Tales from the field #22

On Thursday I had to go over to Borrego Springs for an Art meeting.  I was held up by gazillions of wonderful visitors looking for the right place to stop to look at flowers.  Of course you can’t see flowers in detail when you’re driving at 55 – the speed limit along the S22 which for those non-locals is the only road between Salton City and Borrego Springs.

Purple flower in Salton City

I don’t know what it is, but it’s one of my ‘private collection’ because I’m apparently the only person who goes where this flower is.

By the time I was late for the meeting, I’d composed this in my head and plan to put it on a sign at the corner of S22.

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While you’re trolling for flowers at 20,
that vehicle that’s riding your ass
is a local that’s late getting somewhere,
so please let the tailgater pass!

Imperial County Tourism

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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!

 

 

 

goldrockNot 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.

Park Ranger and Salton Sea

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.

Salton Sea Tour.

A couple with a home in Borrego Springs had an interest in doing a round-the-Salton-Sea tour with a local, getting introduced to all those funky places the locals know about.  I was their natural choice.  (They’re also clients…)

The prior couple of days we’d had some rockin high temps – 122 and 1% humidity. But on the day – June 21st, we saw the expected drop in temperature and were blessed with clouds.

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Lois enjoying the clouds at the ‘beach’ near my house.  Some nice fat cumulus, a little virga and some crepuscular rays.

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Doug at my ‘Reflecting Pool’. As it were…..

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Compare it with the same scene 10 years ago.

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Someone got stuck in Box Canyon. I’m sure this was a Monte Carlo, I used to drive one long ago.

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The Albert Frey building that is the North Shore Yacht Club still has a beautiful backdrop.

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Lois and Bob were comparing this grotto at Salvation Mountain with some shrines they’ve seen in South East Asia. The same feeling!

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The ‘back alley’ at Salvation Mountain is a riot of color.

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We found nice shade under the ‘bridge to nowhere’.  We stepped out of that shade for the photo.  It was about 100 F at this point.

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Trailer at Salvation Mountain. Perhaps this was Leonard Knight’s former home.

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Next stop was the East Jesus Sculpture Garden. Upcycling at it’s finest.

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One of the stops you don’t get on your average tour – the green water lagoon. By now it was 106 F so we declined any further stops that involved getting out of the truck.