Indio, California: We left Disney at
11a Saturday and took our sweet time getting on the freeway, terrified to be
caught-up in Coachella
traffic. We stopped at the fun
Anaheim Packing House (again)
for lunch at the always-good
Did. Not. Dip.
Umami Burger is known for their truffle fries - thin cut fries smothered in
The beef is ground in-house and the burgers are hand-formed. We
shared a Cali Burger - with roasted tomatoes and caramelized onions.
Fueled, we pointed the Jeep towards Indio and had no trouble with traffic.
A few comments on our stay at Disney and a few tales: The Disney
Californian Hotel and Spa was very nice. It is beginning to show a bit of age,
but nothing is worn - just decor-wise, everything is dated. Service was very
good and the staff were so friendly... and don't forget every single employee
told DT Happy Birthday, Dave every time they met him and saw his
Birthday Boy Button.
The kids arrived to the hotel about ten minutes before us and were just finished
checking-in to our adjoining rooms, so the same clerk checked us in as well.
Lisa and Lenny, et al, were staying two nights; we were staying three (to avoid
Coachella traffic). After checking-in and getting our key cards, brochures,
schedules, park tickets, etc, etc, etc, the clerk asked us to please wait one
moment. He disappeared for a minute then, returned with a large white envelope
with Dave's name on the front. It was an autographed 8x10 glossy of Goofy, and
Dave was supposed to believe Goofy had left it for his good friend, DT, as a
Another interesting tale from Saturday morning. DT had left for a jog and I was
busy showering and packing to leave. I heard several women outside my door
chatting away in Spanish and then could hear them on walkie-talkies in Spanish
and English. They were asking for Security. Hmmm. Soon, a male security agent
was outside our door and he was obviously talking to a little girl. She appeared
to be lost. He was very calm and was asking the girl her name. Apparently the
girl woke up and her Dad was not in their hotel room. She was scared and went
out in the hall to look for him, the door closed behind her and she was locked
out. The housekeeping staff found her and called hotel security. Do you know
your Dad's phone number? What is his name? The security agent obtained her Dad's
cell phone number from the front desk and called "Mark". "Mark, this is hotel
security. We have your daughter. She is outside your hotel room... woke up...
couldn't find you and is scared. Could you please come get her?"
Then I heard the door of the room next to us (Lisa's room last night) open. Mark
had been sitting out on the balcony enjoying a cup of coffee.
And here are two photos that somehow never made it onto the blog
while we were in Disney:
Radiator Springs Racers: Lenny was "driving", Leo is in the center and I
am in the passenger seat. DT is in the back seat, with two strangers. The
ride was definitely exhilarating. Leo and Lenny rode twice! Not me, but I
think I had a free chiropractic spine adjustment being whipped-around on
this thrill ride.
Lisa, enjoying a glass of wine
California Adventure Park was celebrating with a wine
festival. Booths were set up along most walkways selling California wines.
After arriving back to Indio, we have kept quiet. Resting and avoiding local
Coachella traffic. We can hear music from the festival at night. There are
well over 100 bands playing at the festival. I have heard of two - Guns and
Roses and Ice Cube - and own none of either's music.
Mary & Captain Jim came by this evening and we shared a huge salad for
dinner as they listened to our Disney tales. Colleen and Rick have left for
the season. There are only about 200 coaches in the resort. The season is
Until my next update, I remain, your reviving correspondent.
RV PARK: The
Motorcoach Country Club
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