Being here near Palm Springs feels like we are already home. This is one of our go-to places for a getaway while we are home based and even though we are still technically full-timing across the country, it definitely feels like our trip is all but over. Officially, it will be in a couple of days but it is hard for us to make that distinction. We still won’t have a house to move into for a couple of weeks but we will be sleeping under a roof supported by walls sitting on a concrete foundation at Marlene’s parents house.
Let’s try something new in this post. How about I start with a nice scenic shot of the beautiful campsite we stayed at for 8 nights before jumping into the details. Ahhhhhh….. Lake Cahuilla. I don’t know how to pronounce you but I surely adore you.
OK, on I go with the rest of the story…
We packed up this morning and left Lake Cahuilla County Park knowing that it was our last night before getting back to see some family. But we still have a long day of activities before that happens. We are here in the Palm Springs area to relax but also to attend the annual Vintage Trailer Show at Modernism Week.
The spring is a perfect time to come here to Palm Springs. We didn’t actually think we would be here this soon but because of a firm work deadline, we are here. Actually it worked out pretty great because the Palm Springs Modernism Week is happening right now as well the Vintage Trailer Show this weekend.
The girls slept hard and woke up refreshed after our day at the Ace Hotel. We are expecting a few more days of warm weather here in the desert so we are going to take full advantage of it. That means we are going back to the Ace Hotel for more.
Since we got back from our southwest trip last fall to the hot air balloon festival in Albuquerque, we have been letting the Mish sit and rot away on the driveway. Not because we didn’t want to hit the road but we just had way too many other things to think about for the time being. But now, the time has come. We are on the road again. Even if it is only for 10 days.
In 2 weeks, the annual Modernism Week event will be back at Palm Springs along with the vintage trailer show. Our visit last year got us up close and personal to some of the most amazing vintage trailers we have ever seen. With the baby due in just 3 months, we need to get a good week of camping in before things get really hectic. So we did it, we booked 7 nights at our favorite campground in the Coachella Valley, Lake Cahuilla County Park.
We have been asked a few times about nice places to camp in southern California. We spent a lot of time on the road so we actually don’t have a ton of experience locally. That said, we do have some favorite spots we’d like to share from this part of the country. Some of these places we regularly visit while others we have only been once or twice. Nonetheless, we can not wait to go again whenever we get a chance. Here is a run down of a few of our favorite local camping spots.
(Yes, these are Yoda’s favorites too. )
When Mila was just a month old, we took her on her first camping trip to a little county park we found in the city of La Quinta, CA called Lake Cahuilla County Park. It was one of the make-or-break tests that we needed to confirm before we felt comfortable for our 4-month long cross country trip. It worked out great and Mila was a natural in the Airstream.
During our last trip to Palm Springs, we were surprised at how the local public swimming holes were all out of commission for the season. Being that it was still in the low to mid 90s, we were on a mission to take a dip somewhere.
Lucky for us, our friend Nicole, who was camping with us for the first couple of days on this trip, had a nice little plan for us. Her parents Ray and Verna, recent retirees, decided to get themselves a room at the near by La Quinta Resort & Club for a night.