We left Blair Valley the morning of March 5th, en route to Los Angeles for some minor RV repairs through our extended warranty. After two weeks in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, we were ready to move on, but we were not due to arrive in Los Angeles until March 6th. This meant we had a day to kill, and we were also in dire need of a water tank refill and some clean laundry. At the suggestion of our awesome friends, Mandy and Kevin from “188sqft,” we decided to give Oasis Palms RV Resort a try for a single night. Here, we would have water and shore power hookups for the night, which are both a certain rarity for us.
I’ve mentioned before in previous blog posts, but I’ll say it again. Even though we live in an RV, we are really not RV park people. Before Oasis Palms, we had stayed in one RV park, and, since then, we have not visited another. It’s not that we have something against RV parks, but more so that we just really prefer boondocking. One of the biggest reasons we made the jump into fulltime RVing was our great desire to be as close to nature as possible. We love to wake up in the morning and look out our window to see mountains, desert, forest, or whatever beautiful view is waiting for us outside. When we wake up in an RV park, our morning views usually consist of another RV, and, for us, it’s just not the same. We also like the relative privacy of boondocking and the fact that we can often allow our dogs to run off-leash. For us, it’s just ultimately a better experience.
We got up nice and early, and headed out to the date farm, where we explored the little cafe and date shop and sampled all sorts of different flavors and varieties of dates. We brought our favorite type home, and they were perfect for adding a natural sweetener to smoothies and shakes. After visiting the date shop, we were a bit sad to find that the many rows of palm trees we had wanted to walk amongst were closed. Disappointed, we decided to move on to Salvation Mountain, about an hour away.
The route from Coachella to Slab City was about an hour, and it took us through the many scenic desert views and all the way around the Salton Sea. While many of these areas looked worn and dilapidated, we often find these more off-the-beaten path areas appealing, as they offer a taste of what the region is actually like. While en route to Slab CIty, we noticed another palm farm, but this one was not gated off. We pulled over and spent a few minutes walking amongst the palms as we had planned. With this crossed off the list, we hopped back on the road and drove the remainder of the distance to Slab City.
We first heard of Slab City and Salvation Mountain in the movie adaption of the book Into the Wild. This is one of our all-time favorite movies/adventure stories, and we were so stoked to get to visit somewhere that Christopher McCandless (Alexander Supertramp) had seen during his travels throughout the US.
The next morning, we got up early and packed up, not wanting to go so soon. However, we had an important appointment to keep, so we said goodbye to our beautiful desert oasis the morning of March 7th. We were excited to have our RV repairs completed and excited to see Los Angeles, but we were not necessarily ready to leave our favorite RV park yet. Should we ever find ourselves in the area again, we will most definitely be making another stop at Oasis Palms RV Resort, and, next time, we will stay for much longer.
Today is the day we leave this beautiful RV park. We managed to squeeze in an extra day here, which worked out perfectly because there were still a few nearby sights that we wanted to see before leaving the area. Elsa will certainly miss watching the birds and chipmunks out of our window. (She sat in this exact position for hours on end)…We wish we could stay longer, but are excited to get to LA and explore all that there is to see there. ~S #LifeAmongPets #PhileasRemodel
Have you visited Indio, California before? What did you think? Feel free to share in the comments below!