THE JOURNEY - JANUARY 2019

 


Another year has come and gone, and don't they just fly by. Karen & Ron would like to wish you all a Happy New Year and may all your travels in 2019 be happy and safe.

As the north is locked into winter and will be for a few more months a favorite destination to escape the cold is Palm Springs, California. Warm weather, a ton of things to see and do and access to some of the most interesting desert landscapes in the south.

Karen and I have spent a lot of time in the area and stayed in Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs and 29 Palms. There is so much to explore you need a winter to do it.                                      

We would like to thank our new sponsors and supporters ......SEE WHO THEY ARE
We have tried to get supporters that will fit in with our RV lifestyle and we hope you find them helpful in your travels.

We want to wish all our RV friends a Happy Thanksgiving and may your travels be safe and happy. .



While in Palm Springs we visited Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, Indian Wells and many more areas.


About Palm Springs

Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California within the Coachella Valley. It is located approximately 55 mi (89 km) east of San Bernardino, 107 mi (172 km) east of Los Angeles, 123 mi (198 km) northeast of San Diego, and 268 mi (431 km) west of Phoenix, Arizona. Palm Springs covers approximately 94 square miles (240 km2), making it the largest city in the county by land area. 

Biking, golf, hiking, horseback riding, swimming, and tennis in the nearby desert and mountain areas are major forms of recreation in Palm Springs. The city is also known for its mid-century modern architecture, design elements, and arts and cultural scene.


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Palm Springs Aerial Tramway


Aboard the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, the World’s largest rotating tramcar, you will experience a breathtaking journey up the sheer cliffs of Chino Canyon. Begin the ten-minute ride at the Valley Station, elevation 2,643 feet, and end at the Mountain Station, elevation 8,516 feet. No matter what the season, whether you are enjoying spectacular views or hiking in a pristine wilderness, a one-of-a-kind experience can be had by all. 

 

Palm Springs Casinos

Are you ready to go all in on fun and excitement? Find the latest video slots and favorite table games like poker, blackjack and craps at several casinos in Greater Palm Springs.

Or go beyond the gaming to enjoy fine dining and buffet favorites, dancing at casino nightclubs and live entertainment with A-list performers at some of Greater Palm Springs’ top entertainment venues.

Bet on an unforgettable evening at any of these local casinos.




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Learn more about our nine distinct cities


(1) Desert Hot Springs, (2) Palm Springs, (3) Cathedral City, (4) Rancho Mirage, (5) Palm Desert, (6) Indian Wells, (7) La Quinta, (8) Indio and (9) Coachella.



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Authentic Experiences & Modest Luxury

Your desert oasis, Emerald Desert is ideally located in Palm Desert, California. Relax and rejuvenate in our resort pools and spas. Perfect your game on our putting green or driving range. Your furry friends can come along, too. Among our flourishing landscapes and vast desert skies, feel revitalized, make authentic connections, explore unlimited possibilities — without sacrificing the standards you deserve.

Suited for everyone, Emerald Desert is the jewel of Palm Desert.

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If you are having ham over the holidays, this dish is a perfect compliment.


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Furnace Maintenance

Even if we are down south in the winter months we still need the furnace in the evenings.

Keep your furnace in good shape with these tips

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Furnace Inspection Checkpoints

#1. Check outside vents for soot

Soot is a byproduct of improper combustion which means you have a problem. Carbon monoxide is the other byproduct of improper combustion so a furnace exhibiting soot at the outside vent should be inspected and repaired BEFORE being operated again.

#2. Check return air vents (inside coach at the furnace)

Return air vents should be free of dust and lint and should NEVER be obstructed. Remove the return air vent and inspect the case of the furnace to be sure it is clean and free of obstructions. If there is any dust on the furnace, which cannot be easily removed with a vacuum, or air indicates, it has been there for a considerable length of time and a cleaning of the entire furnace is in order. Why? Because this dust will be everywhere including the inside of the furnace. Such dust can affect electrical switches, the furnace blower, and the furnace blower motor. Eventually a dirty motor and blower will slow down and the furnace will loose efficiency and if the blower slows down enough the furnace will not operate. (Another safety feature incorporated with the sail switch)

#3 Inspect heat ducts at the furnace

Heat ducts should be inspected at the furnace first to insure they are properly secured to the furnace AND that they are not leaking. Also, check the condition of the ducting. If it is stiff and brittle, it will be prone to cracking and subsequently leaking resulting in additional operating inefficiencies of your furnace. Such ducting should be replaced.

Conclusion:

Your RV furnace is the one area in which one should not skimp. Your comfort and safety far outweigh any reasons to shortcut here and safety in and of itself should mandate giving your furnace the attention it requires.

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