Palm Springs, San Diego and Quartzite, A Palm Springs, San Diego, Phoenix & Quartzsite, AZ
10.27.2013 - 02.15.2014
Palm Springs, Thousand Palms
We found ourselves once again among the palm trees and endless sand wintering in the desert ahead of the Canadian invasion of snowbirds. Being in southern California allowed us to visit family in Phoenix and Orange County and further explore the Palm Springs area. First I made a trip alone to visit my brother and his wife John & Lisa Cooper at their home in Phoenix, AZ. My sister Darla Robertson was also there and we had a little reunion which was short but fun filled. I then drove back to Palm Springs and together Brad and I drove to Irvine, CA to see our daughter Loretta (visiting from Chicago) at Brad's mother's house. We got to spend the afternoon together before it was back out to Palm Springs, whew!
Phoenix, dinner out with John & Lisa Cooper who treated Darla and I to an evening at Durants legendary restaurant!
Irvine, CA, Brad's mother Marie Aspenwall & Loretta Robinson
Thousand Palms resort
Jamul & San Diego
We bounced back and forth between Palm Springs and Jamul, CA (in the hills 1/2 hour from San Diego) 3 weeks at a time (Thousand Trails rules). We made visits to Stone Brewing (both the San Diego & Escondido breweries!), the Gaslamp Quarter and the Pacific Beach area and got to catch up with friends that were controllers that Brad had worked with. Our son Tom made a brief visit before Thanksgiving and we showed him around San Diego a bit. We had fine weather for the most part and really enjoyed San Diego, can't wait to explore more next year!
Stone Brewing Escondido
Pacific Beach, Gaslamp Quarter with Tom Robinson
Irvine, Ca Marie's 82nd Birthday at Sam Woo's Restaurant for DimSum with Lance & Tina Robinson (Brad's brother & his wife)
Some friends we had met in Jamul invited us to Quartzsite to check out the rock and gem show and campout for free in the desert. We had heard about Quartzsite last year but never made it out there. A new hobby we started together is jewelry making (wire wrapping) so this trip was also an opportunity to pick up some stones, etc. for projects. It was fun to meet some new friends Kathy & Jim Studer and to campout under the stars. The rock and gem show did not disappoint; we found some great stones and inspiration from the talented artists there.
Morgan Hill, CA
As the snowbird invasion was upon us in southern Cal it was time to hit the road as all the campgrounds were at capacity. We decided to make for Morgan Hill (east of Monterey Bay near Gilroy). As we traveled I-5 we were astonished at the dust bowl that has become the central valley since this severe drought. Visibility was poor as the topsoil swirled in the wind and there was absolutely nothing green. Once we were in the Salinas valley things were green again, it's got to be one of the most fertile valleys in the country with its rich black soil .
We had never stayed at Morgan Hills RV Resort before and were pleased with the surroundings (although dry and brown) as we were located a short distance from Uvas Canyon County Park and great hiking trails. We made a few hikes around the canyon with its splendid redwoods and waterfalls and Brad did a brutal hike up to the top of the mountain by himself. We finally got a few solid days of much needed rain which greened everything up considerably and made our last hike gorgeous.
We got to know some of the locals at the MH (Morgan Hll) Tavern and visited the overpriced El Toro Brewery, ouch! We made up for it with a trip to Phil's Fish House, on the coast in Moss Landing just over the Santa Cruz mountains from us. If ever you are passing through and if you love fresh seafood, you must stop at Phil's and have an Anchorsteam on tap with oysters on the half shell & ciopino, superb! We will definitely be back in the fall to explore more of the Morgan Hill area.
Phil's Fish Market, Moss Landing
So it's off to the Sacramento area once again to see friends, get tattooed and do some fishing!