Bloggers meet at the Hot Spring
After yesterday's return from Joshua Tree National Park, it became clear that we had another blogger couple in camp. These were Georg and Suzie Yates, and this morning they came for a short visit before they were heading out again to Pilot Knob. They are fulltimers but come from Ontario, Canada. We had an easy chat about all kind of topics, but they were having plans for the day, so we said our Good Byes with the promise to meet again some day, maybe in a totally different spot.
And I went back to putting our internet contraption back on.
Later I went on an explorative mission. I wanted to check out 3 ways to leave this area without using that darn old Hwy 80. First I went north in the camp. At the end the camp road makes a break through some bushes and one has to follow the canal road for a little bit. Then one reaches a bridge across the canal. It is an old wooden bridge and I just hope it isn't falling down when crossing it with our motor home. The distance from there to our spot is just 2 miles, which isn't too too bad.
The 2. road I checked leads under the I-8 and down through the South BLM-area. It ends up on Holdridge road and joins with the Verde School Rd. However the bridge from there across the canal is closed as well. I never got that far as I met a huge mud pudle farther down which I'd never cross in hundred years.
The 3. option is going down Holdridge Rd. right from the beginning at the south side of I-8. However I ended up at the very same mud puddle.
Both gravel roads on the south side are way too far to go with a motor home. They are rutted, bumpy and unbelievably dusty. Nobody will get me to drive that direction.
That just leaves the old Hwy 80 or the run north out of camp for us.
I happen to come across a piece of information to the extent that Public Works had applied for funding for the bridge repair just a few days ago, inspite that the bridge has been closed with wooden barriers since july. That means the bridge will never get fixed this year, and we will not return to the Hot Springs next winter.
It is sad that lazy bureaucrats can drag their feet that long, making life miserable for others. It is also highly remarkable that the campers at Hot Springs are being treated so badly, after we have been spending thousands of dollars every winter in the local community.
Sorry folks to bother you with this but I had to let it out. Afterall, what do we have blogs for?
Thanks for visiting!