Indio, California

Tuesday January 1st 2019

Dean and I wish you all a very happy holiday season. May 2019 bring goodwill, good health and happiness to us all.

We racked up nearly 9 ,000 miles this year in the Beast.  It was time to renew our South Dakota drivers licenses which we have to do in person once every five years. It was a good opportunity to visit Deans brother Monty and his lovely spouse Kathy in Chicago and also check out old family homesteads in Iowa. We even made a quick trip into Canada to visit good friends Tom and Jan.

Of course we managed to seek out three National Parks that we had never visited in the Northeast. Only two left in the lower 48 States and those are in Colorado. There are 60 National Parks altogether and we have managed to explore 50 so far, and many of them multiple times.  We plan on driving back to Alaska this year so hope to snag a couple more on that trip.

Dean and I  finally deleted our Facebook accounts. With the breaches, hacks and unwanted advertising it got to be a hassle.  Sorry to miss any news and pictures you may post.  However you can always catch up us with through this blog or email. I have a new email address:

I always enjoy seeing the huge windmill farms as we come through the Pass into the Palm Springs area. The Gorgonia Pass is one of the windiest places in California. 

Jay and Maya  popped down for a one day visit. We went on a pretty neat hike that had some ladders and twisty bits. Maya was in her element.

I was surprised how calm she was being hauled up ladders….

…and belayed down cliffs.

This hike was like a moonscape.

On another hike we found this bubbling stream which is unusual for the desert.

It flowed into a small oasis of California Fan Palms.

We were very happy Jay and Maya managed to spend a few days with us over Christmas. It was so much fun hiking the slots with them both.

Lots of scrambling through the narrow bits.

Of course we had Jay carry all the water and food on the hikes. Deans back appreciated the rest.

There have been many beautiful winter sunsets lately.  This is the pretty view from our campsite.  We are facing a nice little golf course.

Jay got to practice his short game. The Beast is in the background.

I made pumpkin and peanut butter dog biscuits for Maya and she enjoyed every one.

We had a tiny rainfall a couple of weeks back and now some lovely color is popping up in the desert.

Goodbye California, moving on to Yuma in Arizona. 








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15 Responses to Indio, California

  1. Maxine Davis says:

    Love your adventures! We are in Bullhead for the winter. Back to Grants Pass for Christmas.
    Happy New Year!!

  2. Melvin kirkwood says:

    Happy New Year! Thank you for sharing another adventure with us. It’s good to travel with you as you cover the country and beyond. We hope you have s better year this year than the last. See you both soon we hope.

  3. Debbi Hanchett says:

    So fun to get to spend some time with you guys. Safe travels until we meet again ❤️

  4. Robin says:

    Happy new year. So fun to see everything you get into. I always your post. Health happiness and safe travels in 2019. I hope to see you this year. Hugs to you both.

  5. Janell Wheelock says:

    Happy New Year to you as well! We got as far as Molokai enroute to Australia with my mom’s ashes then news of Kevins mother in Hospice Care. We turned around and returned to Bremerton and after 3 days driving we are in Escondido, CA. In our new little Airstream. Still reading the manuals so perhaps will cook here tonight?!? Nothing organized yet. We will most likely be here a month or even more. Who knows? Not sure which direction you are going but if in this part of the country please let us know. 🥂all the best and keep in touch. Janell and Kevin

    Sent from my iPhone


    • Sorry to hear about Kevins mom. Boy we just missed you as we spent December in Indio which is only a hop and a skip from Escondido, relatively speaking. We are gonna be in Yuma for Jan then San Felipe Mexico Feb and March. Heading to Zion for part of May and then slowly up to Alaska for summer. Back down through Washington and in Oregon for latter part of September and then down coast of California again and maybe back in Indio for winter. That’s the plan anyway and we all know how those can change.

  6. Madhu says:

    Happy new year to both of you. Seems like 2019 will be on west coast. Enjoy .

  7. Gina Gluth says:

    Happy New Year, Rose and Dean. Love reading and seeing your pictures. Jay is looking good too, hope he is enjoying his job. We are off again to Australia in a couple of weeks, will send you an email then. Al and Alex have eventually bought a house, so that makes stopping over there easier, they need Eric to help out with the do-it-yourself stuff and me to look after the kids, no probs there. Will definitely face time when we get there, so you can meet the Ozzie side of the family. Love, Health & happiness to you both xxxxxxxxxGina

  8. Donna says:

    Hi it’s me donna

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