This is housed in half a former bar in North Shore, CA. The bananatender is the son of the original bar owner. The other half of the bar is now a liquor/convenience store.
Fred started the museum about five years ago when he stumbled on the Guinness Book of Records Banana-related-items collection available on eBay and decided to make it his retirement business.
There are a lot of bannanery things here as you can imagine.
The banana flipflops were one of my favorites.
I couldn’t believe there was a piece of banana-related artwork in there by an artist we know – D actually has a one of his prints. Neither could Fred and Kim. They’re looking forward to me getting them in touch with him.
We couldn’t resist splitting a banana split. Can’t remember the last time I had one. They had a decent selection of ice cream flavors too.
If you’re in the area, it’s definitely worth a look – but do go to their website first and call to make sure of their open hours.
Ocotillo Dawn is one of my early oil paintings – as ever the favorite subject – Dawn off my back porch. A few weeks ago one of my neighbors was visiting for lunch and took a shine to it! So, its forever home ends up being in Salton City, about a mile from where it was born.
I wasn’t able to attend the fundraiser/celebration on Earth Day, being as I was in Menlo Park that weekend, about 10 hours drive northier. Here’s the report that Celeste (yes, I do know just about everyone mentioned) wrote about the event.
Not many people think of Imperial County California – one of the poorest counties in the nation, and one of the more sparsely populated – as a tourist destination. But there’s actually an amazing amount of things to do here. Yesterday Doug and I went to fill him in on some of the places I’ve taken others when he’s not been with me. First we visited the mudpots, then stopped in Calipatria for lunch. We recommend Archie’s – on the east side of 111 about a block north of the stop sign. You can’t miss this totem pole!
Not only did we have a fun time, but we found an new spot – the Gold Rock Trading Post and Museum.
Sadly the extra time we spent exploring Gold Rock meant we had little time at the Center of the World, but they’re both places we’d go back to. I’m compiling a list of Touristy Things in Imperial County on my website which I’ll update from time to time as I find new things – and I’ll work on timings and places to stay in between. I am figuring it would be very easy to spend a week here if you’re not into simply lounging by the pool.
This is at the State Park, just south of North Shore
If you are, then in answer to a question many people ask – YES! – you can swim safely in the Salton Sea and here is Park Ranger Jose Renteria who does just that quite often.
“The reflecting pool”, probably 2005. The posts seen below are entirely under water.
Supporting the restoration of the Salton Sea and making it stable and renewable is not just for the Sea, it’s not just for me and the sunrises that I paint, it’s for anyone in the US who eats vegetables. Allowing the Salton Sea to dry up will destroy the most fertile farmland in the country.
“The reflection pool”, January 2015
I have not met the star in the movie, but I know some of the production crew! Please support their goal to make a longer movie about Randy’s journey, in order to publicize the need to act now.
“The Reflecting Pool”, January 2016. The posts seen above are to my left.
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