In the Desert Again...

Trip Start Jan 09, 2012
Trip End Jun 04, 2012

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Today was a rare day in my life.  I entered the age of the septuagenarian.  I honestly never believed I’d reach it, but it happened.  I don’t think that my mother would lie about my birthdate.

We decided to head north for a bit and shop and go out to lunch in celebration.  Before that, it was decided we’d go out into the desert and see if we could find a couple of caches.  The first, “A bad place to air-up”, was easy.  It was a smaller ammo can about a hundred and fifty yards from a sandy road in the area of the Dos Palmas protected area.  We saw another cache called Julie’s something or other and set out for it.  Not easy. It was just under four miles from our location.  There were lots of things in the way...fences, canals etcetera.  We decided it was out of reach and wandered for quite a while near the Coachella Valley canal.  It was a posted area and Lynn got a little excited when I drove on a road that we weren’t supposed to be on.  As an old Montana hunter, I knew that such can happen and had my story ready in case we got “apprehended”.  No problem though.  We found civilization of sorts and got back to highway 111 and on to shop.

We found another Costco in La Quinta, where I gassed up the Sooby again and we picked up some essentials, like onions.  You know how it is.  No matter where one lives, you have to eat.  We eat out rarely.  Lynn is such a great cook, that the meals at home are far better than most restaurant fare.  We did have lunch at a Date Farm, however.  Lynn had a salad with date pieces, cranberries and bleu cheese.  I had a “signature date burger.”  It consisted of a burger with a topping of date pieces sauteed with bacon and bleu cheese.  Both dishes were very good.  The farm was closed due to some farmer thing, so we couldn’t take the tour.

We hit a Walmart for the rest of our supplies and headed back to camp.   We took a walk along the beach together and were amazed at the number of birds along the shoreline.  Lots of gulls, but also several egrets and wading birds which I don’t can’t identify.

For dinner we split a ribeye steak and had half of a baked potato each along with veggies and a green salad.  After dinner we played a game of Phase 10.  I actually won.  Amazing how that works.

We have another day here and then we move on to the Anza Borrego Desert State Park, about sixty miles from here.  We’ve really enjoyed the quiet pace here along with the desert beauty.  If you’ve never spent any time in the desert, you must do so someday.  There are a few plants in bloom now.  I got one shot of my favorite one in bloom, the creosote bush.  It has tiny yellow blossoms, which contrast with the shiny small leaves.

That’s about it for this evening.  A fine day of celebration shared by so many.  It is truly amazing... Thanks to all who called, texted, emailed and put greetings up on Facebook and In the Rooms.  It’s all good!

Remember, to see the photos go to  There are only four new shots, entitled "Birthday Shots".  Enjoy!
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Russ E. on

Happy Birthday, old man. Ad multos annos.

jerry on

Happy Birthday

Sus on

Now I know what you were talking about lastnight......sounds devine! and I truely wish I was there. Love you guys

ferd on

Glad you had a great day and were thought out for the tresspassing signs...that Lynn is a GOOD cook! Hugs

Bonnie on

Well Happy Birthday Mr. 70 yr old boyo. Sounds like it was a great one and I am sure you were worthy of the rib steak and all of the special attention showered on you by Lynnie.

photodon on

Don't look back, Ralphie. I'm right behind you ;0)

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