Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Feb. 17 to Feb. 26

Finally here we are back to update the blog. BLMing is great on the pocketbook but without electricity and regular wifi we can't update the blog very often.

We were back on the road yesterday - didn't go to far just north up the 111. We said goodbye to Holtville and the friends we met there after our 10 day stay. We really enjoyed the hotspring there but have gotten a little hotspringed out - just a little though. 

A hi and a goodbye to the great folks at the Cornerstone Community Church in Holtville. We enjoyed two Sundays there and found that the Holy Spirit was in the House! We would attend this Church if we lived here. Pastor James Porterfield's sermons were inspiring - we particularly enjoyed last Sunday's discussion on Ephesians ch. 4 verse 29. Thanks to James and Anne Porterfield and the others for their hospitality. God Bless you! 

We missed some photos from our trip through Arizona between Tombstone and Holtville so we will include them here. After Tombstone we stayed at the Picacho State Park Arizona just off of Interstate 10 just past Tucson. A really nice park but expensive at $20 a night with just electricity. It would be nice to go back some time since there are many hiking trails. We then kept heading west though to Yuma. On the way we stopped in Gila Bend - one of our favourite stops two years ago when we stayed at the Space Age Lodge. It is a Best Western designed by a NASA space engineer. We don't have a photo of the great pool and hot tub under the palm trees. 

Just before Yuma we stopped in at Dateland. We are including a photo of Derek under the date palms. A short stop - gas, photo and yummy prickly pear milkshake - tastes like strawberry. We opted out of the date shake that time - but here at Salton Sea we may give it a go.

After our quick stop in Yuma to visit our friend Marvin we headed to Holtville.

Now in Salton Sea we are enjoying the hot temperatures - 86 F today 30 C! Wowwy! We have a great site at the Salton Sea Rec area - after turning down the electric sites to head for another spot the camp host told us about a little spot at the group area that we could park! We have beach front property all to ourselves for $7 a night! We love it! Salton Sea has quite the history - we recommend that you google it - a salt water lake. The best of both worlds water surrounded by the desert. Lots of agriculture in this area - we are 228 feet below sea level. 

Thursday we are off to Palm Springs to find an old friend of Dereks and to visit the great open air market/farmer's market that someone told us about. We will be in this area for a week or so and then will head off to between Quartzsite and Parker Arizona - back to BLMing! We are going to get ourselves set up with a solar panel there - we seem a bit out of place in a BLM without one!

All for now - enjoy the photos! Drop us a line - we enjoy hearing from everyone!

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