After leaving Borrego Springs I headed back to Palm Springs and arrived safe and sound at Ken and Karen's. After visiting for a bit It was decided that after I turned the bike into Eagle Rider in the AM Karen and I would go up on the Palm Springs Tram.
Up to that point I did not even know such a thing existed and apparently it is the second steepest Tram in the world. The car holds 80 people and the floor revolves 2 and 1/2 times on the way up. Monday was a bad day to go as for most people it was a holiday in lieu of New Years Day so we spent most of our time in 1 line or another but it was still something to see and experience.
Ken took me to the airport and what a beautiful airport it is and so little stress. The checkin is tight out front Outside! Just stop, walk a few steps, Checkin, Drop off luggage and carry on through the security checkin.
The flight was great just a little bumpy landing in Calgary because of the wind. The next pictures were taken in the Palm Springs airport. Again what a beautiful place.
Friday, 6 January 2012
After picking up the motorcycle I got on I 10 and at the top of the pass determined that I had missed my exit as I was headed for Blythe,,not the Salton Sea. So I managed to get turned around several miles away and then exited heading south and proceeded down the east side of the Salton Sea. I do not know too much about this area. There were several State Parks you could camp in but not too many towns or facilities until you reached the southernmost end. I stopped for fuel in Calpatricand headed west. I passed the Sonny Bono Wildlife Refuge and turned south after stopping at the Border Patrol station...What I failed to see is why the Border Patrol is so far away from the border? Anyway I was headed toward Julian, California and saw the sign for Agua Caliente Regional Park. At this point I was thinking that any of those people who think the desert is flat are sadly mistaken. One has to go over several mountain Ranges and many twists and turns in this area. Extremely beautiful.
camped in this lovely location. We had a gorgeous Hot Springs to soak in and a couple of the San Diego clubs are chefs and we had the most beautiful meals served in this rugged campsite. I was surprised that the cost was so reasonable at 40.00/person we had 5 meals and camping and beer and wine. I came to find out that at a store called Trader Joe's one can pick up a very nice bottle of wine for 2.99. WOW!
What a diverse group were gathered here and I can hardly wait to go again. Although I had to use the hot rock in my sleeping bag trick to keep me warm...No one else would volunteer, I had a warm and cozy welcome to this desert campout.