From LA to the Salton Sea in one week: much mileage but completely different vibes. When last we updated, I was hanging out at East Lake RV Park in LA County, hard by the 57 and 10 freeways. I finished out my week there with a few dinners with friends and by getting four new tires on the Subaru, a thing badly needed after only 25,000 miles. Turns out towing and rough roads combine to wear out tires quickly.
I landed on Friday at Hemet, much to my surprise. My parents lived here for a long time and it was the place both of them died, my mom in 2007 and my dad in 2016. Of all the places I didn’t think I wanted to go, Hemet was at the top of the list.
Turns out it was probably the best thing to do because family surrounded me all weekend. My nephew, his wife and their six year old daughter came from the next town over on Saturday and while the kid played in the trailer (she wants one now, like you can just pick this up at Toys ‘R’ Us or something!), we caught up and enjoyed a leisurely Saturday. Another nephew met up with me Friday and we had dinner and conversation after a tour of my trailer. And his brother flew in Saturday so we could have some hang time. That night, I had dinner with all of them, in Menifee, the second to the last place my parents lived. By Sunday, my brain and my heart had come to see Hemet and Menifee as places where people I love still live, rather than places of heartache and loss.
While the visit to Hemet turned out to be a good one, the RV park photo below shows that my vagabond life isn’t all glamorous campsites and ocean views! I was parked between this big white fifth-wheeler and a massive bus of an RV, with a Home Depot right behind me. Yeah, pretty. Not!
From Hemet, I slid out the 10 to Indio and beyond, setting up camp at Mecca Beach, part of the Salton Sea State Recreation Area. It’s a good time of year to visit here because it’s not too warm, so the smell of rotting fish isn’t very strong at all 🙂
I made a day trip out to Slab City and East Jesus on Monday. It was such a unique place that I’m saving those photos for this week’s Freaky Friday post.
Tuesday was kayaking day, covered in an earlier post so I’ll save you from YAPP (Yet Another Pelican Picture). Oh, wait, no I won’t.
Today I’m taking the scenic route to the northwest end of Joshua Tree National Park. Not sure if I’ll have reception there, and I know I won’t have shore power so I’ll end this weekly update here. Stay tuned for next week’s edition!
What you’ve done becomes the judge of what you’re going to do – especially in other people’s minds. When you’re traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don’t have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road.