In the desert

Trip Start Sep 06, 2012
Trip End Mar 06, 2013

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John's and Bertha's

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Today we left with Star to go to John and Bertha's desert home, about one and half hours north of El Centro at Desert Sands along the Salton Sea. First we stopped at the casino just past their place to dump our tanks and refill our fresh water, all for free. John’s place is in a subdivision that was started back in the 60s, but really didn’t take off so in some areas it looks like a ghost town with only a few people living in it, and it is very quiet. We walked to the edge of the Salton Sea about a half mile from the house. The sea, so they call it, was formed back in 1903 after an earthquake flooded the valley that had a large salt mine. The mine workings are still there, under the water.

The sea is basically a dead body of water with an extremely high salt content, the only water replenishing it is from rain run off. There are dried dead fish and bones all over the shore along with what looks like barnacle casings that crunch when you walk on them. You have to be careful when walking on the shells because the ground is soft in spots from the decomposing material and your foot sinks into the goop; just ask Karen.

We saw some wildlife during our walk, a wild rabbit, and a road runner, beep-beep.

That evening, John and Bertha taught us a new card game called Continental, which is a lot of fun.

Travelled in today: California
Travelled today: 102 km
Travelled to date: 10787 km


John went into El Centro for a funeral this morning so Bertha made us huevo rancheros for breakfast, they were wonderful. John doesn’t like Mexican food all that much so Bertha loves to cook for people who do like it. After breakfast we took our bikes and rode around the area, in some parts it could remind you of a nuclear test site because of the condition of the land. 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 of years ago.

We arrived in Palm Springs with our mouths open, what a place. Everything is green and lush. Everywhere you look there are BMW, Mercedes and Bentleys. We walked along the main street stores, but just window shopped since the stores were very expensive. There was a 40ft. tall statue of Marilyn Munroe in the famous pose with her dress blowing.

We went to a restaurant called Tony Roma’s for supper. It is noted for their ribs, and they were great.

Back to Salton Sea, played more cards then to bed.


We had a quiet day today, staying at John and Bertha’s desert home. Bertha made pancakes for breakfast and we contributed some Nova Scotia maple syrup. We stayed around all day relaxing, and playing cards out on the deck. Karen and I cooked supper for John and Bertha, then after supper John had a campfire in the pit out back and we just talked for awhile.
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