We spent two weeks at Sky Valley Resort. The weather was always warm and sunny and we enjoyed every minute of the great pools and hot tubs. But it was time to move on and check out other places. We would really like to stay in the general area, but knowing that the snow birds are coming in just a few weeks, we had to really look at where we could spend the winter months that aren’t booked up. We hope to visit Sky Valley Resort again soon. The Black Swans were always hanging around.
Some of the nice landscaping around the resort
We experienced some of the winds that come up without warning in the desert. Instead of snow blowing across the road like in Wisconsin, there were signs warning of blowing sand…and yes, there were sand drifts on the road.
Sun setting on the mountains.
So we moved on and East. Stayed one night at a casino not to far down the road. Nice place, but tight slots!! Figured since it was free, we’d at least drop $10 at the slots. It’s cheaper than staying at a Walmart where we always end up spending way more than that! We drove to a place in Oasis, CA…well try to find that on the GPS, it doesn’t seem to exist. We found out it is actually in Thermal, CA…but if you read the brochure from the campground…it’s refered to as Themal….hmm, something tells me that there is a reason this places is so empty… no one can really tell where the heck it is unless you call them. Seriously, there are probably 13 motorhomes/campers here and only 6 of those are occupied. It is right across from the Salton Sea, we can see it from our kitchen window. The Salton Sea is shallow, saline lake right on the San Andreas Fault. So far we haven’t felt any earthquakes but there has been quite a few since we have been in CA. Just to small to feel. There is an odd smell that comes and goes a few times a day. There seems to be some debate on whether is is coming from a a company called Bio Mass (a compost place in the area) or from the Sea itself releasing gases and the fish die off from the bottom. It doesn’t last long, and really hard to explain, but it is pretty smelly. Other than that, the place is quite, small and has a ton of fruit. I have been picking tangelos, lemons and this fruit called Dalandan, it looks like a lime but taste like an orange. There are grapefruit trees everywhere however they aren’t in season until January. It’s also nice to have grass for the dogs again, but with grass in the desert, you have sprinkler systems…they go off way to often so the grass is always wet and we and the dogs tend to drag in a lot of dirt and stuff…wiping off the feet and the dogs feet is a must. Really don’t see why they have to go off as often as they do..and they are on for only 5 minutes. Would think one longer soaking would make more sense, at least that way, we wouldn’t have to move our chairs and mats outside so often during the day.
Sprinkler system. Patti got nailed by this on our first day here…not a happy camper!
Dogs are having a ball! Ozzie is always on top of the couch checking out the other people and dogs.
Sami is always by Steve’s side…can you say Daddy’s girl???
Resident here at the park.
We are here through the weekend…working on figuring out where to go next.
Hope Saint Nick is good to you all!