So, after another great night of
sleep, I was awake and rising on Friday, Jan. 5th at 6:45. Bill was
up through the night with Clemson, we don’t get the little guy’s tendencies to
piddle at 3 am, so he was still sleepy. I crept out of bed, quick washed my
face and bundled up. The open blinds indicated another sunny day coming our
way. Just what we need to keep the batteries charged. Yay!
|Crossing E. Evans highway to the hot springs|
Now I understand why this road is so noisy when road vehicles go down it!
that is not water, just rough pavement
|Sorry for the picture overload, I love this place|
|Standing on the edge of the lagoon overflow from the springs|
|The fenced in springs area|
|The shining on the palm fronds make a nice picture|
|By the size of these trunks, I can't imagine how old this lagoon and these trees are|
With the outside temperature
registering at 48F/8.8C I wore my fingerless gloves and long bum-covering
hoodie. I was toasty! I walked out and snapped a quick picture of the sun
rising to the east, just over the tops of the Dryden groups rv’s. I headed to
the E. Evan Highway and crossed it to the Hot Springs area. This is such a
breath-taking, unexpected grouping of aged palm trees circling a lagoon. The reflections
of the fronds in the water amaze me.
|I love how this picture turned out|
|More double vision, which is up?|
There were 2 young people in the springs
and one lady showering off afterwards. I didn’t want to snap pictures of them
in particular, so waited until I could focus more on the area itself. They said
the water was ‘very hot’. I have to go back for sure, later on so I can say I’ve
been there, done that. I wandered down the road towards another section of the
LTVA along the canal and met George out on one of his walks.
|To me, it is mesmerizing|
|Catching the sun from the west side of the lagoon|
|The fenced in area from a different side|
|And then I played with a Slate colour setting|
When I returned, Bill was still
sleeping and yet Clemson was up on his bed on the couch. I made myself a tea
with our Keurig, our batteries were reading 12.4 volts and would soon be
boosted to full capacity. Since I was still bundled up, I took my laptop
outside and sat under the awning. After catching up on our friend’s blogs, I
had finished my tea and moved inside to find my sweetie sitting at the table.
He’d just made his coffee.
|I chose to walk along the canal towards another part of the LTVA|
At 70F feeling like 80F, with the
light breeze it was beautiful outside and warm inside. At 10:30 I made up fried
eggs on toast for us and poured myself another tea. When dishes were cleaned
up, I was outside again with my book. Bill joined me with his second coffee and
|The 'Y' in the road|
I chose the left, it was paved
Real bookworms we are on these lazy
hazy days of winter. I’m into another James Patterson story, Alex Cross, Run
after finishing my David Baldacci one last night. I recommend First Family if
you haven’t read it. We sat and read for close to an hour when I knew I had to
get my butt out of the chair and go for a walk. I took my camera, a Royal Gala
apple and headed off to the back trail of this LTVA area.
|There were a few sites back here too and a few rv's|
When I was almost to the end, I
received a text from Suzie saying they had company, Len and Brenda, whom we
shared Christmas dinner with, so I turned around and Bill and I took our chairs
over. It was a nice informal gathering and Oscar also joined the group. This
was going to be Happy Hour for us today, even though it was only water being
consumed by Bill and I.
|The busy #8 highway overtop of me|
|Another cool picture looking at reflections and more double visions|
It was close to 2 when we came back
to the Suite and we stretched out in our recliners for what could be a catnap
before our evening out. I had a sudden pang of a headache and hate to think it
was from the Amaretto that George offered me to try but………. I’m leaning that
way. It tasted pretty good but perhaps because of not having much food in my
stomach or just a taste that didn’t sit well with me. Not all things are a good
deal for everyone.
|George and Suzie are set up just over there|
At 3:30 I moved back to the laptop at
the table and caught up here. My headache had eased even though I only rested.
We had plans to meet up with 6 other couples and drive to Holtville for the
wings special tonight for dinner.
|Clemson bounces inside then outside following his comfort zone|
|My husband 'sneakily' snapped this picture of me when I went for my afternoon walk|
The Barbara Worth Golf Course is the same
place we went last year and Bill and I ordered fish and chips instead of the
wings. We’re not wings people. My Angel wings aside. (teehee)
|Many really nice sites without going too far back into the area|
|But off the beaten path, lots of thick sand to get stuck in|
|Nice open areas|
|Goes back way farther than this|
Lori and Roland took advantage of another
great day and went for a bike ride today.
|Walking back to our site, the sky was quite pretty with sprawling clouds |
At 10 to 4 I watched them pull back into the campground. It is so nice
seeing someone truly enjoying their wheels like that. I’m sure they had a great
ride. It is 81F now and no, we certainly can’t complain about the weather this
winter has brought us.
|There we are, hidden behind the bushes|
|Early Happy Hour with George, Suzie, Bill, Oscar, Brenda and len|
It was right around 5 when we piled
into Black Beauty and followed Roland, kind of, to dinner. From the get go, it
wasn’t going to be one of the best restaurant experiences we have had, alone or
with a group. For 5 at the table and Bill, it was easy, they knew exactly what
they were getting. For Suzie, who thought something other than wings would be nice and for me
who wanted pizza or a steak sandwich, we were a bit disappointed.
|I snapped a quick one of the group tonight|
No pizza, no salmon, no rib-eye and
therefore no steak sandwich. Bummer. I ordered the fish and chips again with
Bill. They were good but a second choice isn’t always as enjoyable. Anyway, it
was a fun night, albeit the service being very slow, and it was a cheap night
out for us. At 7:10 or so, we said our goodbyes and Bill drove home in the
|seasoned fries, a nice coleslaw and 4 pcs. of fish|
Suzie got a kick out of the ‘cookies’
on our truck gps, showing us the way we came. It helps us to not get lost! We
came inside and were greeted by Clemson, after he stretched lavishly from his
position on my recliner. This indeed to show us we weren’t missed at all! “Oh?
You’re home? How lovely”.
|And then Tom took one with me in the picture|
It didn’t take long to download the
rest of today’s pictures and finish my post. This has been a nice easy day but
I still haven’t got to the hot springs for a dip. Bill isn’t keen on going in
but he has offered to go over with me so tomorrow is the day! I hope! I hope
also that you have had a good day today.
|Goodnight from our site at Hot Springs LTVA, Holtville, Ca|
Thank you for reading. Feel free to
drop a comment.
Come on Bill... jump in, the water's fine.ReplyDelete
ha ha, yah really!Delete
Love the reflection pics Pat, especially the slate color. Happy 2018! MBReplyDelete
Happy New Year MB! thank you.Delete
Beautiful pictures of the palms and their reflections in the water! We have never been to that area but now I definitely want to take a drive out there. Hmm, sounds like a future blog :-)ReplyDelete
Water reflections are so interesting and each one is different.Delete
It is such a wonderful area and the hot springs are very warm, really love it here.ReplyDelete
Really loving this weather.
Too bad about the Amaretto Suzie and I really enjoy it, no side effects for us.
Dinner was disappointing though I got my wings but have had better. Oh well we have enjoyed them there for years in the past.
Today is the day for the hot springs!Delete
No worries about the Amaretto, we are all different. :) Thanks for the test tho!
Dinner was not bad but maybe we'll have to find another place.
Beautiful pictures of the lagoon, bet it has an interesting story to tell..the hot springs look like would be nice to do, if not too many people. Too bad dinner experience wasn't the greatest. Another beautiful day!ReplyDelete
thank you, yes I don't know the story behind the lagoon. Hmmm. google search!Delete
You never know what dinner will be like, this one wasn't perfect but not a flop either.
The hot springs are fantastic and the water IS hot. I like the area where the water sprays on you. I was not ready for the beauty of the natural lagoon when I first saw it. Breathtaking. They say you can swim in it but I would think carefully. Have fun.ReplyDelete
I'm getting in today by myself or not. If it isn't crowded.Delete
Same here, it just seems to be sitting there in the middle of nowhere and I love it!
What a great spot. Tom and I have never been there; we will have to put it on our list.ReplyDelete
Today's pictures were great. Really loved the ones with the trees reflecting in the water. Though there was not a bad one in the bunch. Enjoy your dip in the Hot Springs.
Your sunshine seems as consistent as our cloudy skies, snow and cold!ReplyDelete