In the Desert
Trip Start Jul 07, 2008
25Trip End Jun 07, 2009
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Where I stayed
Sam's Family Spa
I'm wishing you all the happy's rolled together. Soltice, Hannekah, Christmas, Kwanza, boxing day and any others I may have missed. It is a quiet day for us, a walk, a swim. The skies are quite dark so I don't know if I will make my traditional Christmas hike.
We've been in Desert Hot Springs for a week today. It was a bit tricky crossing LA, and getting around the mountains, but thanks to google earth I found the route with the least elevation and got us there without running into snow on the highways. We are nestled in a valley surrounded by hills and mountains. The mountains and hills have been covered in snow. Like elsewhere, an unheard of event.
The desert left me gasping with it's delicate beauty. I'm so accustomed to the obvious beauty of the ocean and lush forests of the Pacific Coast. Here the beauty is more delicate
We are staying at Sam's Family Spa and it lives up to it's name. Family. We've met a couple who have a daughter the same age as Isabelle. It has been great fun, we had dinner together last night and the girls played together for hours. One of the mothers, Leah is a professional cyclist so she is training every day, the other mom Rhonda is with Melina so we've gone out and about together.
From here we go to San Diego for a couple of weeks and then we'll come back to the desert for a while. We get to go camping with my niece Stefanie, I miss her so much and am really looking forward to seeing her.
I go in to this New Year with gentle hope and gratitude. As we settle down into this life of smallness, in our 8 x 23 foot existence I find myself more grateful everyday. I am so thankful for the internet and this gift of connection.
Wishing you the best,
Love and Gratitude, Renee and Isabelle
Choose Empathy over Apathy.