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Desert Shores

We made it. 2,500 miles. 11 days. 55 hours behind the wheel including fuel stops. And now we are in beautiful southern California at the stunning Desert Shores Motorcoach Resort.

This is our site for the next two months.

You can just make out the back of our coach on the side of our coach house.

A better view of the back of the coach.

Lots of space on the pad. We could easily fit four vehicles along with the coach in this driveway.

We do not have the use of the coach house during our stay. This site is for sale and the coach house does not have any furnishings.

It is a good size though, easily 1,000 square feet or more.

The front of the site includes a private pool and spa. I know, I know. We are living the tough life in retirement.

Each site is secluded. The landscaping provides isolation from the neighbouring sites.

And the views! We have water, palm trees and beautiful landscapes nestled amongst the mountains.

Getting ourselves settled in and looking forward to spending a few months here before making the long drive back to Canada in April.

Last driving video from The Motorcoach Resort in Chandler, Arizona to Desert Shores.

In the video, if you wonder what happened to all of the fruit that we removed from our coach, we gave it away to another family. It did not go to waste. And the state of California can breathe a little easier knowing that we did not illegally transport any restricted fruits.

The Motorcoach Resort

One of the longest legs in our drive to California. From Van Horn, Texas to Chandler, Arizona. About five hundred and thirty miles, give or take a few. We left Van Horn early in the morning, 6:45am and we reached The Motorcoach Resort just before 4pm. Ten hours behind the wheel, taking into account a time zone change as we crossed state lines.

The entrance into the Motorcoach Resort is not grandiose by any means. It looks downright industrial as a matter of fact.

Our reservation was in a box on a sign by the entrance gate. Site 9. Here are a few shots of our site.

There are only 32 sites at the Motorcoach Resort. The resort is situated right beside the Interstate, I-10. We thought that the highway noise might be an issue but it really wasn’t. Or we can just thank Newmar for a well insulated coach.

We spent a few days here recovering from what has amounted to a pretty major drive from Florida to California. Only four more hours to get to our final stop in Indio, California.

As I write this post, we are now in Indio, California. Desert Shores is a stunning property, easily one of the top resorts in the country. My only concern with Desert Shores?

Too many Newells. Way too many.

A clip of our drive from Van Horn to Chandler.

We were stopped at a checkpoint in New Mexico. Fear struck deep largely because of this story.

About a month ago, the 27-year-old was driving through Georgia to Tennessee, where she had just completed a master’s degree in geology. Nield’s route took her along the I-75, which is often used by Canadians making the trek to and from Florida.

That’s where she was pulled over for speeding, and the officer asked to see her licence. Nield handed over her Ontario driver’s licence, but wasn’t prepared for the officer’s reaction.

“She kept saying, ‘No, Canadian licences are not accepted,'” said Nield. “I was flabbergasted. I just kept saying this can’t be right — a Canadian licence is always valid.”

Nield told CBC Toronto she was then asked to prove she was Canadian and although she had copies of her passport, Nexus card, and birth certificate on her phone, the officer wanted to see an original hard copy.

“When I failed to produce it, she reached through the window of my car and she put handcuffs on me,” said Nield.

“She told me that I have just been arrested for driving without a licence and that I needed to go to jail.”

It is not always easy being a Canadian.

Homeward Bound

Our last day at Hearthside Grove. The weather for the past two weeks has been incredible. Lots of sunshine and very warm temperatures.

The sense of community here has been far different than I imagined. Friendships formed quickly. Dinners, day trips, get togethers, and connecting with people as we walked around the resort.

Ken and Carol, Lou and Pam, Dave and Daphne, Moe and Cindy, Barry and Iris, Gary and Suzan, Rita. These were a few of the many people we connected with during our time here.

Most of the people we have met are retired. Not surprising given that we are vacationing in mid-September. And all have been very successful in their careers. Such amazing life stories.

It has given us a glimpse into what our retirement will look like and we are very excited about beginning that part of our journey.

When we said good-bye to one of our new friends, she described Hearthside Grove as a paradise. And she is right. This has been such an amazing experience for us. We would certainly buy a lot but for the location. As Canadians, we need to winter south.

That said, many of our friends here at Hearthside also have lots in California at Desert Shores and at Motorcoach Country Club. That is where they winter.

We are planning to spend a few months down there at one, or perhaps both, of those resorts in the early part of 2019. I hope we will see many of our new friends again.