Saturday, May 21, 2016

Life in the Desert

Events in this post took place in August 2006.

Kathi and I were staying at the 29 Palms Golf Resort and RV Park in August 10, 2006. What comes to most people’s minds when you say resort are plush green lawns and swimming pools with a few palm trees sprinkled around the area. That is what you see about 30 miles south in Palm Springs, CA, but not necessarily so in Twentynine Palms. Twentynine Palms is in the high desert. About the only green grass in the city is on the 18 holes of the golf resort. The rest of the city is concrete, sand and rocks. The green vegetation consisted mostly of cactus and Yucca trees. The average daytime temperature is over 100 degrees with some days up to 108. Nighttime temperatures are in the mid-70s and our RV usually got cool enough to sleep around 10 pm.

But we had a good reason to be in Twentynine Palms. The Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center is located there and that was the home base for our youngest son, Christopher – when he was not deployed. His group did routine deployments to Okinawa, Fuji, Thailand and Iraq.

Kathi and I tried to be there before and after every deployment to see Christopher and his marine friends. Many parents had full time jobs and could not greet their sons and we tried to gather in as many as we could. We were proud of them and wanted them to know it.

August 10th was a Thursday and we stayed at home trying to stay cool. Christopher had to stay on base and get his clothing cleaned and his room squared away for inspection. After being deployed for six or seven months and traveling half way around the world, there were a lot of logistical things to do for the Marines. Christopher said he did 12 loads of laundry.

Kathi and I agreed again that we had spent all the time we wanted to spend in the California desert in the summertime. After all, July and August in Texas is why we live in a motorhome.

We stayed home again on Friday. I spent a little time cleaning up and watering our batteries for the RV. There are eight batteries in our RV. The two start batters are maintenance free, but the others need frequent attention. The water evaporates fast in 100 degree temperatures. It was hot again, so I started early and it did not make much difference. It was hot early.

Saturday we took Christopher and three marine friends to a casino in Palm Springs. We did not see much of them as they were out having fun being together in leisure. Kathi and I mostly enjoyed the coolness of the casino and the exhilaration of casino activities. A fun time was had by all.


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