Surprise - Quartzsite, Arizona - Banning, California
An easy 71 miles west on Interstate 10 takes us to one of our favorite parks - White Tank Regional Park, near Surprise, Arizona. While the blooming Saquaros are beautiful, the terrain is very, very dry. And very hot!
|Dryer than we've ever seen here.|
|We wondered if crested saquaros bloomed so went looking for the one we know is near #2 parking area.|
|The crested is looking pretty sad, and yes there are blooms, which are also looking a bit sad. Now we know!|
Carlos O'Brien's has good food and margaritas, and we all enjoy getting caught up since the reunion in April. After dinner we head to Kristy's house to see a video she's working on. We promise not to spill the beans on the project, and very much enjoy what she has so far.
|Bill, Jodee, Kristy, Patty, Cyndee and Rocky - friends forever!|
We head into town for a few errands on Saturday, including getting Tessa a much needed bath. The self-serve bathing stations in more and more places are such a nice option. It's definitely hot and we're looking forward to moving on in the morning.
|Yes, it's a dry heat. Yes, it's still hot.|
The reason we stopped here is for another meet up with high school pals. Mike and Bill were classmates, as were Rita and I. We always have such a good time with them!!
|Mike, Bill and Rita. I don't just love her because she's shorter than me :-)))|
|Kevin and Bill have been best friends for 50 years.|
Clouds greet us when we leave the Coachella Valley, and the temps drop significantly. After triple digit temps, we're thrilled to find 65 degrees at the Stage Coach KOA! This is a small and pretty park with large trees and views of the foothills below the San Joaquin Mountains. $45 is steep for the location, but we find most KOA's are.
Yep, we're meeting more high school friends here too! Several live in close proximity and they all get together on a regular basis. We're happy they can "come out and play" on the night we're in town.
|Bill, Marc and Victoria, Eric and Stacy, and Shirlene and Tommy. Love them all!|
Now we're on to Valencia for the very best visits of all - grands and kiddos!!