve enjoyed the company of many blog readers, several excellent happy hours (thank you to all our neighbors), visits by other blogger friends (Mali Mish, Boondockorbust and GoneWithTheDogs have all dropped by, amongst others) and even a pop-in visit by two other sets of famous bees, Technomadia and the RV Geeks.
The former are dear friends and we have enjoyed a most excellent week of fun, including a visit to the annual Indio International Tamale Festival. We first attended this tasty extravaganza last year and enjoyed it so much we decided on a repeat visit this year. Having multiple mouths to feed meant we got to try at least 12 different types of tamale’s including several gourmet versions (can you say chocolate tamale with dates, walnuts and raspberries???!). A MOST belly-satisfying afternoon!
The latter are new friends who we’ve stalked on their RV how-to YouTube channel for years. I actually had a devious plan which involved luring them into Desert Hot Springs, capturing them via the clutches of a few slyly-placed margaritas and then holding them hostage for our slide topper replacements.
At the last minute the notorious Desert Hot Springs winds rushed in and blew that plan out of the desert (I know, my word-smithery here is masterful) , but we did manage to hang out a bit and we did also do the work (albeit RV Geek-less) so that’ll be the topic of a future Easy RV Mod blog post.
Coincidentally and completely unrelated to everything else, we also managed to squeeze in a few days of food poisoning (we suspect) which left us intimately acquainted with our RV toilet and is a topic best not written about, preferably completely forgotten and hopefully never (ever, ever) repeated again. Ugh!!
But in the end what we’ll remember most, apart from the friendships, are the fabulous desert sunsets. There’s a science to it, of course, but in person it’s just the most intense, most overwhelming color experience you’ll ever have.
It’s not just the stillness that accompanies nature’s final show, it’s the broadening of neon lights that blasts the sky and overtakes your senses. A desert sunset will connect you to the very soul of the earth and for those few moments of light-induced fantasy, you will forget everything else and just float on the beauty and wonder of the world. In these times, where everything in the news seems so unsettled and frightening, it’s a most-welcomed relief. I know this may seem crazy, but somehow these desert sunsets reassure me of the future of mankind.
So with those thoughts I leave you, my dear friends. My wish is that this same warmth permeates your December and gives you a most peaceful Christmas (or Hanukkah, or Winter Solstice, or whatever else you celebrate). If I don’t check-in before I wish you all a most excellent few weeks and a roaring start to 2016.SPONSORED LINK:
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