|May 1, 2002
We are really enjoying the peace and quite here in our park model at Desert Shadows in Cathedral City, California. This is a small but nice park (about 400 sites) with pretty landscaping and lots of pools. It looks like they have a full slate of activities in the season, but the season has ended. There are RV sites in and around park models but one nice feature of the park is the new area which is just for RVs. If we were coming in here with our motorhome that is where we would rather be. The sites are large and the satellite in the RV section is big, modern and includes an indoor pool as well as a lap pool. One can rent a site here or the lots can be purchased. In our opinion that is especially good if you plan to make any improvements or add a park model. Ron and I have always felt that we would never add to a site we didn't own.
We went to see Damn Yankees at the Mc Callum
Theater (College of the Desert) Saturday and thoroughly enjoyed it. There
is a lot of talent here in Palm Springs.
I have also changed the quizlet. The new question is:
As full-timers what are (will be) your AVERAGE monthly campground fees.
Please go to our questionaire to answer and to see the results from other months.
New Mystery Picture
May 1, (late Wednesday)
Today we took a drive to Lake Elsinore (on Highway 74) to visit long time friends that we had never met. Yes, Dianne and Michael Killen were wannabes who wrote sharing their progress and like many of our readers we became friends. We were impressed with these very talented singer/songwriters and have enjoyed the CD albums they made. A Voice Like Yours was their first album followed by Feels Like Home. Dianne just completed a new album, Pattern of My Heart which we picked up today. This young couple (early 40s) met in Nashville even though Michael is from California and Dianne is from Maine.
They have a pretty good schedule of concerts this spring here in California and will be at the Great North American Rally in Pomona. We sincerely hope that you will be sure to look them up at the rally or anytime in your travels. You won't be sorry if you purchase their CDs too. Also give them a big hug for us.
Since we weren't far from The Paint Department in Chino, we decided to drop in and see what our house looked like. We were not prepared. It didn't really look like our house. Everything had to be taken off and well, look for yourself.
We had company over the weekend. My son Mark, and his family from Saugus (north of Los Angeles) came down and we just enjoyed being together. Much time was spent at the pool. The rest of the time, we played games.
L-R in back Ron, Robyn, Mark, Ana and Jonn in front.
Ron, Jonn and Mark Robyn and Ana
I had a great Mother's Day. We drove to just past Ontario (on I-10) and met my son, Mark and his family at a Baker's Square for lunch. We each drove about 75 miles to be together and it was the first Mother's day in ages (at least 100 years) since I was able to be with any of my children for that holiday.
Mark and I----Jonn, and Robyn
I was going to write a big article about the Coachella
Valley, but see that I did a very complete story in our old newsletter.
It is on our site and covers most of what is here. If you haven't read
it or want to read it again go to the February
1995 issue and in the index (left hand side of page under
banner) click on "Things to do..."
I did not go to the spa Tuesday as I was sick from Monday night through Tuesday. I feel better now and will go today. We drove to Chino to check out the motorhome yesterday; it is not finished. They say that it will be done maybe Saturday (I am not taking bets on that one) or Monday. We wait patiently. At least we are not living out on the streets or something like that.
My day at the spa was absolutely wonderful. First I was given a big terry cloth robe and slippers and a locker for my clothing. All along one side of the pools (6) area were individual rooms for the different treatments. My first stop was for the facial. I had no idea what to expect, but if I had money to do something special for myself again I would do just that. There was a bed in this dimly lit room and very relaxing music was playing softly. I was told to get on the bed (in my birthday suit) and cover myself with a sheet. Carolyn stepped out of the room while I did this. When she came back She put a hair band around my hair and I closed my eyes while she kept applying different (heavenly smelling) creams and oils on my neck and face. Her hands were soft and hypnotic in their movements over my face. I didn't say a word or open my eyes for the whole 55 minutes.
Next was the sea weed wrap which wasn't much fun but I am told it was good for my body. I laid on a table and Teresa smeared warm blackish green mud all over me then covered me with two warm blankets then she brought the sides of the sheet I was lying on up over me and made me the center of a cocoon. Then she left me there for 30 minutes. When the time was up she pointed to the shower and told me to wash it all off. Well, that was easier said than done. I had been baking those 30 minutes and it had dried. It was also gritty, but I eventually got it off. that was that.
Andreas did my massage and he was very good. It was called a combination massage which included traditional, Swedish massage, and reflexology (extra treatment for the feet). Again this was in a nice cozy room with soft music playing. So if you are ever in the Palm Springs area think about pampering yourself at one of the spas.
Ron and I had new publicity pictures taken since we have been here. If you haven't looked at our main menu lately here is what the picture looks like.
Portrait by Bill Thomas, certified, master photographer
Riverside Photography in Riverside
We had nothing better to do yesterday so we took a drive. Yes, it was a Saturday and yes, they were working on our home. The Dream looks better. We may be able to get it Monday. Keep your fingers crossed for us.
I am going to miss being able to update this page
any ole time I feel like it. It has been nice having a land line.
We have our house back and it looks wonderful. It feels good too both inside and out. There's something missing though. Can you tell what it is?
Speaking of seeing us, we are out of here in just
a few hours. We are heading north and will spend the Memorial Day weekend
in Templeton, California; we really don't know where we will go from there.
We are in Templeton and our hosts (Marge and Rod) are wonderful. They have a lovely place here. We are enjoying their hospitality. You will enjoy the recipe for the delicious cake she made. Yummy Pineapple Cake was just that.
There was only one sensible way to get here from
the Coachella Valley. Although we do not like interstates no one in their
right mind would drive anything but in and around Los Angeles. In fact
it seems that everyone was on the freeway. We took I- 10 to I-210 to I-5.
North of Castiac I -5 climbs to a summit of a
little over 4,100 feet and descends 5 miles at a 6 % grade to Grapevine.
The lush green valley is like a breath of fresh air. Congested city was
replaced by vineyards. We turned west on California Route 46 to Paso Robles
then south on U. S Route 101 to Templeton. From what we saw on our way
here, this is a very pretty area. Our reports will follow our explorations.
We had a wonderful time with Marge and Rod in Templeton. On Friday night we went to Paso Robles to watch the old cars parade for the beginning of an old car weekend. It was fun to see them all.
Rod, Marge & Ron
Our lovely campsite on their property. They built a huge barn for their cars and motorhome.
We are on our way to Monterey for a few days then
points north. I hope to update the web site on schedule---June 1.