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Coachella Valley Preserve And The San Andreas Fault

Mary is no longer available for RV traveling, but we remain good friends.
Because we have 4,000+ postings, I’ve invited her to continue posting entries on this blog.
I’m currently in my 21st year of full-time RVing and my lifestyle is changing, For more info click Here

The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails RV Resort…about 20 miles east of Palm Springs, California. I’ll depart here December 21st.



I’ve been coming to this area for many years. This blog posting has been previously published.



In 2010, Mary and I visited the Coachella Valley Preserve which sits atop the San Andreas Fault. In case you are not aware, it is the best known earthquake fault in California. It passes through the Coachella Valley Preserve which is also a National Wildlife Preserve. It is also known as 1000 Palms Canyon.



It’s only a 10 minute drive or 7.5 miles distant. It’s only about 5 miles the way the crow flies…supposedly in a straight line from our current location at Thousand Trails RV Resort. We took a 2 mile walk through the preserve.



As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…




































Here’s the official Coachella Valley Preserve website link…

You can find many websites on the internet by putting San Andreas Fault in the search box.




The following two links provide a lot of information about the fault in this, the Coachella Valley, area…




To see the other 31 photos I took at the Visitors Center, click this link…




I hope you enjoyed the photos.

 Yesterday was mostly sunny and 68 degrees. Forecast for today is mostly sunny and 71 degrees.

Enjoying nice weather is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

The red dot on the below map shows my approximate location in the State of California. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

united-states-mapPalm Desert

Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein


My current travel rig is a 2006 Fleetwood 26′ Class A Motorhome and a towed 1986 Ford Bronco II, Eddie Bauer Model. This photo was taken in the desert at Slab City near Niland, California…


On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office in Luckenbach, Texas…Y’all!

Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.

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There are more than 700 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link…

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More Photos From The Preserve…

In recent days I’ve shown you a lot of photos from specific areas of my current camping spot at Thousand Trails RV Resort in La Connor, Washington. There are 81 parks in the system which they call preserves because they are working to preserve nature.

Here are some more general views of this beautiful park…

Finally, a memorial to my friend Glenn Burzenski…the manager of this park from August 1978 to June 2004. He passed away at the age of 57 from liver and kidney cancer. He was a real likeable guy.

The last year (2002) that I worked at this park in membership sales, Glenn was threatening to retire. He and I actually went out looking at RV’s for him to consider purchasing. He kept on saying….”I need to save just a little bit more money, maybe in another year.” When I visited in 2003 as a member…same story. When I returned in 2005, I found that he had passed away.

As I travel, I tell anyone who will listen…”Retire as early as you can…A bad day of RVing beats a good day of work!”

Tomorrow…The Big Picture…

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2011
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Horseshoe Lakes is made up of ten named lakes and several smaller un-named lakes. We’ve hiked around those nearest to us and decided to see the rest of the area. A couple boaters were out  fishing in the morning and some kids were fishing from the bank. Other than that, there is not much activity on these nice little lakes.

This is Four Island Lake, which describes it perfectly and is the biggest lake in the cluster. We completely walked around it our second day here.

Turkey Toe has several inlets that resemble fijords. You can stand on the bank and see water on either side of you.

One end of North Lake

Goose Foot. The names are typically descriptive of their shape.

On the way back to the motor home we passed this invitation to come on in and have a margarita. I think everyone is familiar with the figure of Maxine. People never lack for a sense of humor when they set up their space. Jim called it a day, but I decided to take the forest hike as well.

Butterflies were plentiful here and I found a milkweed pod which is great butterfly food.

Horseshoe Lakes Preserve also grows several tracts of soybeans and ethanol corn on the outer perimeter of the property.

Choke cherries, wild grape and another white berry that I don’t recognize grow around the lakes.

This pretty blue butterfly closed its wings just as I snapped.

This darker butterfly may be the same species as the one above. I don’t know my butterflies that well.

I saw several others species that I couldn’t get pictures of. This one seemed to hover near fallen berries on the ground.

Several butterflies thought this plant was pretty yummy as well. I don’t recognize the plant since Indiana forest is unfamiliar to me.

The forest hike ended back near the ranger station at Miners Lake.
This pretty spot was breezy and cool and a pleasant place to stay as we gear up for a straight shot back to California.

We sat outside and read until the sun went down on Horseshoe Lake.

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