Settling Into RV Life
11.10.2016 - 11.23.2016
We planned to head southeast from Santa Barbara on Thursday 11/10. When Mike heard that some of our PPG (powered paraglider) friends would be camping out in the desert that weekend, we suddenly had our first destination. The first stop on our US tour would be El Mirage Dry Lake Bed.
El Mirage Dry Lake is an Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area. This happened to be the same weekend as the Southern California Timing Association held their November time trials. So in addition to all types of flying and land-sailing machines, many of the fastest cars on earth were there trying to break their speed records. RVs were parked along the drag strip as far as the eye could see. It was quite an event.
Sunday afternoon, almost everyone on the dry lake bed packed up and headed home. We said goodbye to each of our friends as they left El Mirage, and soon found ourselves alone in the desert. Thanks for the great send-off, Chad, Jim, Greg, and Dave!
Sunday evening weather was perfect, and Mike had a beautiful sunset flight as the Super Moon rose in the east.
Mike ordered some high security locks for our outdoor bays from a place in Lancaster, CA, which gave us our next destination. We left El Mirage on Wednesday 11/16 and headed to the Elks Lodge #2027 in Palmdale, CA.
I cannot recommend this campground even though it looks nice and the sites were level. The lodge is not in a very good part of town and some of the campers appeared to be permanent residents who were down on their luck. We stayed there only as long as was necessary to get the parts we needed. Next time in this area, we'll check out the Lancaster Elks.
Our plan to see all the National Parks in the country gave us our next destination. On Friday 11/18, we headed toward Joshua Tree National Park. We stayed at Elks Lodge #2314 in Yucca Valley, CA; a much nicer place to camp than the Elks Lodge at Twentynine Palms, CA. (This day marks 1 Month of RV living already! I can't believe it!)
The Yucca Valley Elks are a friendly group. They made us feel very welcome and invited us to stay as long as we wanted to. We had the whole parking lot to ourselves most of the time. It gave us plenty of time to adjust our tow and braking systems. I created rock guard netting to protect our car while Mike worked on some of his many projects.
On Tuesday Mike & I packed a lunch and took a drive through Joshua Tree National Park. It was beautiful and stunning. It is hard to describe the scale of these boulders. I've tried to show it by zooming in on some of the climbers we saw everywhere.
Once the tow and braking systems were properly adjusted and we had visited Joshua Tree, it was time to move on. So, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving we headed south to our next campground: Desert Pools RV Resort in Desert Hot Springs, CA.
We plan to stay at Desert Pools for another week and a half. The weather here is beautiful right now, so it looks like we'll be living in this area for a while. There are many RV parks and lots of BLM land nearby in which to stay. RV life is agreeing with both Mike & I so far and there's a new adventure around every corner. Stay tuned for my next post about "Living in The Coachella Valley".
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