Sam's Family Spa continues to attract both RV'ers and day visitors who appreciate soaking in the mineral water. The four hot springs are each set at a slightly different temperature and drained each night. The weather was usually between 80 and 90 degrees and the salt water pool became a great way to cool off.
My neighbor and new friend, Pat, guided me on a short excursion around our Desert Hot Springs neighborhood -- and I must say that any hesitancy I've had about getting one just went away. The question is WHEN to ORDER one and WHERE to get it DELIVERED.
. I hope that I will continue to have the sense of adventure Pat has -- although I doubt I will ever find myself on a 5 day adventure climbing Machu Picchu when I'm 70 -- way to go Pat.
|The light up antennaes were so fun to make|
The day before I left, I organized a quick Make and Take Activity with my new friends. We shared stories while creating and making that made me feel even more connected. I started to think about how making friends on the road is different in that you are often seeking commonalities and quick to find similarities.
I also think that there is less risk in opening up and being vulnerable. If you misjudge, there is a high probability that you don't meet again - yet today's technology makes it possible to maintain connections you want to keep.
We were blessed with an overnight visit from my sister - Chantal and her partner Tom during their year long exploration of the West while truck camping --(with some AIR BNB locations in the mix) They are packing a LOT more hikes in their year, than we have in over 7 years on the road.
Towards the end of our stay in Desert Hot Springs, our friends, Robin and Jeremy and their dog, Dylan, met us for dinner -- It's so cool to still be connecting with great people who we met during our first year on the road in Cedar Key Florida. The Cedar Key experience launched many amazing friendships and it's interesting to think about the different versions of "traveling" that have evolved within our group of friends from that Cedar Key experience. Technology has made it possible for an unprecedented amount of freedom in where we work and where we call home. Jeremy and Robin are testimony to that -both employed full time.
Since I flew out to Palm Springs, carrying only a back pack, I found it necessary to explore the shops in Palm Springs and Palm Desert to fill in gaps in my wardrobe. Oh darn!
I think these sunglasses were my favorite find!
I bought them when Craig took me for a night out on the town for my birthday where we had Thai food and attended and open air performance at Hunters named Airotics
(delicious treats -- so many adventurous flavors)
I also found a need to set up a space for creating and making on the road. Our mobile maker space had been dismantled during the pandemic pause. Time to rebuild it --- slowly. After a few trips to Joann's Fabric and Craft, Harbor Freight, Lowes, Home Depot, and Good Will - I found myself playing with maker projects again. Doing some remote coaching for a Project Invent Team back East gave me an excuse to dust off my Microbits.
We didn't make it back to Joshua Tree National Park, but our visit to Sam's in Yucca Valley was filled with Joshua Tree sightings.
We only made it to 1000 Palms Nature Reserve once. Hopefully next time we'll visit both of these again.
Overall I feel like we jammed in quite a bit in our fist month of being back on the road again.