Indio, California: No matter how carefully
we have planned our departure check-list and schedule... I thought today was
Wednesday until about noon, when I noticed
my friend on Instagram posting TBT photos people
mentioning it was, indeed, Thursday.
Our week (so far) in review:
MONDAY: Normal busy schedule with exercise and DT on way-too-many conference
calls... but also our last "normal" day at the Motorcoach Country Club, and the
last night I will cook dinner in our outdoor kitchen for quite a very long
(Insert Sad Face Here)
We started our final-week-in-Indio lunch tour at Tacos Gonzalez. Nothing unusual
there. Two chicken tacos. We are going to miss this restaurant (Hwy 111 &
Jefferson) so so so so so much when we leave next week.
Since I had turkey bacon (pancetta!) and
pecorino cheese left-over from the
Hot Browns I made for the Kentucky Derby, I made
Carbonara (with spaghetti pasta) as our Last Supper.
I am going to tell you, the
uncured turkey bacon from Applegate Farms can't even
be called a substitution - it is simply perfect in
Carbonara. No nitrates. No chemicals. No pork.
Also had Texas Toast left over!
TUESDAY: Cinco de Mayo. The day the
Mexican Army defeated the French Army in the Battle of
Puebla in 1862. Our farewell lunch tour took us to
Stuft Pizza in Old Town La Quinta for their
delicious BBQ Chicken Salad.
I could roll in it.
I love it so much, I have tried my best to
copy the recipe - though without the fried onion.
The Motorcoach Country Club restaurant and bar is
usually closed on Tuesday... except if Cinco de Mayo
happens to fall on a Tuesday... so Tuesday the staff
really did-it-up for the few remaining campers
holding-out at our resort. A full Mexican menu,
margaritas, Mexican music and a very festive atmosphere
Ever fearful of the dreaded sweet
and sour mix, I made a
Real Margarita before heading up to the clubhouse
Alf, DT and Captain Jim
We were a table of six - with Sally &
Alf, Mary and Captain Jim. Enchiladas and nachos and
plenty of beer for our group. It was a very fun night
and we are all so proud of the Mexican Army!!!
The restaurant at the Motorcoach Country Club - Top of
the Falls - will close for the season Saturday night, so
we have vowed to go the restaurant every night this week
for dinner, or - at least - a drink.
WEDNESDAY: Proved to be a very strange day.
Notice anything missing from our campsite? DT took the bus to some dude in Indio
to have the dash air conditioning re-charged (or whatever they do these days to
make cold air flow from the dash vents - Freon?). Happily, our bus started right
up, the slide rooms retracted and DT needed only two attempts to extract this
massive beast from our non-angled driveway. He wasn't gone long...
but our campsite looked so sad and empty while DT was away. I remained on-site,
organizing the outdoor kitchen for summer storage.
Yes. I photograph and inventory every drawer every
year. I'm old,
and do not so may not
always remember "what goes where"
After Dave returned, with icy-cold air blowing from the dash and a full tank of
diesel, we went with our neighbor, Lois, for lunch to Fisherman's Market & Grill
for their famed $7.99 Baja fish taco lunch special.
It is sometimes a bit amusing to have lunch at
Fisherman's. They probably offer ten different options
for their $7.99 lunch special, but everyone orders the
fish tacos. Honestly, I can't even recall the other lunch specials. Fish tacos come flying out of the kitchen
like it's their job.
Our afternoon chore was to visit the local Costco. The task also allowed us to
witness this little situation:
Rifles and Cowboy boots filled with tequila (we did not purchase!)
My clever cousin referred to this as "tequila
We split a quesadilla at the clubhouse.
THURSDAY: The happy news that Oregon-alum and new Tennessee Titan quarterback, Marcus Mariota, is the
Sports Illustrated cover boy for the fifth time!
Twenty-one years old and on the cover of SI
five times. Wow. Just wow. His parents must be bursting with joy.
A crew cleaned our motorhome, treated the leather, steamed the carpets (tile and
shower) and oiled the wood work.
While the bus was being
detailed, Dave and I (okay, it was mostly Dave) packed all the
recently-inventoried kitchen for safe storage. Everything from the outdoor
kitchen is packed and stored in the casita, which we keep air conditioned to
85 degrees, over the hot summer months.
No time for lunch today, but dinner was an au revoir to
Bistro - one of our favorite local haunts - a French place - with great
service, great nightly specials and a menu filled with French favorites (DT
had oysters, followed with a small steak with marrow bone). Brasserie
Bistro takes the trouble to fly-in oysters from the Pacific Northwest and
find fresh cheeses from around the world. (And don't forget, the poor French
Army lost to Mexico, Cinco de Mayo 1862, so we needed to give the French
No, that is not bacon over the
burrata and heirloom tomatoes - it is a strip of
crispy-fried eggplant. Different!
We had a terrible wind storm in the Coachella Valley Thursday evening. Winds
over 30mph. Dave and I saw two bird nests blown out of trees tonight (hope the
babies had already flown the nest!). Scary night.
There is still a lot of organizing, cleaning, arranging, planning - and tacos -
on our weekend calendar.
Until my next update, I remain, your four-more-days correspondent.
RV PARK: The
Motorcoach Country Club
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