Last time I posted an entry of our 35 day road trip; (http://journals.aol.com/lsfp1960/LindasWorld/entries/2007/05/16/part-nineour-arizona-home-for-two-days--a-surprise-birthday-party/1644) we were spending the night in a gravel parking lot behind a gas station in Quartszite, AZ because we couldn't find anyone awake at any of the RV parks. We woke up the next morning (Monday April 23rd) and after having our coffee and eating some breakfast in the camper, we set out to investigate Quartszite. There wasn't much to see because there were not very many people left in town. The "snow birds" had left for the most part. The population of this little town really swells during the winter months. Most of the shops (even the Thrift Shop) were closed. We did find a few open air stands open and they had some great "close-out" prices but we didn't really find anything we wanted.
We reached the California border about 12:15pm. We were both anxious to get to Pasadena, to Bob's daughter & son-in-law's house. Anxious to see them and anxious to see the two teenage grandkids.
Thirty miles east of Indio, CA we stopped at the General George Patton Memorial Museum. We didn't go into the museum but we walked around and looked at the outdoor displays. We were just anxious to keep going at this point. But it was good to get out & stretch our legs.
Later in the afternoon, in the Palm Springs, CA area we passed hundreds of acres of windmills. It was fascinating to watch them as we passed by. And I was amazed to see huge ones, next to little ones. They were all sizes.
Finally at about 6pm, we pulled up to the gate of Bob's daughter Hope and son-in-law Jerry's house. Bob called the house on his cell phone and the gate was opened and we were warmly greeted by his 16 yr old grandson and 13 yr old grand daughter. Hope was out running some errands and arrived shortly after we got there. Jerry was working late and we didn't get to see him until the next day. It was good to be "home." That family makes you feel so welcome, you really do feel like you're home. We decided keep sleeping in the camper rather than haul all our stuff into the house. We were just right outside their kitchen door and locked safely inside the yard.
In this entry I've included some pictures of the beautiful flowers blooming in the beautiful city of Pasadena, one of the oldest In-N-Out burger stands and the Avon Pasadena Branch building where, for over 30 years I've sent an order every two weeks. A couple years ago, I even emailed my order from Hope & Jerry's house just a couple miles from the Avon building.
In the next entry, I'll tell you about some of our adventures around the area.
NOTE; I'M USING THE "KEN BURNS" FORMAT FOR THE PICTURES, SO YOU ARE ABLE TO CLICK ON THEM AND READ THE CAPTIONS.
Until next time........Linda