Saturday, February 14, 2015

Reflections~~Lake Cahuilla County Park, La Quinta, CA

It was time for a change of scenery.  It was time for some major provisioning calling for the likes of Costco, Walmart, Trader Joe's.  It was time to attend to tank issues.  So we headed to La Quinta and Lake Cahuilla County Park, about 60 miles from our Anza Borrego home of almost 2 months. Yes, it was hard to leave, say goodbye to new friends, leave those gorgeous sunsets, park for free, but the temps were heating up and the wind beginning to blow.

Looking back at the campground from across the lake.  

This has always been one of our favorites and makes for a nice interlude with water and electric. The park backs up to the Santa Rosa Mountains, those same mountains we gazed at while in Anza Borrego, which would be about 25 miles as the crow flies just over the above photo.  No dry lake here, but a large reservoir full to the brim, making for a nice 2.5 mile walk-around.

Fishing is allowed but no swimming or watercraft..

Free WiFi is offered with its own little shady enclosure, including electric plug-ins for your devices, chairs and a nice workstation.  Most of the park hosts are super friendly Canadians who love to landscape, as we know. There are 60 sites in the developed section and probably the only drawback is parking on dirt, but Eucalyptus trees provide shade in the campground.

The large day-use area has grassy picnic sites by the lake with playground and Palm trees, and a swimming pool that opens in May. There is also an equestrian area with RV sites as well as horse facilities, and birds galore.

So this is home for now.  We're getting a few things done like replacing our old charcoal Weber for a new propane Q1000, doing a little polishing and window washing on the MH.  The inside will be professionally done by Kyle of Benson Carpet Cleaners when we get to either Tucson or Benson sometime in the near future.  The leaks we sustained late last year during the major rainstorm in Petaluma left a stain on our ceiling.

It was super meeting up with the Talleys for lunch one afternoon.  They were staying at the nearby Fantasy Springs Casino, planning to return to Anza is Gaelyn we hear. (Keep us posted on the wildflowers!)

We are looking forward to visits with friends; Earl and Gail who winter in Indio, and Bob and Kathie heading this way from Chula Vista.  Then it'll be time to head toward Yuma, maybe with a stop in Quartzsite, Kofa, or Imperial Dam, depending on which route we decide to take.  We know there will be duck a la rotisserie with the Panys, and hopefully Beth will be seeing clearly after cataract surgeries.  Until next time...

Happy Valentine's Day

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