We arrived at the Hidden Cove RV Park in Yuma on Christmas Eve. Like a lot of RV parks in Arizona, Hidden Cove has a mix of permanent residents in what they call “park models”, basically, manufactured homes permanently attached, seasonal residents and daily or weekly visitors. The people here were among the friendliest and most welcoming group we have encountered so far. They had a Christmas dinner that was mostly pot luck with the park providing turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and ham. It was a nice meal with lots of terrific dishes contributed.
We stopped off for three nights to visit here. The park covers 600,000 acres making it one of the largest state parks in the US. The park headquarters is adjacent to the town of Borrego Springs. We parked in the RV section of the Palm Canyon campground.
We checked out the Visitor Center and did some hiking, including a hike up into Palm Canyon which leads to an oasis with a large stand of…you guessed it, palm trees. Unfortunately, we were not able to get a look at the bighorn sheep which are a signature part of the park.
In Part I we told about the repair of our leveler motor, slide lock mechanism and an upgrade for our rooftop satellite system. This part is about our first major DIY project, actually, it wasn’t exactly “do it yourself” since I had major assistance from my friend Ralph.
Since I have no place to do work on the motorhome, I had asked Ralph if I could bring it up to his house for this project since he has a large lot in back of the house where he parks his motorhome. He agreed and we arranged for a time in mid-December.
You may recall that during our summer trip, our leveler motor died. We attempted to get it repaired in Idaho Falls, ID, but the timing didn’t work out. The manufacturer determined that they would need more time than expected to make the parts. So we arranged to have the parts shipped to Camping World in La Mirada, CA, once they had been manufactured. We continued our trip through Idaho, Utah, Nevada and back into Southern California. Once we got back we arranged for the parts to be installed. This was completed in late October.
December 18, 2015, after getting all of our motorhome repair and upgrade projects completed and getting our personal belongings organized, we pulled out of our storage lot and headed south to Lake Elsinore.
This is the beginning of our next extended motorhome trip. We are trying to not set an end date or specific destinations at this point. Our near term objective is to seek warm and inviting places for the winter.
Stopping in Lake Elsinore serves two purposes. First, it is a short trip and allows us the opportunity to get everything organized inside our home on wheels. When we took our clothes and other items to the motorhome we couldn’t open the slides while in the storage lot so we couldn’t properly put everything in its place. Second, this put us close to Murrieta so that we could visit the babies again before taking off. It was also good timing in that all of Valerie’s kids were getting together at Jason’s for an early Christmas.
So, stocked up, organized and grandkids kissed, off we go. Next stop: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.