12/29/15 (Tuesday) in Palm Desert, CA (Palm Springs-TT)
After Hawaii we pretty much took it easy, with TV for John and reading the Harry Potter series for me. Too cold to enjoy anything outside, barely managed to force ourselves to walk the campground about half our days there. We did enjoy a Christmas Day potluck meal where we saw RV friends from the Panhandle Gems FMCA chapter that we hadn’t seen for over 3 years! (captions if you hover over or click on image)
Our trip to Palm Springs was smooth, taking about 2 hours because we stopped at a Pilot for fuel on the way. There was a small hiccup at the beginning, when John had set the TV satellite to power down. As he started to pull out of our site he saw the shadow of our satellite still UP. Eventually he figured out that our inverter had gotten turned off at some point. Once he turned it on, he could power down our satellite.
If you’ve never been to Palm Springs-TT before, it’s different! This spot used to be a date palm ranch, so it’s filled with rows of date palms (they also harvest and sell them to you). They were just wonderful at the entrance gate with instructions (to the west are pull through FHU 30 amp sites, to the right are FHU 30/50 amp, more narrow, back in sites, with palm trees to negotiate. No charges for the 50 amps. It’s in the desert, so lots of sand and sand burrs. You can’t wash any cars/rigs (unless pay a company to do it with their own water), there’s a serious drought going on. They used to let you water the grass between sites, but that’s not happening any longer. Some dead grass remains. We had an ant hill on our site. Most are pretty level. Because everyone likes to be south in the winter, be sure to reserve as soon as your contract lets you-it’s full here. Also the high use restriction is 2 weeks in, then 28 days out! Some people may have special contracts that let them escape that. Great pickleball courts (new ones too) and last I heard, pickleball lessons. Wonderful hot tub and swimming pool (water volleyball often). Piles of places to see, things to do in the area. We did so much 3 years ago and we still have a big to-do list to cover. Nice library and lots of activities. Beware, bikes have been stolen here.
It can get windy – you see lots of wind machines on the way and from the campground.
Oh, it is also near planes (Palm Springs airport), trains, and automobiles (I-10), so you may hear all that at night. When arriving, take the #120 Washington St exit off I-10, turn left onto Varner Rd, than in a couple blocks to the campground. Much easier than taking an earlier exit (#134) and driving frontage road for several miles.
We plan to see a few sites before we attend the FMCA rally in Indio, happening January 7-9th.