Our last LA hangout happened on Monday night, after which we started to drive east. We’re now at our first “RV resort” in Desert Hot Springs, taking advantage of a “We give you free stuff and try to sell you a timeshare” offer.
Driving east on I-10 and CA-60 gave me some awesome tastes of what is to come and of what I had been missing. At one point we came over a pass and were surrounded by verdant and abruptly rolling hills, looking out at a valley. In the distance beyond the valley were densely forested mountains, and beyond those peaks were some of the snow-capped monsters of the Sierras. Seeing that brought me great joy.
Now, for our digs. We’re staying at Desert Pools RV Resort, which is the first pay-campground we’ve overnighted at. Comparing it to the one other RV park we’ve seen while visiting a friend, this place does it in style. There are three hot tubs and a pool, each at a different temperature and fed by mineral hot springs underneath the resort. There’s free horseshoes, shuffleboard, tennis, mini-golf, basketball, and other activities. (The first things on that list give away their target audience’s age.) Weirdest of all, we have full hookups.
Having a full hookup means that we have electricity, water, and sewer on our site. We’ve had electricity and water before, but never the always-there sewer access. That part is pretty rockin, because it means that we can be a bit less crazy about our water usage. We’re still mindful of not wasting, but cleaning dishes without thinking about fresh water and holding tank levels is quite cool. Nevertheless, this isn’t my idea of an RV lifestyle. A vacation, maybe, but a long-term plan, not so much. People here are very friendly and an RV park may make sense for someone who wants instant community and doesn’t care as much about seeing the country, but being here in spot #183 makes me feel unnaturally confined and disinclined to explore. Ayo is thrilled to have a daily water volleyball game, something that makes staying inside the grounds even more comfortable.
RVers who own large motorhomes have it tougher in the sense that their rig size and electrical requirements make RV parks more of a necessity. Me? I’m enjoying my time here, but am at the same time looking forward to heading to Joshua Tree in a few days. I’m liking our mobility and park-anywhere-ness.
posted by yair