The Last Day
Indio, California: Though the Storm
of the Century is predicted, it has yet to appear here. Never mind that we had
our bus washed and waxed and have taken the car through the car wash. Happily,
Governor Brown was too busy
keeping children away from cigarettes to worry about the drought in the
Coachella Valley this week.
The temperatures were warm, but there was a breeze, so our miles logged
morning were quite pleasant.
All sorts of strange things are popping-up on the desert plants.
Pods of some
sort? Very pretty.
I am listening to an audio book,
The Summer Before the War,
by Helen Simonson, during my laps
this week and am so caught-up in the story I don't want to stop exercising.
But I did. And we went to a late lunch at Tacos Gonzalez with Mary and Captain Jim, and said sad goodbyes to our friends and the entire Gonzalez family.
Last Supper: tostada salad and a chicken taco
The rest of the afternoon was spent finishing up last-minute
organizational chores. We have pretty-much determined it takes one day to set up
our pavilion and one day to store it all away. Dishes. Pots and Pans. Glassware.
Though we had Mexican food for lunch, Dave and I have a fairly-recent tradition of patronizing a French
restaurant on Cinco de Mayo. Feeling sorry for Napoleon III's army being
defeated by the Mexican army in The Battle of Puebla in 1862 - fought because
Mexico refused to repay their debt to France!?!? - we opt for continental
delicacies and fine wines, instead of busy crowded noisy Mexican places selling uber-sweet
watered-down margaritas on this night.
Vive La France!
It's not like we don't eat enough Mexican food - plus I am cooking Mexican food
our first night on the road.
The chef at
La Brasserie Bistro (Highway 111 and Washington) is from a French town bordering
Germany, so has a few Teutonic dishes on his menu - like
But the Steak Frites is all French,
served with a bit of bone marrow. We will miss Silvie
and the entire staff at La Brasserie Bistro!
But we are packed up. Organized. Sorted-out. Buckets of water
filled throughout our pavilion and inside the casita. Most things are inside the
air conditioned casita. The metal furniture will sit under
cover in 115-degree shade until our return in the late autumn.
PS: I know it is Cinco de Mayo, but Saturday is the Kentucky Derby. Use
my recipe to make mint syrup for delicious Mint Juleps.
Until my next update, I remain, your "all systems are go" correspondent.
RV PARK: The
Motorcoach Country Club
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