Got a lot done Monday. We finally submitted the kids’ applications for passport cards. Then we went to a mall in Palm Desert for Hot Dog on a Stick. The cheese stick and lemonade were exactly the same. And we got wifi for the RV! Woo hoo!
Yesterday we took the kids to Joshua Tree National Park. Max said it was the best day of his life. He loved climbing the rocks and staying on the lookout for snakes and tarantula. It was crazy windy. Our second stop in the park was Keys View. You’re supposed to be able to see the Salton Sea and the San Andreas Fault, and some mountain in Mexico. I couldn’t stand there more than a second because I was freaked out by the wind. A couple people were standing at the viewpoint when we struggled up, and there was a moment I looked at this woman who was laughing while trying to stay upright, and an image of her blowing backward over the edge went through my mind. I pulled Anne’s hand behind me as I made my way back to the car.
We may go back this morning so the kids can get their junior ranger badges. Maybe we’ll try that view again. I didn’t try to take a picture. I didn’t want to hold my phone up for the wind to take. The kids were talking about how windy it was as we drove away. Max said it was the best day ever and that was the windiest place he’d ever been, Anne said you don’t want to play cards up there. John was afraid John’s jacket was going to get blown up and carry him away. He sat on the wall at the viewpoint, and again, I had to turn around and walk away.
We decided to eat after a stop to see Skull Rock. There were two picnic spots to choose from, Split Rock and Live Oak. Although the map showed the Live Oak road as unpaved, it was the Split Rock road that was gravel. John didn’t like it, but we drove it. It was too windy to sit at a table, so I kinda sat in the back with the hatch up, like I was tailgating. The kids took pieces of food and ate while walking around the area, climbing and exploring. I’m surprised, and disappointed, we didn’t see any critters.
We went on a Tuesday, mid-November, and it was pretty busy. The visitor center was full of people watching a video about the plants and animals in the park. We weren’t alone for more than a minute at a time on the trails or near the named rocks. John loved the road in the park. He said it was perfect for a Lotus something, smooth and curvy.
John talked me into going to the hot tub after dinner last night. We sat in the one on the family side because it was the warmest, but with the pergola we couldn’t see the stars. I took a shower with my suit on.
Keeping myself clean has been a challenge. It usually involves walking a bit, carrying a towel, shower supplies, and something clean to put on, then walking back to the RV wet. I had a hard enough time just getting out of the shower to dry off at home. It’s too cold outside a nice warm shower. Now I have to get out in a big cold community bathroom, dry myself off, get shoes on, which will be wet. Ugh. And we can’t just throw the girls in a tub and come back a half hour later.
So we’ve been on the road for a month. I’m hoping we don’t develop a travel hangover this week. I think the kids have been doing great. There haven’t been any real tantrums or fits of homesickness. We mailed postcards to their friends when we went to do passports. We leave here Friday for 9 days in San Diego, then Phoenix to see my mom. After Arizona we’ll drive to New Mexico where we plan to park the RV for a car trip to Denver for Christmas.
The kids got their junior ranger badges. We went back to Keys View where there were a bunch of German motorcyclists admiring the view while smoking cigarettes.
I wonder if these guys notice how things are just a little bit different in each place we visit.
Just confirmed my reservation for $2500 of Square’s IPO. That was the maximum allowed. It starts trading tomorrow. This will be fun. We get to watch it climb and fall, and listen to all the talk about it.
I got the kids to take a picture like the cover of U2’s Joshua Tree album. That was fun.