Friday, January 20, 2017

January 6, 2017 - In-Ko-Park Road

On a trip to San Diego, we stopped at the Desert View Tower.  We had the cat in the truck and had to leave the truck running, so we didn't have a lot of time.  We checked it out, asked some questions and took a few pictures.  we'll be returning to get a fuller look, later.

There had been an old road that ran through the mountains to the valley.  When they put in a modern road, it cut across the old road.  Bert Vaughn got the credit for the design of the new road and he built the desert tower as a monument to the workers who built the road.

You take the exit for In-Ko-Pah park road, which comes up pretty suddenly on the winding mountain roads.  Then a drive up a long road to the park area.  We passed by a place with a house, several RVs, and lots of junk. (Did I just see a flying saucer?)  The tower park has great views of the surrounding lands.  Admission is only $6.50, but as stated, no time. There are some "caves".  The attendant, said it's really mostly a walk through rocks.  In there, a number of early native wall drawings can be seen.  I'm sure the view from the actual tower is great.  We took pictures from the "lobby" and found out that the guy down the road is a bit of a hoarder.  Apparently, he filled his house with collectables, bought an RV, filled it, bought another, filled it. and on and on.  Interesting.

A visitor

Oh, it was a flying saucer!!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Slacker!!! January 2017

We haven't been doing much to talk about because of the situation with the truck.  We'll be getting it looked at this week so hopefully, there will be more for me to talk about. 

However, there have been some great sunrises and sunsets plus I took some additional pictures from around the campground.

I promise to get more done soon.

One morning

 One morning, after dropping her off for work, the sunrise developing behind me was fantastic.  I pulled into the rest stop off the road and spent a few minutes caturing these pictures.

Interstate 8. Jamie Obeso Sumbean Rest Area

my favorite cactus at Rio Bend. Continues to bloom

Sunset happening

A full moon peeking through the trees

Friday, January 6, 2017

January 1st 2017 - Rio Bend

We've settled in here in the valley.  Quiet farm community. 

Our camper is placed in an RV and Golf resort park.  I walked around and took a few pictures.  We have a flock of geese that wander around the small lake and seem to have rounds they do, as they are always in the same places at certain times.  There are lots of activities going on here in the park, and all the things you'd need for comfortable living.  Full Hookups, cable TV, Wi-Fi, A nice clean laundry and a gym. 

This is probably one of the nicest places we've been.  The spaces are wide and roomy, and especially ours as we are in a corner lot and have even more than the rest.  Now we just have to get plugged into the local activities more.  Shuffleboard, anyone?

Farming out here is different than what I've seen.  There are actually crops like cabbage growing right now.  The plots of land are turned and leveled,  Then they lay out irrigation channels.  The crop is planted between the rows and sections of pipe with sprinklers on the end are layed out.  These pipes all connect to a pump system that pulls water from a encircling ditch that is fed from the local canals.  It's just different.

Park entrance.  The roads in this county are horrible.

Our big corner lot.

This part of the park road is apparently owned by these noisy geese

Great sunset one evening at the outdoor bar.

Basic style motif here is antique buckboards and cactus.

Beautiful course

Farming is the desert is a completely different approach than in the northern plains, for sure.