Palms Preserve

If we hadn’t gone to see that house with the trailers, we might not have found the Thousand Palms Oasis Preserve. The preserve has 18,000 acres of palms and wildlife and 25 miles of hiking trails. We weren’t prepared for a hike, so we just strolled around the palms.

The California fan palm grows here because the San Andreas fault interrupts the flow of ground water forcing it to the surface, creating a line of oasis that extends along the eastern side of the Coachella Valley near Palm Springs.

Speaking of the San Andreas Fault, we felt our first earthquake in the trailer on Monday, a 4.7 centered in Borrego Springs about 40 miles south of us. We bounced around for a few seconds before we realized what was going on, it was nice to be inside our little box on tires that can’t fall down or lose power.

Dinner Last Night:
REVERSE UNIVERSE SOUP. I had to make a few substitutions here. I couldn’t find parsley root so I used 2 parsnips and the store didn’t have black or french lentils so I used green. It was pretty darn good. We had it with a raw kale and roasted beet salad with quinoa puffs and a lemon/olive oil dressing.

2013 Cost of Camping:
14 nights paid camping
57 nights free camping
Total spent on camping this year: $407.75
Daily average cost of camping: $5.74

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  • Reply Pam Wright March 13, 2013 at 9:06 am

    You are driving me crazy! Your posts always make me want to cook. The soup sounds wonderful. Is celeriac the same as celery root? I assume it is. I have everything else. I will use parsnips, too.

    If you ever get to Zion NP, there is a grocery store near by in LaVerkin called the Farmers Market. I spent an hour and half in there Sat. shopping!!! I have never seen a market like this anywhere. I had to read soooo many labels just to find out what things were. They had more organic produce than usual. Every product had gluten free items. Their oatmeal section was a 1/3 of the aisle. They had grain products I couldn’t believe. You would love it.

    As for kale chips, sooo good!!! (Some how I missed that post) I make them all the time. I spray the pieces with olive oil and sprinkle with vinegar. Then I salt and pepper them. I bake at 275 for 20 -30 mins. Then the trick I discovered by accident is to leave them in the oven as it cool. This really crisps them up. Of course, cutting the leaves into chip size pieces is necessary. I do stir around half way through. It is hard not to eat the whole batch.

    We also enjoyed the Palm Oasis when we were in Indigo.
    Enjoy your visit.

    • Reply Leigh March 13, 2013 at 9:20 am

      Good, I’m glad! I sometimes wonder if the food stuff is too off-topic for an “Airstream Blog.”

      Yes, celeriac is the same as celery root.

      Leaving the kale in the oven to cool is a good tip, and I’ll be be going to that market next time we’re in Zion!

      • Reply SV650 March 17, 2013 at 7:04 pm

        Ummmmm…. it not an “Airstream Blog”, its *YOUR* blog. Put in it what YOU want. I enjoy reading of your adventures, and look forward to learning more of the places you go. Also interested to learn more about the work side of this adventure, and how you fund your lifestyle….

        • Reply Leigh March 18, 2013 at 11:44 am

          RIGHT! Thanks for the reminder!

          I have a full-time Monday-Friday job. (That’s why we aren’t out adventuring during the day.) I oversee e-commerce development for a national retailer and Brian is working on an internet start-up that we’ll be sharing about in the coming months.

  • Reply terrie March 13, 2013 at 10:25 am

    camping is about food!!!

    • Reply Leigh March 13, 2013 at 10:32 am

      That must be why I love camping!

  • Reply jerry March 13, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    No the food is a highlight. Someday I will try some of your recipes.
    They sound delicious.

    • Reply Leigh March 13, 2013 at 4:02 pm

      Thanks Jerry. Though I can’t take credit for the recipes, just stuff I find online!

  • Reply Rich March 13, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    it’s nice country this time of year, huh?

    • Reply Leigh March 14, 2013 at 7:54 am

      It sure is! Why don’t you join us?

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