Winter West travel blog

Mike and our neighbour Wendy in the putting contest

What we call Holly Lane, 4 park models really decorated for Christmas

Christmas lights, southern style

Fooling us with a very easy walk in through one of the...

The first climb

Michelle waiting to go up the first ladder

Mike at the top of the first ladder

Some of the path

One of the skinny ledges we had to shuffle along

Sometimes the walls are close

Sometimes not so close but still really tall

Some of the walls were realllllly close!

The second ladder was a little short

Some of the changing rock colours, very noticeable here

The third ladder, note the little people at the top

We did actually make it up to the top!

Michelle walking the wash, between some of the changing colours of rocks

View from the top, with the Salton Sea way in the distance

Last ladder down, at least it isn't another one up!

Looking back part of the way we hiked

Mike peddalling to the Air Museum, through the desert

Checking out a B 17

As we said last post, the week started with the putting contest on Sunday. Monday we were playing golf at the Municipal course and Tuesday was another hike.

We continue to be awed and amazed by the varied geology, and thankful for the hiking group at the Park, that is taking us places we would never have seen. This hike was to Painted Ladders, near the Salton Sea. Painted, as the rocks vary in colour from the usual sandy, to yellows, reds, greens and dark shiny almost coal like black, with a huge variety of quartz thrown in, black & white, reds, greens... just amazing! Ladders, as we had to go use a few of them during the hike, it is an up and down hike, as much as along the washes between the walls of high canyons.

Wednesday was supposed to be another game of golf, but the hard rain in the morning had everyone deciding to cancel as the course tends to be wet and not dry very fast.

Thursday we dropped the RV off to get the suspension upgrade, use their WiFi and then rode our bikes to the Palm Springs Air Museum. Mike whined, it was over a half hour ride, but partly through golf courses and down Golf Course Drive (fancy) but then through the desert a little and then along Gene Autry Trail (aka Hwy 111) but it seemed it was all up hill. The ride back to the shop was quicker, and much easier. Unfortunately the fancy shocks have not come in, and the sway bar was the wrong one. Oh gee, we have to come back to the Coachella Valley and Palm Springs area. This isn't disappointing, we love the area.

Tomorrow will be our last game at Shadow Mountain, the private golf course in Palm Desert.

Every night we walk the park, amazing how some of the RVs are decorated for Christmas, still doesn't feel like it though. And, of course, it goes without saying that there was lots of hot tub and pool thrown in to fill our days.

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