Lighting up the New Year!
Trip Start Jan 01, 2007
116Trip End Dec 31, 2007
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which should have been an omen to Rose that it wasn't a good day to get her hair cut - but she ignored it, and has been whining ever since that she was scalped! That's been one of the little adjustments necessary to this lifestyle - you just never know where your next haircut will be, nor do you know how well the stylist will listen to your description of what you want. A small price to pay for a life of travel and fun, but an irritation, nonetheless!
On Saturday (the 6th), we drove back to Riverside, having promised our friends Gary and Kathy that we'd help them with a household project they'd been working on for a while. That evening, we went out to dinner with them to the Historic Mission Inn in Riverside, a fabulous historic building, http://www.missioninn.com/hotel.php which is one of Rose's
The next afternoon, we went to Fantasy Springs Casino, near our RV park in Indio, looking forward to enjoying a country music band and the Balloon Glow, the closing event of the Red, White and Blue Polo and Balloon Festival, which had been scheduled for the entire weekend. Unfortunately, the wind had manged to force them to cancel each morning's mass ascension of the 50 balloons, and, as the time for the Balloon Glow drew near (where the balloons are "inflated" but tethered to the ground, lit by the propane torches that provide the hot air that makes them fly), it was determined that the winds were too strong even for that event. Instead, they had what they called a "Candle Burn",
...it was a fund-raiser for the families of Marines at 29 Palms Marine Base near here, and one of the best parts (but of course, the only time my video and sound feature didn't work on my camera) was when they played a recording of the Marine Band's rendition of the Marine Hymn, and the torches lit in time to the music.
Last night was one of the first nights in a month or more that was not cold enough to require our furnace and/or heater be running all night long. It's actually supposed to be up around 80 degrees again tomorrow, so we might get to the swimming pool for the first time since Thanksgiving. However, it is supposed to cool down again later this week, getting below freezing at night and only up to the 60's during the days. Hard to believe it's actually been warmer in the NorthEast and MidWest many of the past weeks than it's been here in Southern California!