College of the Desert and Silent Valley Club (near Idylwild, CA)

2/13/16 (Saturday) in Desert Palms, CA (Palm Springs-TT)

The days have been hot, so we’ve been hanging out in the campground. John got our folding door (between bedroom and rest of coach) fixed. The part that holds it up as it slides from open to closed had broken a few weeks ago and we’d gotten the parts when we arrived here. I’ve been following the campgrounds exercise classes in the morning (John watched TV except for the morning he fixed our folding door). I like them so much that I’ve ordered the DVD’s from Amazon, so I can do those exercises (Zumba Gold) when we’re not at Palm Springs. One morning we talked with John’s sister Sharon and while I went to exercise he talked to his mom.

We’ve changed our eating patterns so that we have our big meal at noon and a small one in the evening in the thought that it would be healthier.

We got a Fandango gift card for Christmas so we’ve arranged to see movies on Wednesday and Thursday, while we know we have access to movies close by.

Today we set out to the nearby College of the Desert Street Faire. This is one of the best. Not as large as the Arizona Marketplace, but really filled with neat choices. So much so that we actually bought a number of items: Medjool dates (3 times more fiber than prunes), walnuts, special tools: ceramic grater to grate garlic and ginger ( and peelers that will also make julienne strips and slice plus a cheese slicer ( and available after summer/fall of 2017!=======). The last image is of a lady demonstrating the ceramic grater.


Then we took I-10 and SR 243 to our next campground, wanting to check out the mountain road (SR 243). We understand that the movie “The Long, Long Trailer” with Lucy and Desi Arnez showed them pulling their trailer on this steep, twisty road. It was steep, all right, and very curvy, with rock wall on one side and drop offs on the other. At least it was paved 2 lanes.

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This ROD campground was huge – 800 sites, with full hookups, so we checked out what sites might work for us when we come with our Miss Journey in another week. Even stopping for a lovely picnic lunch at one of the shaded sites.

We got home in plenty of time for dinner, even getting our evening walk in first. Lastly we topped off our fun day with campground provided entertainment by Glen Smith. He’s a great musician, playing his guitar, a foot tambourine and singing. He REALLY sounds like Neal Diamond. We all had a great time, even dancing with our sweethearts (the day before Valentine’s). Life is good.


About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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