Welcome to Desert Hot Springs!!! I say this in a facetious as we spent the night listening to the wind howling outside. It began as we arrived in the Valley and continued all night, gusting to 40-50 MPH. The rig was shaking it was so strong and noisy too. I hardly slept! As a matter of fact, I had to get up at one point and put in the window awnings as they flapping quite hard.
Much cooler today too, only got up to 65*F! First thing I did was installing the racks for the kayaks then took the bikes off to relieve some of the weight off the back tire. We drove to town and I checked with our storage; we are good until mid November so that’s good. We then went to get some groceries and then to the bank for $20 worth of quarters (laundry). I got a haircut while Val shopped for groceries. We came home, unloaded everything then Val went to do some laundry while I caught up to pictures and blog. The wind is still up but not as high as it was earlier this morning. The sun is shining and it is a comfortable 70*F (20*C)! After putting the laundry away and making the bed, we relaxed before dinner which consisted of ham steaks and scallop potatoes with some greens. Then we did the dishes and listen to some music and the wind outside which is still strong but not as bad as earlier.
Another windy day; I am really disliking this area, especially Desert Hot Spring; it is too open to winds from the west!!!
After walking Tucker, we went to town and made an appointment for Tucker’ haircut tomorrow then we drove to the storage where we went through all our stuff and triage what we were taking with us and what was being left behind until next March. Everything was covered in sand and we spent a good half hour hosing down everything before loading it in the Jeep. We are taking the clubs and the dish & tripod with us and hope to sell them in Yuma. We loaded the kayaks and tied them down then we went back to town to pick up a couple movies which we watched after dinner. It is now 10 pm and the wind is still blowing albeit not as hard. The inside of the motorhome is covered in a fine sandy dust which we will try to clean tomorrow. Val cooked Italian spaghetti for dinner!
FINALLY, the wind has stopped! Val went for a power walk this morning in the desert. She’s been looking forward to that. I took Tucker for his haircut at 10 am then we got down to business and wiped, washed, vacuumed and dusted the whole interior of the rig. It was really overdue with lots of sandy dust around. We even got all the blinds. I was going to wash the outside but it got too warm so will wait until tomorrow morning. I called about setting up an appointment to have SMI air brake system on the Jeep and can’t get one until Nov 11 (they are away on a RV show) so I went ahead and made one. That means we will be staying around Yuma an extra 2-3 days as we were planning on being there only until Nov 9. Val did another load of laundry, mainly blankets and tucker’s bed sheets then we sat back and relaxed with a glass of wine. We texted with Aud & Marcel but when we tried calling, we lost connection and couldn’t get it back. They are in Gettysburg! We watched a movie tonight; “Hunting Season” with Travolta and Denero...Interesting and very good acting on the part of Travolta!!!
Well, I saw my first road runner this morning and this season while walking Tucker. Val went for her morning walk. Once that was done, I got my equipment out and washed the roof and the sides of BEAVER. That done, it was the windows turn both in and out. We went to town to return a movie and picked up some wine (SO CHEAP!!!!). Once home, we sat out and relaxed. At 5 pm, we went to the club house where we paid $6 each for a spaghetti dinner including Bread, salad and ice cream for dessert. We met a few people at our table who were quite interested in our adventurous decision to go to the Baja. Of course, they had heard all the “stories” about Mexico! Anyway, they were nice and we had a nice conversations...they want us to return in March and tell them all about our adventures. Dinner was between 5 and 6 pm literally! At 6, they began clearing all the tables and so we got the message and left. We came home and watched the tube...one channel!!!
Tomorrow, we head out to Winterhaven, CA and Yuma, AZ