stillhowlyn's travels 2008 travel blog

Our new friend, Steve, and Sweetie!

Lunch with Bill & Carol in "Old Town", La Quinta!

Native Americans demonstrate pottery & basket weaving!

Grounds around the impressive Visitor's Center

On site satellite with live feed to classrooms around the country!

"Anza's Angel" guiding Juan Bautista de Anza's party in the mid-1700s!

The desert starts to bloom!

"Delicacies" abound for the Superbowl!

A beautiful rainbow graces Clark Valley!

The highlight of our trip on Friday to Indio, about an hour's drive each way, was meeting up with friends, Bill & Carol from Denver, whom we haven't seen for at least two years. They were spending 5 days at the Outdoor Resorts in Indio en route to San Diego so we met for lunch at Clint Eastwood's "Hogs Breath Inn" in old town La Quinta. We listened enviously to recaps of their 3 week trip to Europe last fall which focused on Turkey; sailing on a Gulet along the Turquoise coast and touring the massive metropolis of Istanbul and on to many more historic locations such as Ephesus dating back to 1300 B.C. and its beautiful mosques and palaces! Then on to Paris, Belgium and Amsterdam by Eurorail! WOW - We hope to get to Europe soon but alas the exchange rate is sorely out of proportion to our dollar!

On a lesser note, we did replace the broken arm or strut caused by the recent high winds, spent precious time in Barnes & Noble, walking out with Edna's recommendation of "Eat, Pray & Love" currently on the nonfiction bestseller list, and 3 of John Le Carre's "Smiley" series, "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" being one of the better known novels. Then trips to Trader Joe's and Costco with shopping lists from our desert neighbors to add to our long list of much needed items! We have now been introduced to TJ's peach sauce (Sharon) and Italian turkey meatloaf (Steve).

Today, Saturday the 2nd, featured "Archaeology Weekend" at the Anza Borrego Desert State Park Headquarters. Lectures, displays, field trips, demonstrations of pottery and basket making by one of the local Native American tribes and a silent auction were available. We arrived just in time for a walking tour to the Archaeology and Paleontology Labs conducted by one of the knowledgeable volunteers. The artifacts and displays available at the Visitor Center here are some of the most impressive we have seen.

And wasn't that indeed a super Superbowl! I think we started out routing for the Patriots and a perfect season but by the forth quarter with such a close score we soon realized if the Giants could pull this off they were truly deserving! How nice for the lesser known Manning!

Rodger and Sharon, our friends and neighbors, came over here for the festivities although the "Queen Mary" has about a hundred or so more square feet. As luck or fate would have it the winds were once again gale-force and their satellite dish kept bouncing around thus not conducive to watching TV. Ours, being a dome, was unaffected! They brought multiple delicacies and we pitched in a few more, so a great time was had by all. Well, the fact that we considered taking Dramamine for motion sickness was only a minor setback!

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