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May 31, 2018 - The beginning of Summer Season

On the 14th of May we registered at Silent Valley for the duration of the summer. Larry completed the employee paperwork and became Ranger 10. The funny part about that number is that there is a feral cat in the park (Rodent Control is his job) whose name is "Ranger Ten". Since it is Springtime in the mountains, everything is lovely. There are flowering Yucca plants all along the mountain. The trees are budding their leaves, the hummingbirds are out and they are hungry. The Raccoons have made babies and are occasionally out and about. The...

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Apr 28, 2018 - Silent Valley for couple days

This morning Daisy took her time walking on the moist grass along the river. We left by 8:30 a.m. and it was an easy drive but very windy the last hour through the Palm Springs area. Did you know about The Cabazon Dinosaurs? I got a photo of one as we passed by. The Cabazon Dinosaurs have long been regarded as one of the most iconic roadside attractions. Featured in cult classics such as Pee Wee Herman’s Big Adventure and The Wizard, the dinosaurs staked their place in pop culture. Mr. Rex’s Dinosaur Adventure includes a dinosaur exhibit...

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Feb 28, 2018 - February in Silent Valley

We stayed up at Silent Valley for the month of February. The park is quiet but for the sounds of nature. Oh, and the sound of workers extending the length of some sites. When the park was built, RV's were shorter so some of the sites are too short to accommodate the larger modern motorhomes and 5th wheel trailers. They are extending some of the sites with gravel to see how they will hold up before extending more. While there we are visiting with friends Eric, Ron & Tina and others as they came up to camp. Mid February the weather got...

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Jan 19, 2018 - January in the mountains

We left Garden Grove Elks RV parking on January 2nd to relax at our membership campground, Silent Valley Club in the mountains above Banning, CA. The weather was crisp and cool, and we often were in the cloud layer at our altitude of 3,500'. The local mountain tops to the north (San Gorgonio) and the south (San Jacinto) both has a layer of snow on top. We enjoyed the quiet, restful campground full of singing bird, the Mallard ducks arriving to make their home for the summer, and Red Tail hawks soaring thru the park looking for small...

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Oct 8, 2017 - Halloween Decorations

We came up to Silent Valley Club, our membership campground to chill out for a month for free. This is a very popular season for our club as members lavishly decorate their sites, especially the main road side sites. There are many categories such as most lights, most scary, best theme, best animation, best animation and lights, etc. All day on Friday, before the Trick or Treat on Saturday, the campers pick up a ballot and walk around with the list of decorated sites and their category and vote on them. There are ones that are better seen...

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Sep 26, 2016 - Banning, California

Last travel day, end of summer travels. We crossed into California, traveled past the chocolate Mountains to the south (east of Salton Sea), then over Chiriaco Summit to see Coachella Valley come into view. Palm Springs is at the north-west end of Coachella Valley. We headed up the hill to Silent Valley Club in the San Jacinto Mountians, to stay for about a month before going down into Orange County to attend my 50th High School Reunion - what? How did I get that old? Seems to be a theme lately. I enjoyed the swimming pool in the mornings...

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May 10, 2016 - Back up to the mountains

We came back up to Silent Valley to use some days of our membership, much cheaper than staying at the lodge. The weather was gorgeous and spring was blooming. There were sounds of bees and birds in the trees. The Mallard pairs that summer in our fishing pond, walk around the park daily. One couple had the first duckling of the season. We only saw one duckling with a mother who was being very protective. We also saw "Ranger Ten" the cat, doing his job, watching for a gopher. Daisy tried daily to chase squirrels, never catching them and...

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Mar 20, 2016 - Up to Silent Valley

We went up to Silent Valley for about 2 weeks, enjoying the warm springs days. Daisy met two of the feral cats that go after the gophers in the park. The Golden male is called Ranger Ten and the Black/White female is his girlfriend. Both were a little stand-offish but warmed to Daisy’s slow approach. Every time we go for a walk, she is looking for the kitties.

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Jul 18, 2015 - Lytle Creek CA

We moved over from Silent Valley to Lytle Creek on Tuesday the 14th. Got a campsite on the catfish lake. We are about 7 miles off I-15 where the big fire jumped the Interstate and burned 20+ vehicles. We are not in danger but see the DC 10 going over to go and make retardant drops. This morning another fire broke out, near Wrightwood. Again we are ok, but it will be nice to get out of this area next Tuesday when we will begin our way north. Sorry we don't have anything more interesting to report. Today we are expecting stormy weather from...

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Jun 19, 2015 - Out of the desert heat

We got off to a slow start due to an unexpected delay. Carl picked up the RV from storage and on the way home blew a tire. The tire did $5K damage to the RV and although it was useable, we did not want to start out with the damage. It took 2 weeks to get repaired and we finally got out of the over just in time, last Sunday the 14th. Discount Tire made good on the tire that blew and gave us credit on the others as we upgraded the tires. The "old" tires were all of about 1 year with 5,000 miles on them. So here we are in Silent Valley, up...

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Apr 27, 2015 - Up to Silent Valley for the summer

We had a lovely drive today along a very scenic highway that we have never taken before. It is nice to get off the major interstates and see the back country. Lots of ranches full of horses and cattle, many small farms and orchards. There was some very interesting geology along the way. We came through Hemet Valley from the south, then into the Banning Pass and up to Silent Valley Club which will be our home for the next six months. Larry will be working in the Snack Bar and we'll be saving lots of money by not traveling.

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Feb 23, 2015 - Up to Silent Valley Club

We arrived in Silent Valley on the 19th to lovely weather to use some of our (free) membership days, but it didn’t last long. We started to have cooler temps and waking up to being in the cloud layer, and then some rain and hail storms. But while we were there the first few days, I was amazed with all the spring flowers and flowering trees. Our friend Eric was up here in Silent Valley and he and Larry enjoyed watching the Daytona 500 race together. Later the rain and clouds took away our satellite reception. We were having trouble with our...

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