Borrego Springs Day Trip
Indio, California: I had a relaxing
day yesterday. My friends and husband did not. They did the
Bump and Grind hike in Palm Desert. (I did not join-in as I do not enjoy the
downhill portion of this trail; instead walked/jogged "around the block" here -
4 miles.) They all returned dirty and hungry. Later, we went to lunch at
El Mexicali Cafe so
Steve could try their famous stuffed peppers:
Photo beginning to look familiar? This stop is one of the most popular on the
"tour" we give to visitors. Everyone just loves the peppers, the food and the
friendly owners at El Mexicali.
Today was a perfect day to spend in beautiful
so we loaded up in the Jeep and headed one hour south to show our friends the
magnificent metal sculptures in the desert surrounding Borrego Springs. David Avery
(of Post-It-Note fame) commissioned artist Richardo Breceda to make metal art
pieces and place them at various locations throughout the desert outside the
little town. There are now
sculptures. (I think we have found most of them.) Mr. Avery passed away in
Year after year, this guy waits patiently for me to return. He
always offers me a huge box of grapes. (I just love him - and maybe one year he
will have wine for me?)
More photos from today:
Checking out the grasshopper v scorpion duel
Steve, with grasshopper
The head of the serpent
The serpent is 350 feet long and goes under the road
Brave people under the belly of the serpent
We also visited an area where the artist has installed a guy
panning for gold, with his trusty pack horse nearby. There is incredible detail
on this sculpture.
The horse has pots, pans, a cup, bed roll, food bag, knife, water bag
host of other equipment hanging from his sides. Amazing job!
One last photo of Mary at a sculpture - this time an eagle -
and we went into town for lunch at the Red Ocotillo Cafe. (Now at it's third
location, that we know of, since we have been coming to Borrego Springs.
FYI: the French Corner Restaurant has closed, and the Red Ocotillo has move
back into town from the Palms at Indian Canyon Resort to occupy the old French
Corner space. Goodness, are you
paying attention? There may be a quiz.) There was also a visit to the Anza
Borrego State Park visitor center where we ran into readers. Nice to see you,
On the drive back to Indio, we made a quick stop to see the Salton Sea, the
largest lake in California. It stretches from just south of Indio to just
north of the Mexican border and is much saltier than the ocean. The volume
of the lake varies with the season and rainfall amounts, but it is presently
very (very, very) low and very (very, very) stinky.
Good News! Mary and Captain Jim have FINALLY arrived to the
Motorcoach Country Club
from vacationing in Hawaii. We all met
up at a local sports bar to watch the Ducks beat the Beavers in basketball...
then came back to watch the
indoor track meet on the DVR... where there is no need to tell you Matthew
Centrowitz won the Wanamaker Mile because you knew he would. Centrowitz is now
the fourth fastest indoor miler in the world - EVER - 3:50.63.
PS: This just in from Los Angeles - looky who can ride a pony all by
Lucy, 18 months
Until my next update, I remain, your sporty correspondent.
RV PARK: The
Motorcoach Country Club
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