The Farewell Tour Continues
Indio, California: With just a few short
days until we hit the road north, we are making time to visit with friends and
visit our favorite restaurants. We will miss both so much until we return to
SoCal in the fall.
More and more RVs roll out of the Motorcoach Country Club every morning. I bet
the park is less than 1/4-occupied. People keep commenting that it feels like a
ghost town, but it really does feel like a ghost town.
We spent much of Friday with neighbors Lois and Steve (parents to Rocky, the
massive Golden Retriever).
Lois & Steve
We all went to lunch at
El Mexicali Cafe. I've written about this place many times - they celebrate
the foods of Mexicali (a Mexican town just over the US border, just south of
here), where a huge Chinese population (immigrated to build irrigation canals
and rail lines) have made for an interesting cross-culture of foods. A bottle of
soy sauce sits on the tables at El Mexicali Cafe, next to the hot sauce. The old
cafe also has the extra-special feature of being mere feet from a very busy rail
track, so your meal is usually accentuated a few times by a roaring-rumble. We
only patronize the classiest places!
The mainstay of the menu are Chiles Gueritos - grilled banana peppers stuffed
with shrimp. And not those little pink salad shrimp - chunks of big meaty
Here's where it gets a little wierd... it is customary to drizzle soy sauce
over the stuffing and smear a little mayo over all before eating. (I found a
recipe for this dish on the
Food Network website, but have never tried them because I am allergic to
We ordered a side of guacamole and the server asked if we wanted "Mexican
guacamole". I was a bit confused and wondered what other type of guacamole
they served? Chinese guacamole? Serbian guacamole? She explained that we
could order "plain" guacamole or "Mexican" guacamole with onion, cilantro,
tomato, etc... so we ordered our guacamole "Mexican".
You knew I would order tacos right? At El Mexicali you can get hard-shelled
(fried) crispy tacos. I had two chicken tacos a la carte:
During the "season", the Motorcoach Country Club host Friday Night Club. I
suppose it is just a ruse to get members up to the bar on Friday night... but
management puts $100 in a pot and draw a lot number every Friday at 6p. If your
lot number is drawn - and you are present - you win the money. If no one wins,
the club puts another $100 in the pot, so the pot next Friday is $200, and so on
and so on. A few years ago, the pot once grew to over $1000 - which is a very
easy way to get a bar full of Happy Campers.
The drawing ended for the season a few weeks ago, but one clever camper decided
to spread the word for another type of game for tonight (only): Come to the clubhouse at 6p, bring $10 and put your name in the hat for a chance to win the pot.
Just when you think this place has turned into a ghost town, suddenly the bar
was packed and the purse grew to $570! We did not win. They asked a
gentleman to draw a name out of the hat and he drew his own name!
What are the chances?
We stayed at the clubhouse for dinner - again with Lois and Steve. Our table
grew to eight with Mary, Captain Jim, Tom and Bill. The restaurant closes for
the season Saturday night. The dining room is running on a skeleton crew, with only about ten things on the
menu. They are out of many liquors (Tanqueray!), out of many wines, but the atmosphere has not
changed. The staff still strive to please. I will miss them all very so very
Lois and Steve returned with us after dinner to our dusty patio. Everything has
been packed way except the furniture, but we managed to comfortably watch the
San Francisco Giants on TV. Rocky joined us. Interesting thing? The temperature
only reached 72 today. A one-day cold snap.
We lit the fireplace.
Until my next update, I remain, your three-more-days correspondent.
RV PARK: The
Motorcoach Country Club
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