Friday: (03/25) We enjoyed a nice long shower before utilizing the facilities and servicing our tanks to ready to depart. The headquarters campground is right next to the railroad tracks so we got to listen to several trains per hour during our stay. We're not complaining, we like the sound of trains. I spent some time at the computer and on the phone to locate a good smog test site that could do the RV. Pep Boys auto in Indio turned out to be the place. We said good bye to the pesty flies that survived our swatter and were on our way. Actually this was a nice place to camp. Only flies here, not the mosquitoes or noseeums of previous camps.
We pulled in to Pep Boys and they got the RV in right away. It passed its test with flying colors, a rare experience for our vehicles. It is ten times better than the average vehicle, almost immeasurable. Of course, all that matters is to pass the darned test. With that normally troublesome task accomplished we went over to the nearby Costco in La Quinta, a couple of miles away. We were in need of blue towels and paper plates and lunch. Lou had her polish dog and I had pizza. Next stop was the Winco market for groceries and then we headed over to the Fantasy Casino so Lou could make a deposit before we headed East up the hill on I8 to our new campsite to be, the BLM area just outside the South entrance to Joshua Tree NP. We'll probably be here a couple of days as we take a couple of hikes.
Lou fixed baked chicken with rice pilaff and green beans for dinner.