What a wonderful winter the Captain, Admiral & Contessa had in the desert of Southern California! We arrived on Saturday after Thanksgiving to our “new to us” haven at Desert Shores Motorcoach Resort in Indio, CA. Settling in took a couple months; but with the resources for a myriad of consignment shops and every retail outlet you could possibly imagine within 5 miles, a shell that had been neglected for several years began to take shape.
We had been here May of last year and contracted for some work to be done on the patio, including a pergola (essential for shade in the desert), outdoor kitchen and fire pit relocation, as well as repairs on a variety of “opportunities” that a neglected property provides. We were so thankful that when we arrived, the work done on the patio was everything we wanted, completed on time and under budget! We spent weeks with Emmanuel & his boys from EQ Landscaping, Jeff at Desert Lighting Solutions and a wide array of opportunities that begins to make this place “ours”.
Our “backyard” with the fountain & island in the lake behind us –
you can see our neighbors across the lake
We had a marvelous season and met some great new friends. And, just as in our boating years, having the shared experience of motorcoaching provides a camaraderie and connection that we truly enjoy. We also found a church home here in the desert in St. John’s Episcopal Church only about 4 miles from home. It is a small mission church with a compelling focus on multi-cultural celebration and inclusion. We are so blessed to have a loving church family in both places we call home!
We flew home for Easter and returned to the desert in mid-May. Contessa had been at “the spa” getting some loving attention – new carpet, upholstery and some minor repairs on her air conditioning. She is a happy girl and as ready to “get going” as we are! So, tomorrow, Sunday, May 26, we’ll hitch “the Toad” (Jeep) to her and we will be on our way! First stop – North Phoenix for one night and then to Sedona, AZ!