stillhowlyn's travels 2011 travel blog

We were driven out of the Anza Borrego Desert when the temps maxed out at 104! We figured after almost 3 months of living mostly unplugged on public lands or on friend's property, we could afford to venture back to the land of hookups; air conditioning, electricity, running water...Oh My!

Our Passport America membership offers limited time, half price rates on many RV parks and our closest, most appealing option for a 7 night stay was in Desert Hot Springs, just north of Palm Springs and the popular Highway 111 corridor of desert communities, snarling traffic, and lots of shopping and restaurants.

Caliente Springs is a gated compound full of small park model homes (both owned and rented), a 9-hole golf course, pools and hot tubs, activities and amenities galore, with parking for itinerant RVers such as ourselves. Most of the "Snowbird" crowds have already departed for points north so the facilities, such as laundry, library, fitness room and pools are pleasantly accessible.

Our long-time friends, Paul and Dalya, joined us for 3 fun days. Last night we did the Palm Springs scene; Thursday night Villagefest, a huge arts, crafts and entertainment/farmers market-type street fair, with a great dinner at Trio. The only downside of an otherwise good week was the fiercely blowing wind which, on a few occasions, had us housebound and sandblasted!

I've decided to try creating a new blog, not an easy learning process, and the brain has indeed been challenged. The postings will follow the Trip Journal narrative for a few months until I decide which I like better, and I'm hoping you all will give me your comments and suggestions. The new Blog is STILLHOWLYN, through Google Blogspot. I can customize it easier, add links, and it does have an RSS subscription feature if you care to follow.

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