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Nov 16, 2014 - Farewell Thermal, Indio here we come!

First, the pictures that went to Neverland were saved by Google (yippee!). I know some people have issues with the cloud, but today it made me happy! So, the above pictures are from a number of days this last week. We've decided our time in Thermal and Oasis Palms RV Park is done. We were going to stay another week, but it is not close to anything, so we're going to move up to a park in Indio, not far, but hopefully closer to stores, etc. so we can ride our bikes to things. It has been a great week, very relaxing. We'll miss the relaxed...

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Nov 14, 2014 - Kicking Back

Just so some don't think we've gone off and hidden away in Mexico, a short update on what we've done since arriving in Thermal California. The washer/dryer combination unit which was virtually brand new still, we took it apart after just doing one load a wash... the drum doesn't seem to turn. No easy fix here, will need to take it in to get serviced. That took half a day. Then the next day we washed the outside of the RV. Curling broom and bucket and 80 degree temperatures in the sun... whew, another almost half day. Yesterday we pulled up...

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Nov 10, 2014 - Still heading south in California

Camping or as we call it, having flexibility with whom you share your space is a wonderful thing. If you don't like the kids next door you move. IF you don't like the noise it's easy, you move. If you don't like the view, you can move. We spent our first night in California snug in our RV, but as the sun rose and the morning developed... we wondered, was this campsite where we wanted to spend multiple nights? So after a wonderful steak'n eggs breakfast from last nights leftovers, we decided to pulled up our jacks and look for a place that...

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Feb 10, 2013 - Jordan Outreach Ministry

We arrived a week late since Rob was at his grand daughters wedding in Md, we will be here for February and March. Meeting and renewing some friendships with the group here. Almost every day we have hot air balloons firing up and taking off right next to our parking spaces. Elizabeth went to Colorado Springs for a christian writers conference and to Hilton Head,SC to visit with a college friend while we were here. Rob and the other men have been bagging food items and sometimes driving the truck to pick up donations. On Friday evening they...

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Jan 14, 2010 - Miners for a Day

Looking for the gemstone "tourmaline" was our treasure hunt for a day as well as getting to tour an active gemstone mine. We sure didn't strike it rich but had a lot of fun and came away knowing that wasn't what we wanted to do "when we grew up!" David and Dana, owners of the Cyro-Genie Mine in San Diego County gave us lessons on how to sift through the tailings to find some treasures. We found the following gems and minerals: Lepidolite which is a lilac colored, lithium rich Mica; Muscovite, a very pale mica that is rich in aluminum and...

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Jan 13, 2010 - Dates are Great!

Friday we had the opportunity to visit the Oasis Date Farm in Thermal, CA which is in the desert and just east of Indio. They began growing dates in the U.S. in 1904. Indio is the Date Capital of the U.S. The area only gets 3 inches of rain per year and the dates are watered by a canal that runs to the area from the Colorado River. The tour was set up for us by Pam from the California Date Administrative Committee in Indio and our guide at the Oasis Date Farm was Ericka. We would like to thank them both for making our tour one of the...

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Jan 13, 2010 - Dates are Great (1st & 3rd grades)

Indio, CA is the "Date Capital of the U.S." 95% of all dates grown in the U.S. are grown in this area. They are only grown in the desert because they need hot temperatures but lots of water. Each tree produces 200 to 300 pounds of dates each year. There are male and female trees, males produce the pollen which is then spread on the female which produces the fruit. One male tree can pollinate 50 female trees. The fruit is harvested September through November. DO you like dates? Can you come up with some ideas as to how you would use dates?...

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