February 18 – 21, 2011
What did I do while I was there? I visited…
Salton Sea – the extent of my knowledge of this place was from the movie starring Val Kilmer – although I honestly don’t remember much about the storyline. What sticks out most for me was that he was playing a trumpet in the midst of a burning room at the beginning and end of the movie…
All I can say is wow – what a bizarre and interesting place! I’ve never seen so many trashed, deserted buildings and trailers in my life – it looked like a hurricane had hit a portion of each of the cities around the lake – accompanied by a strong smell of salt and dead fish. It’s a great place for birders though – there was lots of birdwatching to be had.
Leonard Knight’s Salvation Mountain – another interesting place. Basically, the mountain is painted stacks of hay bales, adobe clay, and other materials, conveying the message that God is
Slab City – lots of characters lurking about this place…
Anza Borrego Desert State Park – the drive through this park was fun. It had rained a considerable amount the day and night prior so there was a lot of flooding on the roads as well as warnings of flash floods. I crossed my fingers numerous times while driving my rental Hyundai through ‘water over roadway’. It was also fun spinning out and speeding through unpaved, sandy roads – if I would have slowed down, I would have gotten stuck for sure.
Joshua Tree National Park – this was my 2nd visit; my initial visit was a hot (100+ degrees) camping trip several years ago with Sarah. I sure do love those Joshua Trees – reminds me of Dr Seuss books.
Just some floral photos –
Livin’ it up at the Hotel California – yes, the Hotel California that the Eagles sang about. Just kidding. I think that there are several hotels with that name, none of which are what the lyrics are referring to.
It was a great place and I highly recommend it – tropical-like setting, relaxing atmosphere, incredibly friendly staff, and affordable – such a lovely place.
Koffi – I was a frequent guest – they had the best sugarfree soy mochas EVER.
In-N-Out Burger – yes, I know that it’s hard to believe but this was my 1st visit to an In-N-Out Burger. I’m not a fast foodie but I had to try it while I was in CA – as they say, ‘when in Rome’… After waiting in the longest fast food drive-up line ever, I misinterpreted the cheap prices to mean smaller portions (like Dick’s Drive-In) so I ordered 2 cheeseburgers “Animal Style” (from their ‘secret menu‘ online – where would I be without my iPhone?), an order of fries, and a neapolitan milkshake (another secret menu option). It was very tasty but I ate way too much and it will be some time before I eat fast food again.
Las Casuelas Terraza – FANTASTIC pork carnitas – and a large enough portion for lunch (and dinner) the following day.
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