March 4, 2018
We arrived at Sam’s Family Spa in DHS on February 1st. Haven’t taken the time to put up individual posts of things we’ve done. We have stayed here the past two winters as well so for the most part we hung out with friends and did some of the same things we do each year.
We went down to the Thursday night market in Palm Springs with Kathie & Rick. We had dinner at the Kaiser Grille. Waitress told us the pizza’s were large enough for one person. Not sure if she was trying to fatten us up or just sell more pizza. Each one could have easily fed two of us. A pot boutique is on the main drag there now, to the right side of the picture. We browsed but didn’t buy.
Rick and I rode our bikes up the box canyon across the road. Much easier for him on an e-bike. With the loose sand on the trail it was as much walking as riding. Didn’t get all the way to the top end this time. I did a video of the ride back down. Camera was mounted on my helmet. My WordPress doesn’t have video support so I put it on YouTube.
YouTube Downhill Bike run
The mountains to the west of us got some snow one day but it didn’t last long and the only snow left is at the very peak.
Jane, Kathie & Susan went on a five day cruise out of Los Angeles. The ship went to Catalina Island & Ensenada, Mexico. The girls had a good time. Seems there was an abundance of free food but drinks cost an arm and a leg. The nightly stage shows were very good and great entertainment.
While the girls were away Rick & I decided to see if we could get up Berdoo Canyon Rd. We had attempted it on the long weekend but the south end of the road is used as a free-for-all shooting range and we decided it was unsafe to go past the shooters where the road turns back along the side of one of the ranges. This time we went on a weekday and there were only about four groups firing into the desert. The road was quite rough and a 1T diesel truck isn’t the best for offroad touring.
We encountered a truck with a camper on the back. It was from BC and coming down from the Joshua Tree end of the trail. The guy had his wife walking in front to tell him where to go. They told us they had blown a tire up further the night before and had to spend the night on the trail. The guy’s wife was not impressed by the whole thing.
We made it up as far as Berdoo Camp which was built for use in the construction of the aquaduct from the Colorado River to LA. It was built in the early 30’s and abandoned in 1937. Only concrete slabs and foundations left at this point. Judging by the spent ammunition in the area this part is also popular with the local gun owners.
On the way back out of Berdoo Canyon I pulled over where 3 guys had an array of guns out and were shooting at targets. We talked with them for about 30 minutes and they asked if we’d like to try a couple of the guns they had there. After a quick usage description (I do have an FAC) we took a half dozen shots with an AR15 & AK47. It was fun, not something I can easily do back home.
Jane and I made another hike up the mountains across the road to the two flags peak. We’ve done this hike a number of times in the past two years of coming here. Just couldn’t get a picture without a flag growing out of the top of my head for some reason.
We also hiked to the top of the same box canyon I rode my bike up. We’ve done this hike a few times in each of the last two years as well.
Planning to leave here on Mar 5th and head down to Borrego Springs for a bit. After that we’ll be watching the weather to see if we can get up to northern Arizona and into Utah without freezing our butts off.