It has been a very interesting two weeks here in LaQuinta. Man is seriously in love with this place!
We visited Joshua Tree National Park, the Salton Sea (just briefly, hope to bring you more on this area soon), the Palm Springs Tram ride (an experience I know I will never forget!), Indian Canyon (where we hiked and had a wonderful day). Our first week was spent with MOC friends Bob and Mina who unknown to us, booked into the same campground for same days, love when that happens. Man's cousin from Los Angeles came to visit for the day. It sure was great to see Bob and Pat.
We overdosed, or tried, on color, flowers, trees that are green and even green grass (most of which was real, but, mmm, some astro turf was noted here and there, an extension of "go green", I suppose). The weather was quite pleasant and mild, EXCEPT for our last 24 hours, there was a dust wind storm and it got a bit spicy for a while. Tana rocked and rolled, one gust was so strong it tipped one of the slides in a bit and a blast of dust blew in. I had to check the next AM to see if we were still IN LaQuinta. We were.
They grow dates here, LOTS AND LOTS of dates. Information varies, of course, but, we were told at the Visitor's Center in Palm Springs, that the only area/country that exports more dates that this area is Iran. I found this interesting web page that described date palms, the harvesting and other information.
|Date Palm farm.|
|Ladders used to harvest the dates.|
You can see they are not low to the ground,
nope, won't find me climbing around up there.
|Closer view of a ladder, does not look all |
that substantial either, does it?
There are horses here, riding horses, jumping horses, polo horses. There is even an equestrian camping area here. I would have liked to grab an opportunity to photograph the polo horses, but, somehow the opportunity just did not happen.
We found it quite interesting to discover we are camped at sea level, no sea in sight, there is however that nice lake/pond/water thingy going on.
We have enjoyed the 2 weeks we spent here in La Quinta California, will remember it for a long time, memories like this photo are hard to forget: