Saturday, November 22, 2008

Update on Life in Indio

10 days since my last posting!

Life has been good here. The weather has been one series of perfect day after another, with temperatures in the mid-80’s, and clear blue skies. Hot enough to be in shorts and t-shirts all day and enjoy a refreshing dip in the swimming pool, yet cool enough at night to appreciate the hot tub.

As they say, time flies when you are having fun! To bring you up to date on our activities:

We golfed the Indian Springs Golf Resort one day, and were joined by a very nice couple, Don and Marilyn, from Seattle. The course was fantastic – beautiful shape and lovely. It was hot, hot, hot that day. But sorry, no pictures.

On Saturday, the 15th, we went to the Spotlight 29 Casino and sat through the ‘Mick Fleetwood's Island Rumours Band’ concert. Not bad – a lot of ‘hawaiian music’ peppered with the occasional Fleetwood Mac hit. The show ended early, so we each took our obligatory $20 and went our separate ways on the gambling floor. The stars must have been aligned perfectly that night – I won $85!! I scrambled around to find Terry (who had promptly blown his $20), and we left with my winnings in hand.

We golfed the municipal golf course Monday afternoon – a par 3 executive and only $20/person.
Excellent value and a great way to practice your irons game.

On Monday night we were surprised to hear a knock on our door and to see our friends from Vernon, Jan and Norm. They were parked at the same resort for one night, but moving to another park the next day.

On Tuesday, I hiked the Morrow Trail with three other folks from our RV park. The Morrow Trail is located on the west side of Lake Cahuilla in La Quinta, and follows the edge of the golf course at The Quarry (a posh residential area with a very, very private golf course that appeared to never be used, but manicured to a level I’d never seen before). We hiked through a valley and then up along the scenic cavern walls. It was great.

On Wednesday, Terry and I drove to L.A. What a contrast to Palm Springs – unbelievable traffic, and smog - no blue sky there!
I had booked tickets for us to sit in as audience members at the Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson. We had to be at the CBS Studios no later than 3:30 p.m., so we first drove there to make sure we could scope out parking. With time to kill before the show, we drove to Rodeo Drive and toured.

On to the Late, Late Show. The studio seats only 113 people, so it was very up close and personal. We were first treated to two songs performed by the British singer Adele. She is an amazing singer. Craig Ferguson is great – he has the best monologue in the business, and was really quite a nice guy. We even lucked out and had a ‘bonus’ session with Larry the Cable guy as a guest. We met Larry after the show and he was really friendly and down-to-earth. All in all it was a great experience.

Our good buddies Wendy and Rod Wiebe flew into Palm Springs on Tuesday, and Terry made arrangements for them to stay at the park model next door to us in the Park.
We golfed with them on Thursday at Woodhaven Golf Course (nice, but not near the Indio Springs Golf Course quality).

Friday Rod and Wendy left Palm Springs and headed on to their next destination, Phoenix.
Terry and I decided to go for a drive and ended up at the Coachella Valley Preserve, where we hiked the McCallum Trail.
It is a short 2-mile trail, but winds through the Thousand Palms Oasis, and crosses over the San Andreas fault. Very interesting.

Today we went to the big flea market at the College of the Desert.
Lots of interesting booths and much 'brik a brac'.

Tonight we may stroll down to the big ‘dance’ at the park.

Tomorrow is Grey Cup day, so we’ll be glued to the tv for the event. Norm and Jan are joining us.
Go Stamps Go!

We plan on leaving Palm Springs on Monday, and will be making our way down to Mesa for a week.
And, unfortunately, the weather here is supposed to be cooling down, but we’re hoping it’s not too drastic a change. Still a lot better than home!
To my running buddies, we have enjoyed a number of runs through the local area. It's been quite a change to have to worry about the heat, instead of the cold, wind or rain!

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