As is usual for me, I avoid cities, so skirted LA, then drove through San Bernardino, Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, and into La Qinta with a stop at Shields Date Farm where we bought dates, dried fruit and their famous date shakes. Continuing on through Indio we took the turnoff to the Salton Sea and arrived at the campground on the east coast, just before sunset. This gave us time to walk to the picturesque beach and watch the scores of wintering birds. I had planned on making this an overnight stop but an early morning walk to the lagoon changed my mind. The lagoon I walked was teeming with hundreds of birds. Add So we extended our stay to enjoy the warm weather and balmy breeze.