FROM PALA (land of surprises) TO AGUANGA TO ANZA BORREGO TO SALTON SEA

This area in the mountains above Temecula is full of adventure! We searched for our fortune digging for precious gems and playing the slots. We drove up Highway 79 to the Outdoor Sky Art Gallery of sculptor Ricardo Breceda, the artist who created the amazing statues in Galleta Meadows in Borrego Springs. The RV Resort at the Pala Casino is new, the sites are big, lots of grass, a pool and two Jacuzzis. Up the Highway is Gems of Pala where you can dig into a pile brought in from a nearby mine, fill a bucket and then sift the dirt in hopes of finding a gem such as tourmaline. Below is Alan’s catch!

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A fellow digger had a stellar find maybe worth a lot of money!

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If you don’t make it at the mine, then try your luck at the casino. This was a good win. I won’t bother to show the losses.

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THE FANTASTIC SKY ART GALLERY OF RICARDO BRECEDA IS A SIGHT TO BEHOLD. AND WE WERE FORTUNATE TO CHAT WITH THE ARTIST.
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UP OVER THE MOUNTAIN THROUGH RAIN SOAKED JULIAN, IT IS ALWAYS A PLEASURE TO NEGOTIATE THE WINDING ROAD INTO THE DESERT WHICH YIELDS BLUE SKIES AND WARM TEMPS. THE PALM CANYON HOTEL & RV PARK IN BORREGO SPRINGS IS ALWAYS A PLEASURE.

OUR NEXT STOP IS ALWAYS A FAVORITE. THE SALTON SEA! IT IS CHOKED WITH SALT, THE TILAPIA DIE OFF AND ARE DRIED OUT IN A GASPING FOR AIR POSE. THE WATER LOOKS YUCKY – BUT STILL IT IS A GREAT SITE TO WATCH THE GRACEFUL EGRETS AND HERONS AND THE NOT-SO-GRACEFUL PELICANS. AND SUNSETS OVER THE SEA ARE ALWAYS SPECTACULAR!
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THE NORTH SALTON SEA STATE RECREATION CAMPGROUND FEATURES ABOUT 15 SITES WITH HOOK UPS. GETS A BIT NOISY WITH THE TRAIN RUMBLING THROUGH. ITS ONE OF OUR FAVORITE CAMPSITES!
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MAMMOTH DURING OFF SEASON -QUIET AND COLD

THE SUMMER SEASON IS OVER AND THE WINTER SKIERS HAVE NOT YET ARRIVED.  THE SKY IS CLEAR, THE LAKES SPARKLING, THE FISHERMAN NEARLY ABSENT, THE FALL COLORS HAVE MUTED AND FISHING SEASON IS STILL IN SWING.  THIS IS THE FIRST WEEKEND IN NOVEMBER.

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ABOVE IS CONVICT LAKE, SEEMINGLY FISHLESS, AND GULL LAKE, DITTO..

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AT 8,500 FEET, TWIN LAKES SPARKLE IN THE SUN AND ARE SURROUNDED BY SNOW, MUCH OF IT ICY AND VERY SLIPPERY. THE WATERFALL IS GUSHING, THE FISH BITING AND WE WATCH A WEDDING PLANNER HELPING A GROUP OF YOUNG LADIES PLAN A LAKESIDE WEDDING.

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WE EAT TONITE!

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A BALD EAGLE SOARS OVERHEAD.

BELOW IS THE TAMARACK LODGE AT TWINLAKES. THE DINING ROOM BOASTS FINE DINING (AND FINE PRICES), THE LOBBY FEATURES A COZY FIRE, A LIGHT BREAKFAST FOR PATRONS, AND A VIEW OFTHE LAKES.

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DOWN IN BISHOP WE MADE OUR DONATION TO THE NATIVE AMERICANS AT THE PIUTE CASINO AND STOPPED AT SCHATTS. IN LONE PINE ALAN RAN INTO HIS FRIEND JOHN WAYNE.

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FUN GETAWAY IN THE EASTERN SIERRAS.
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