Americas Best Value Inn
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- Indoor pool
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After leaving Joshua Tree we were only 20 miles from the Salton Sea so decided to carry on. Jim is a big fan of pelicans and we knew there was a substantial population of them at the sea. The sea itself is a man made mistake.
The modern sea was accidentally created by the engineers of the California Development Company in 1905. In an effort to increase water flow ...
... developed and it became the place to be. As fertilizer from farming came in and it dries up, minerals become more concentrated, making it 30 % than the ocean. A rainstorm in 1977 destroyed most of them and left a few "ghostly looking towns" along the lake.
Another you can only find it in the US: a guy came here in 1967 ...
We woke up super early yet again, lounged by the pool and took a drive out to the Salton Sea.
We stopped on our way at Shields Date Garden to sample a date shake. It was incredibly savory, and definitely one of the more interesting things I've ever tried. There was a movie theater set up and heavily advertised showing "The Romance and Sex Life of the Date" which made us giggle beyond control.
After picking up some dates (fruits, of course) to take back to the ...
... At lunch time we had quesadillas, yummy.
John and Bertha took us to Palm Springs for the afternoon, which is just over an hour north. We passed acres and acres of date trees. This is still in the desert so the land is well irrigated. The Santa Rosa mountains run along the east side of the valley and these mountains have a white line running all the way along half way up their side indicating where the Salton Sea water level was hundreds ...
... the Sonny Bono National Wildlife Refuge on here paper map. I set the Hussy to work via the Droid and let her rip. Interestingly enough, we were led into an area there that was closed to the public. Two of the refugees, men working at the refuge, kindly told us that fact. They let us go on down the road to a tower built for viewing the birds. In the meantime, we saw thousands of snow geese feeding in the water nearby. I took no pictures, due to ...