Desert Hot Springs , cont’d

We’ve been keeping busy here in the Palm Springs area. Went for a bike ride with Kathie & Rick in the NW part of Pam Springs to tour the mid-century modern homes. Came upon a photo shoot for what looked like an advertising project as they had models sitting in a convertible in front of a “Welcome to Palm Springs” sign.

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At one point this was Lily Tomlin’s house.

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This house is where Elvis spent a year including his honeymoon.

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Shawn, our youngest son, flew into LAX on Saturday. We spent a bit of time on the beach and in Santa Monica before heading back to Desert Hot Springs.

Large waves were hitting the beach. I was waiting for a large wave to break behind Shawn and didn’t notice one coming in. We both got wet feet 🙂

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We made another trip up the mountain across the road. This time with Shawn.

On Family Day/Presidents Day we made a driving tour of the Salton Sea with Kathie & Rick.

Shawn got to see the beach makeup on the east side of the sea when we stopped at the park information center.

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We drove out to Slab City and toured through Salvation Mountain. Quite the art installation.

After some wrong turns and misdirections we found ourselves at the end of a muddy road behind one of the thermal power plants at the south end of the sea. We trekked across a muddy field to look at the mud pots bubbling away. If you wanted a full mud bath or facial this might be the place to come for the mud.

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We continued the trip heading down to Brawley and then east on 78 until we got to the viewpoint area midway across the Imperial sand dunes. With it being a long weekend the dunes were heavily tracked and there were lots of sand buggies and ATV’s running around the dunes.

Shawn and I tried sliding down one of the steeper dunes on a piece of cardboard but that failed miserably. We did end up having fun and getting some exercise though.

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After we’d had fun at the dunes and some lunch we headed off for Borrego Springs.

We stopped at some of the sculptures we hadn’t seen before and also the ones that we’d seen but Kathie and Rick hadn’t seen when they were out this way.

On our way back home we drove through the boondocking area on Rockhouse Rd. We had thought we might come out here after Sam’s but now we are planning on going back to Quartzsite before heading up into Arizona and Utah.

We stopped along the highway at the badlands where Shawn and I climbed down in a bit to get some better pictures. Jane wasn’t impressed as she doesn’t like heights or us getting near the edge of big drop offs.

 

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