Today I got to check something off the list. The Imperial Valley Desert Museum opened in January 2011 to house the archeological items from the Imperial Valley. It’s in Ocotillo – on the I8 just as it leaves the valley and heads into the mountains towards San Diego. I’d passed it several times but it tends not to be open at 6am or 11pm. It has a great view overlooking the Imperial Valley.
The museum itself doesn’t boast a lot of windows to enjoy that view, but inside there are things to look at. It’s still a work in progress – there is a list of displays that are planned, some funded, some not, and a few displays of local photographs, maps and diagrams and some artefacts from their collection. One was of Ollas (Saa Kaays) – which are large pottery urns used by the Kumeyaay Indians. Another was of oval stones with slots in. There was no label but the curator, Anne, was happy to explain they were arrow straighteners. She was in the process of preparing labels this morning and that was one of them. I watched the historical video for awhile and came away with a couple books, a tshirt and an intention to return every three months or so and see how the displays are progressing. One big item today – the museum is being included in the Federal Museum Association and there is a reception this evening to celebrate this.
On the return trip I was reflecting on the regions during that journey – desert, farmland, desert. I did stop at my favorite line of trees on S30. Have taken photos of them a couple times on the way to San Diego, around dawn – this time it was northbound at noon. I must use them in a painting from that angle soon.