With the rising living costs in California and the immense amount of people flocking in to the state by the minute; I’ve definitely considered a quieter, smaller and more remote location.
Luckily, my friend lives in Hemet, a city known for its retirement community with mobile home parks and retirement housing developments. The area is approximately 67 miles east from Orange County; about 40 minutes away from Temecula (if that helps you geographically understand where it is exactly located).
Getting there involved meandering through traffic but, the view of the mountains was beautiful. I felt the desert whispered to me with a quiet quintessencial secret that is yet to be discovered. I found it intriguing.
When I arrived, I could not ignore the heat. It hit my face like a brick. It was scorching hot at about 100-110 F degrees. Although, I was relieved to find out that my friend had A/C in her apartment. She informed me later on that it was, clearly, a necessity out here in the desert. That was something that I definitely did not take into account being a visitor and all rather than a local.
Aside from the weather and the community, I learned that my friend lived close to 2 major casinos called Pechanga and Morongo. She said there are only a few places to entertain them in the city and these were the main two.
We spent a night out at each casino. First we went to Morongo to see a Chip and Dale show. Highly recommended if you like that sort of thing…. and the second night we went to Pechanga for dancing with her friends. Both places made me feel like I was in Vegas offering the same sort of activities from gambling, bars, clubs, to spending time at a pool. What more can you ask for?
In all honesty, is the desert right for me? Probably not anytime soon but, I wouldn’t mind visiting again 😉