Palm Desert was actually pretty fabulous. Mountains all around and a Costco. What more can you ask for. However, when we walked into Costco, we thought we had mistakenly walked into a retirement center. We were the youngest by far. Please don't think that I am against old people. I would have been just as shocked to find a store full of teenagers or 2 year olds. The sheer number of this particular age group is what was notable. There were young old people all the way up to old old people. The only people under 65 were the ones working the checkouts. After taking a stroll down EVERY aisle (Troy-ism), we ate beef brisket, salad, and a raspberry smoothie for a late lunch.
I went shopping BY MYSELF at Walmart that evening. It has only been since having kids that I've learned to enjoy a grocery trip - alone. Now that we are in the Airstream, that alone time is even more precious. Shopping at Walmart seemed the right thing to do since we were parking in their lot for free. Silas got a new pair of cowboy boots because Troy and I are tired of him taking so long to put his lace up tennis shoes on all the time. He also got a pair of those squiggly shoelaces that don't require you to tie them. Hopefully these two items will make our lives easier. Morgan got a $4 sundress because I brought too many long sleeved shirts for her on our trip. They were both thrilled with their gifts, and we now had food to last us through our next few days of boondocking at Quartzsite, AZ.
The Walmart parking lot was quiet, safe, and we were tucked against a retaining wall, so it felt very cozy. There was also a Starbucks just across the parking lot that I walked to in the morning to get some work done while Troy and the kids did their school work.