On The Road Again In Desert Hot Springs

24 03 2011

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.

Me With Our Friends Sharona and Caitlin

Our Friends Sharona and Caitlin Visited Us In LA Last Saturday

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.

This Is What Full Hookups Look Like (Black = Electricity, Thin Blue = Fresh Water In, Thick Blue = Sewer Hose)

This Is What Full Hookups Look Like (Black = Electricity, Thin Blue = Fresh Water In, Thick Blue = Sewer Hose)

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.

Our RV Dwarfed By A Monster Neighbor

Our RV Dwarfed By A Monster Neighbor

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12 responses

24 03 2011
amybetho

Resorts are wonderful! It doesn’t matter whether they are RV resorts, all-inclusive resorts or any other kind. Instant friends and fun activities (especially water volleyball) ROCK! 🙂

24 03 2011
Stumpy and Cyndi

Full hook-ups are like a vacation and the perks of a campground fun, for short periods. I’m with you, though, totally uninspiring, for the most part.

24 03 2011
jayhorowitz

I’m still not used to seeing the RV with two hoses and a wire attached, but the luxury is certainly kind of cool.

24 03 2011
Matt

I couldn’t agree more. RV parks aren’t the long-term ideal (for us either – great for some) but it does ROCK to be fully hooked up!!! Enjoy it while you’re there, then get your asses back on the road 🙂
We are still in Austin. If you haven’t been here (I hadn’t before this trip) you have GOT to put it on your map. This place is awesome.
Tally ho!

24 03 2011
Shira

Ah hot springs. Sounds delicious. Have fun!

28 03 2011
amybetho

We’ll have some fun now and save the other fun for when you come out and visit us! Which is… soon? 🙂

24 03 2011
Nic

Hey Yair, sounds great! Nice thoughts about the RV travel lifestyle. The “instant community” is an interesting aspect that’s definitely attractive to me. Happy trails buddy! I’m also sending you a message on facebook on a separate topic.

24 03 2011
Diane

Is it possible that you’re heading for an early spring visit to Death Valley? With all the rain this year, the wildflowers should be exceptional.

25 03 2011
jayhorowitz

Don’t tempt me! (We’re planning on heading toward Arizona after JTree / Slabs)

26 03 2011
Switches and Sockets

Touring holidays are very enjoyable but electrical, water and sewage facilities are always in the back of your mind. However the up side to touring is being able to visit so many locations in the one holiday.

26 03 2011
Hope

Ok sorry but is Jay really 25 cos he looks a lot older?

28 03 2011
amybetho

Yup. Yair was practically 6’2″ in kindergarden. Well, maybe not quite that tall but he definitely towered over his first grade teacher. You’re funny, though. Strange, but funny.

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