Monday, December 12, 2016

Southern California Fun

It's our ninth day here at Catalina Spa Resort in Desert Hot Springs, CA. Time is going by quickly.  And it has been a busy time.  We've linked up with friends and taken in some nice activities and logged many more miles on the motorcycle. 
Our site in Catalina Resort and Spa, Desert Hot Springs, CA
It will be interesting to see what improvements the new owner will bring to the Catalina Spa. The resort is not busy now but the rush of snow birders will likely change that in the new year.

We are enjoying our RV spot but are looking forward to moving into the next RV resort.
This Wednesday, December 14th, we will leave Desert Hot Springs to roll into a great spot in the beautiful Outdoor Resort Golf and Spa, in Cathedral City (next door to the city of Palm Springs).  That will be our home till the end of March, 2017.
The Resort is sited on 137 beautifully landscaped acres featuring 27 holes of par 3 executive golf, 14 lighted tennis courts, Pickle Ball, 8 swimming pools and spas, a dog run, fully equipped fitness center, showers, espresso bar, beauty salon, barbershop, full-service cafe, and 2 clubhouses with a commercial kitchen and full bar.  There is a full schedule of activities including live entertainment dinner dances, themed parties, bingo, mahjong, Texas hold'em tournaments, motorcycle riding, and bicycle and hiking groups.
Looking forward to the golf rounds here.
The resort borders the neighboring cities of Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Rancho Mirage, etc.
With 27 holes of golf, I plan to take full advantage and play the 18 hole course three or four times per week.
This resort is beautifully manicured.  There is no sand or dirt.  Other than paved roads and concrete RV sites, everything else is landscaped green grass and thousands of palm trees. 
Jeanette is checking out the site we rented.
Although we had not firmed up any sites (or made any reservations) for our winter getaway, we had let some friends know that if a spot would come up for rent in Outdoor Resort, we would be interested.  Only a few days prior to rolling away from home - this past mid-November - we took a call from an Alberta couple who offered their site.  It took little time for us to bite on this good deal.
One of the eight pools and hot tubs is located directly across from our site.  It also includes a change room, showers, sauna, laundry and more.
Jeanette and I rolled into the resort and got permission to check out the site in advance of moving there.  It is a great lot with table/chairs, outdoor heater, water fountain and more.  The site also comes with an electric golf cart.  And we are free to use it. Bonus! I will be walking the golf courses though.
It is a very long and wide site.
The pool and spa across from our site.

A view or our RV lot from the pool parking area.
Now familiar with the site and the resort, we look forward to rolling in and setting up.
Limited wind and dust will be appreciated.
It can be difficult to get into Outdoor Resort due to the demand for sites.  While checking out our site, a couple approached us to ask if we would be willing to rent it out.  Imagine that? 

We have several friends who call this park home during the winter months.  The lots are privately held.  And for several years now, we have been riding with a nice group of motorcyclists from this park.

We'll have more to share on and about Outdoor Resort in the weeks ahead.
Between meeting up with friends and enjoying some nice motorcycle rides, I did want to reserve at least one day to detail our 5th wheel.  Although I washed it, the truck and motorcycle, following our arrival in the Arizona desert, the water leaves white spots.  Detailing brought the shine back...!
The National Monument Visitor Center in south Palm Desert
We rode out here to learn about the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto mountains and to check out the numerous hikes this area offers. And there are endless hiking trails to suit all users. We'll be back.

Taking in the Sunday car show in Old Town La Quinta
Last Sunday had us meet up with Bill and Anne at Outdoor Resort.  We motorcycled out to Old Town La Quinta, on a beautiful mid-70s day, for what proved to be a nice display of beautifully restored or modified vintage cars.
I have always liked the 57 Chevy.
A great backdrop with palm trees and mountains.
I am partial to restored old pickups.  This Ford was stunning.
It is rare to find or even get to see an original 1965 Ford Cobra.  There are many replicas to be seen but this original was a treat to gawk at. It is in pristine condition.
We entertained too.  Here we are enjoying a nice outdoor lunch at our spot.
A view of the San Jacinto Mountains from our RV site in Catalina RV Spa
Back to the car show, here are a few other models some of you may enjoy looking at.
This beautifully restored Royal Enfield motorcycle was BC plated.  I am sure the owner trailored it down here from back home in British Columbia.

Jeanette was attracted to this Ford.  It brought back nice memories of riding in her father's identical car, as a young girl.  She remarked how they often took rides, with their mom at the wheel, when they would go visit her maternal grandmother.
This fella has been hanging around this car for a long time.....and the current owner is now looking for a new owner.
It would be a nice ride.....with the rumble seat out back.  It's for sale!
After leaving the car show, Anne/Bill and Jeanette/me rode out further east and south and into Lake Cahuilla Recreation Area.  It is surprising how many locals and/or tourists don't know about this little gem.  
It is a beautiful 710-acre park set amid expansive lawns and picturesque mountain views.  It's a great spot for a daytime picnic and there is a nice RV park.

Jeanette, Anne and Bill get a good look at the lake.
And that concludes this blog.  We are planning a long motorcycle ride up the San Jacinto Mountains and into Temecula on Tuesday.  Anne and Bill are joining us for what should be a very nice daytime ride into another favourite area we enjoy in southern California.  More on that later.

Thanks for dropping by.


  1. Wow--you guys have been busy! The Outdoor Resort looks beautiful--no dust is a definite plus in my book!

  2. Good catch on the new site. We're sure you'll have a great time.

  3. Looks like a wonderful place for your winter stay with the golf course and friends, enjoy. We enjoy Catalina spa when we are in that area.

  4. Well I am happy you are happy I am sad we didn't get that visit in last year because it sounds like this year is out. Enjoy your stay.