The drive out Monday afternoon was pleasant and uneventful. However, once you turn off Rt.86 in Salton City, the remaining 30 mile drive west to Borrego Springs along S22 is a little rough. My new Garmin Trucker GPS had advised me to continue further down Rt.86 to Rt.78 west, but having taken S22 on our recon mission a couple weeks ago, and it being such a picturesque stretch of road, I opted to retrace our previously traveled route. There was a pretty stiff headwind heading west on S22 and the sky ahead looked threatening. However, we were lucky. The weather held out and we didn't have to set up in the rain.
We arrived around 4:30 pm. Site 318 is a back-in site so I exited the coach to unhook from the car while Suzanne headed for the office to see to the paperwork. I quickly realized that it was considerably colder here in Borrego Springs than it had been in Indian Wells a couple hours ago.With Suzanne following me in the car, we were escorted to our site by a very nice gentleman in a golf cart - wearing a winter coat over his hoodie. After parking and setting the air brakes on the coach we chatted for a few minutes. He jokingly apologized for the bad weather and told me that in the 8 years he has been work camping here this is the only time he has seen snow in the foothills northwest of town.
I was planning to grill a couple filets but we were both a little tired from the day's activities and instead decided to break out our emergency-ration Marie Callender's frozen turkey pot pies. Perfect fare for a cold desert night.
When Travis and I arrived at one of the two dog parks here at TSABRVR&GC (that's funny right?) there was woman chasing away a coyote with a golf club (the woman had the golf club - not the coyote). I had seen a coyote the previous evening during a walk with Travis. Later in the day, I was doing a few chores outside the coach and heard what sounded like a dog fight out in a yet-to-be-developed section of the park. As I walked to the front of our site I saw a park employee on a John Deere ATV speeding in the direction of the ruckus, where he dispersed a group of 3 coyotes who were obviously having a serious disagreement. That night, at about 1:00am, I was reading in bed and heard what sounded like a dozen coyotes out in that same area howling and carrying on like a bunch of... well... like a bunch of wild coyotes. I woke Suzanne up so she could hear it.
We've decided that it's probably best not to leave Winnie (or Travis for that matter) chained outside unattended.
TSABRVR&GC is a very nice resort. I've opined in previous blogs about the liberal use of the word 'resort' by many RV parks. TSABRVR&GC is a resort in the true sense of the word. Neither Suzanne nor I play golf but they have a very nice 18 hole golf course here and we're thinking about taking a lesson this weekend before our departure Monday morning. There is a large heated salt water swimming pool with 4 surrounding salt water hot tubs (mineral baths) - one of which is large and able to accommodate 8 or 10 people. The others are smaller, two person tubs. Yesterday, after an afternoon workout at the park fitness center, Suzanne and I took a half hour soak in one of the small mineral baths. I thought to bring along my phone and Bluetooth speaker - but forgot the margaritas! Maybe this afternoon.
Last night we dined at Carmelita's Mexican Grill & Cantina. The food was outstanding and Suzanne said her margarita was as well. I opted for a Corona.
Suzanne's three-day work week ended yesterday so today we are going to drive into town and do some exploring. We've been told there are a few cool/funky shops worth checking out. We also want to take a drive to see the Galleta Meadows Metal Sculptures.
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