After Carlsbad, I drove back to Indio, CA. Indio is another of the towns around Palm Springs. As I mentioned previously I like this area. Well this time, I stayed at a Spa. Well, actually I stayed at Sam’s Family Spa Hot Water Resort. It is a motel, mobile home park and campground all built around several hot mineral water springs. In addition to the therapeutic hot mineral water pools, they have a great pool.
I did a bit of hiking around the area, but I particularly enjoyed the pool.
There was a very interesting nature preserve in the nearby town of Thousand Palms. Of course I have heard of oasis in deserts, but I don’t think I have ever seen one. In the Coachella Valley Preserve, they have a couple of oasis, with lots of palms - California Fan Palms. They are interesting, the dead palm fronds don’t usually fall off but just hang from the trunk of the tree.
Next I’m headed back to Lake Cahuilla county park (only about 45 minutes away) for a couple of weeks. I hope to revisit Joshua Tree National Park, the Living Desert Museum and visit several places that I didn’t get to see when I was there before.