Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Desert Hot Springs, CA to Quartzsite, AZ

We were ready for a change from Anza Borrego and Desert Hot Springs is about as opposite as you can get.  We stayed at Catalina Spa RV Park, a Passport America half price park for a week at $22.50 per night, enjoying the hot pools and getting more RV stuff done.

Our corner site at Catalina Spa RV Park

The swimming pool....

The hot pool...very hot!

Howard installed a new toilet seal in our little bathroom and what a job that always turns out to be! Next he worked on our batteries trying to figure out why they're not holding a charge. First he equalized them after a month of voltage fluctuation due to boondocking.  We usually stay at about 12.5 but as soon a the solar power turned off, the gauge on the controller fell considerably.  They are not holding a charge from solar or running the generator. Narrowed it down to a faulty heat sensor on our Magnum inverter and will have to wait until we get to Tucson to get it to an authorized service center for Magnum.

We had a great tourist day driving the roads of Joshua Tree NP.  Had not been in years and really enjoyed seeing all the rock formations, many with climbers up the rock wall. This was followed by a fun night in Palm Springs, dining at an old favorite Mexican restaurant, Las Casuelas Terraza, which we hadn't been to for many years.  It was pretty crazy, especially since it was a Friday night.

Joshua Tree NP

Rock climbers...look closely

Howard cautiously poses in the cholla garden

Great Margaritas at Las Casuelas

Yummy ceviche tostados

So now we are in Quartzsite for a few days, once again boondocking, parked north of town at Hi Jolly 14 day BLM free parking.  We check the vendors for products we use regularly.  Howard found a small 5 watt solar panel that will charge the phones plus charge the car battery when it is being towed.  We've had problems with the car not starting after a day of towing, so hope this helps.  We plan to leave by Monday at the latest for Tucson.

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