I am just checking in with a couple of developments. Last week I spent a few days checking out potential Sparta homes – you know, more or less permanent resting spots where we both can live out the back nine, as it were. I need to get this right as I don’t plan on dragging her about from place-to-place looking for that perfect location. Not to be too melodramatic but I feel like I have one shot here. You may recall I considered getting property within view of Mt. Shasta (still an option) and I continue to await word on where my daughter settles after grad school as I may want to be close to her. But this recent search concerns a couple of SoCal destinations – Anzo Borrego Desert and Julian, Ca.
So Cristina and I took the long drive south with the intention of viewing the once a decade “Super Bloom”, where the wildflowers blow up after a particularly wet winter. We were not disappointed.
Pinecrest Retreat in Julian, Ca (45 miles east of San Diego) is a nice option. At about 4500 feet in elevation it has the benefit of four seasons, including some snow in the winter. It has lots of acreage, rents by the year and provides water (and electric for $700 more per year). There is a clubhouse and a pool and it is run by a very nice couple. Of the nearly 140 trailers onsite, they say about 70% are vintage.
So Julian made my short list and the next stop was Desert Sands Vintage Trailer Park in Borrego Springs, Ca.. Located about 25 miles east (and 3000′ below) of Julian, it is truly a desert location.
I have concluded that Anzo Borrego is a bit too severe an environment. As much as I enjoy the desert, I’m not a rat. Besides, the park is full.
So, back in Santa Rosa I resume cabinet work. For those of you still paying attention, my takeaway here is this: The original cabinet frames on Sparta were finished with a paint-like wash that is rather difficult to remove. Even after using a wood conditioner, they do not receive stain uniformly. As a result, there is some blotchiness on final finish. I am OK with that. Its kinda rustic.