Santa Clarita - Desert Center, California
Jeff (my youngest, our number four) joins us for a lazy Christmas day of football and turkey sandwiches. Later in the day Corey (Bill's number two, our number three) and Richie (Bill's youngest, our number 6) stop by for awhile. The park is very quiet, it's 75 degrees!
|Christmas Day, 2017|
"I'm going to kick his ass!"
"Oh, okay. I haven't been in a fight in a long time."
I regain my common sense, remember he is only days from his last cataract surgery, and decide that getting back on the freeway is smarter. The idiot sees me coming and makes a right turn, cutting off another driver, to get away. He doesn't hear me yelling what a coward he is......but I'm sure he "felt my wrath."
Karma will sort him out.
The brake assist light keeps coming on and Bill gets out to disconnect it for the remainder of the trip. Hopefully it's not permanently compromised from our little incident. Breathe in, breathe out......repeat.
A short time later we find the traffic and follow it for almost an hour to Desert Hot Springs.
|I-10 East the day after Christmas|
The large slide doesn't open. Sigh.....
We know the mechanism is bad and are waiting for the new one to come in, but were really hoping it would last a couple more stops.
|A couple cold ones at early dinner improves my attitude.|
|Bill and Nancy - college buddies.|
|With two of these on either side of the lobby, the Eisenhower Medical Center in Palm Springs is quite the facility!|
In the past we have always parked in Coy's yard, but his brother Jimmy (another very good friend) retired on Thursday and his new 5er parks there now!! Along with four other high school friends, we get a space in the little RV park at Lake Tamarisk, just across the lake from the house. Perfect.
We get set up at Lake Tamarisk Desert Resort - and the large slide opens!!! What a relief for our week stay with lots of friends. A nice clean gravel and concrete space, level with 50 amp FHUs, we like it here.
Our friends Kevin and Bridgette are four spaces away, and are here for a couple months. They join us for dinner, it's great getting caught up, since we last saw them at the annual reunion in April.
Coy is back and ready to play on Friday so we all take the Jeep and ATVs out for a few hours.
|Beautiful, warm weather.|
|Bill, Coy and Kevin|
|Castle Rock where we survived many parties in our younger days.|
|Tessa doing rock impressions.....|
|Lots of slick rock to climb on.|
|Very few people know that this memorial is embedded at the top of the rocks. I've posted it before, but it's nice to know it's still here.|
|Audie and Bridgette on photographers' row.|
|Wonderful patterns in the sand and sky - and doggie photo-bomb.|
|Amazing to be hanging out with our friends of forty-five years, back where we made so many memories together.|
|Lots of signs of life in this sparse environment.|
|Looking for rocks and artifacts - and stopping to chat.|
|Bill and Patty|
|Finding shade where you can.....|
|Rita and Jodee|
|The only one to find an arrowhead - the newest "member" for our group (married to one of our school-mates) is now known as Arrowhead Audie!|
|Diane, Darla, Kevin, Shirlene and Maggie|
|All but three graduated from our high school - and those three have been with us for over thirty years!|
|Thanks for taking our photo Audie!!|
|Diane, Shirlene, Darla, and Stacey|
|Bill and Coy|
|Good night 2017!|