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Mar 21, 2012 - Some posh swimming

Just love love LOVE this weather. Being so nice and hot we just had to take advantage of the sun and go to the pool today too. This time we were going to do some posh swimming. We went to this fabulous resort to lay out and work on our tans. The kids had so much fun playing in the water I couldn't get them out. They started to look like prunes they were so shriveled up! But every day, no matter how much fun, must come to an end. Eventually we had to call it a day and head home for some dinner and packing. Tomorrow we are hitting the road...

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Mar 20, 2012 - Hot hot hot

Waking up this morning there was no doubt in our minds where we were. It was really hot! So of course when I asked the kids what they wanted to do they all said "GO SWIMMING!!!". That's what we did. I packed a lunch and snacks for us and then Melissa (who had to work, poor thing) dropped us off at the pool. We had a great time. Eric and Julia where in the water for almost four hours. Patric and I were in for awhile but also loved laying in our sun chairs reading. He is really into his book "the hungry games" and is already on the second book.

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Dec 8, 2011 - La Quinta California

Arrived in La Quinta California on December the 8th after driving through Los Angeles traffic and finally reaching the Coachella Valley desert. Family was amazed to see all the windmills dotting the landscape.. Late in the day we pulled into our best location for luxury on the trip.. We pulled into the Motorcoach Country Club an oasis of luxury motor homes and amazing amenities for our LuAnn. We had our own private lot with a small casita which had our own washer dryer, microwave, shower, toilet, then an outdoor area with hot tub, dining...

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Feb 2, 2011 - We're Connected!

....To water, to electricity, to major shopping opportunities, and now to faster internet! A change of scenery was in order after our 5 weeks in the Anza Borrego desert, every day of which we thoroughly enjoyed. So we drove about 70 miles north to Lake Cahuilla in La Quinta, a town described in Wikipedia as a resort city in Riverside County and the nation's leading golf destination! Sounds right up our alley! Lake Cahuilla is a Riverside County Park and one we have visited often. It is situated around a reservoir framed by the jagged peaks...

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Dec 2, 2010 - Indio, la Quinta and Lake Cahuilla

We headed out of Joshua Tree Natl Park and down interstate 10 to Indio, CA which is in the valley. As we came down from the mountains we could see Indio spread out before us, There were many farm fields and everything was so green. It was a warm 74 degrees and sunny. I couldn't get over all of the beautiful flowers and flowering bushes everywhere and the streets were lined with palm trees and there were lemon, orange and grapefruit trees everywhere. We had already decided that we were going to stay at the Walmart in the town of Indio but...

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Dec 5, 2009 - Winter Migration!

Our Thanksgiving weekend ended with birthday celebrations for Norm and Noelle on Sunday the 29th. Noelle's actual day is Dec. 14th but by then we will be somewhere in the desert in search of sun! A great finale to our 2 month stay in and around the Bay Area with the arrival of Liliana, our newest granddaughter, being the icing on the cake. The timing of our departure to southern climes seems somehow out of sync with my internal clock though the chill and dampness in the air dictates otherwise. Last year we spent the month of October paying...

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Mar 8, 2009 - DESERT OASIS

If you are looking for a warm winter paradise, Southern California’s Palm Desert area is the answer. The brilliant colorful flowers, rich green grass and the snow capped San Jacinto mountain views make you forget that you are in the middle of a desert. I don’t know how they get away with it since the rest of the southwest is suffering the effects of another drought season. But here in this retirement Mecca, money talks and the AARP vote is strong because blue hairs rule this oasis. We stayed at an exclusive, Class A motorhome only resort....

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Jan 8, 2009 - Lake Cahuilla, La Quinta, Ca

As in recent years, we begin our year 2009 here at Lake Cahuilla, a Riverside County Regional Park, in La Quinta. It is indeed a wonderful winter destination, near the glitz of Palm Springs, but tucked into the mountains south of the 111 strip. The warm sunny weather is a welcome reprieve after a cold, rainy Christmas in Northern California. And, as in years past, we meet up here once again with our long time friends, Dalya and Paul Collins, whom we met 12 years ago in Puerto Escondido, Mexico, south of Acapulco - and yes we were all...

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Dec 31, 2008 - Farewell To 2008!

We spent Christmas morning at Norm and Wendy's watching Noelle and Christina open presents from Santa Claus followed by a great egg casserole for brunch. We have officially eaten more than we can lift, probably in one sitting! Then it was time for a movie and we chose "Marley and Me" from the many that opened on Christmas Day. You have to understand that we are dog lovers, especially Labs. We laughed, we cried, we thoroughly enjoyed though we had read the book and knew the story and how it ended. Great way to spend an otherwise cold,...

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Feb 19, 2008 - "circumstances" Bring Us Back To Lake Cahuilla!!

So we've been enjoying our Anza Borrego desert location, smugly bragging about how fully "self contained" we are with our bank of solar panels, 8000 watt diesel generator, 2000 watt power inverter......Ooops! The inverter just quit inverting, thus no longer converting 12 volt battery power into 120 volt AC, meaning none of our outlets, TVs, microwave/convection oven, most chargers for all the electronics, work! And since all our power sources, except solar, go through the inverter, even running the generator does not work. After numerous...

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Jan 6, 2008 - Lake Cahuilla, La Quinta, Ca.

We need to back-track a few days to our last days at the Tahoe cabin. The weather report was looking dismal so we decided to leave a day early, Jan. 2nd, to get back to Sacramento, spend the night and leave the following morning, Jan. 3rd to head south. That proved to be a very good decision! 10 feet of snow was dumped on our Truckee location with I-80 closed and shelters set-up for stranded motorists! Sacramento and the Bay Area including Petaluma and Half Moon Bay were hit hard by hurricane-force winds and rain with major highways closed....

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