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#WeekendCoffeeShare Desert Retreat

February 25, 2018 , , ,

DHS, CA

DHS, CA

If we were having coffee I would invite you to sit poolside under a shade structure to sip some hot coffee or tea. Today is the last day of my spa vacation at one of my favorite destinations, Desert Hot Springs, California.  Join me as I completely relax here before driving back to Tucson tomorrow.  This week has exceeded my expectations.  The weather cleared to make my drive smooth and easy. I zipped across the desert with almost the entire highway to myself.  My room has a view facing the mountains, which I love.  It has snowed in the higher elevations, which makes the  peaks stunningly dramatic, especially at sunrise and sunset.

My spa routine involves a very early morning dip in the pools to exercise and stretch before the rest of the hotel guests start to get up and move about.  It is dreamy to have all the pools to myself while the water is still in the shade.  I come back to the water for a couple of hours at the end of the day while the sun sets.  I had a couple of spa services, and went to Palm Springs (about 15 miles from here) to go to my favorite restaurant, do a little shopping, and attend an event. This is an ideal restorative break in my mind.  I have no agenda, and follow my own personal whims.  I have traveled all over the world with groups, family, and friends.  Each group experience has a different fun aspect.  Solo travel, however, is really my cup of tea.  This hot spring, and this tiny funky town, is my ideal place to recreate.  I will drive back to Tucson today, stopping on the way to see an old friend who is in Quartzite, AZ for the gem show.  This will round out my time off with a touch of social activity.  I feel completely refreshed to return to work and household chores tomorrow.  This retreat has restored my well being and good mood. My spa retreat is a total success.

DHS, CA

DHS, CA

I have been slipping into a very lazy spell with this blog, writing very little.  I hope I have rebooted my brain with some new ideas to bring forward during my stay here.  I want to get back to a daily writing practice, which I love.  I want to write more poetry and some short fiction, which requires time and practice.  Taking this time to get perspective has brought to my attention that writing is one of my major thrills in life, so I need to put regular practice into developing it.  I have not been to this coffee party for a while, so I look forward to hearing how you are doing with your writing.  I hope you have not been in a slump like me.  So, join me in the bubbly champagne pool, and let’s order another round of coffee.  This is the perfect place to catch up on what is new with you.  I have a few hours before I drive home.

#weekendcoffeeshare

#weekendcoffeeshare

 

Please join this weekly digital coffee feast, hosted by Eclectic Ali.  Read write, or add your comments here. Thanks, Ali, for inviting us all to the table.

 

 

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That is so awesome! It sounds just perfect. I love solo road trips. I don’t know anyone else who does, nice to hear I’m not the only one. I feel bad being excited about a solo trip, almost like I have to sneak away. If I tell anyone there’s always people who wants to go. Sometimes you just need to go by yourself…I think you know. They can be so well needed. I do usually bring my German Shepherd. So I guess they’re not completely solo 🙂 One of my favorite things to do is to go to Nevada and find a band of wild horses, and follow them for a while. On a respectful distance of course. I have tried to share that experience with some of my friends, but it’s not the same thing. So happy to hear you’re having an awesome week. The gem show sounds interesting! I’ve been wanting to go for a couple years, but haven’t been yet. I love Arizona, and I could se myself ending up there eventually.

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NorCal Zen

February 25, 2018

Thanks so much for the visit. I used to see wild horses on the outer banks of NC—a giant thrill I have not forgotten..If you do come to AZ please let me know. We could do a semi solo trip.

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Pamela Morse

February 25, 2018

Awesome! I have seen wild horses in AZ too 😊 Sounds like a plan. It’s always good to have friends to visit.

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NorCal Zen

February 25, 2018

Such a perfect place to catch up for coffee! I need to get back to writing daily as well, and also blogging outside my normal “series” type blogs that I partake in and/or create. Being off from surgery has certainly given me more time. Have a great week!

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Kathleen Howell

February 25, 2018

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