A Day at the Salton Sea
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On Saturday we were able to spend the day with Barry.  Seeing how we had already done the "neat stuff" like Joshua Tree and the Tram, all that was left was a drive out to Indio for a date shake and a visit to the Salton Sea.

Not knowing what to expect, it ended up being a very fun day.  We stopped for breakfast in Indio and continued going east, discovering the joys of artichokes, headless muffler men, derelict night clubs and finally a state park.  On the way back we did the proper tourist thing -- we stopped at an oasis for a date shake.

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A little east of Indio we came across an artichoke field. Artichokes are a winter crop because it so cool.
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Did he just pick that?
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Or was it just laying on the ground... it seemed to inspire wonder... like a lotus or something else just as holy. We are in awe.
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We seem to found eternal happiness in the holy thistle...
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... until we come across this headless giant. Now we know are just this side of Nirvana!
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"I only regret I have but one head to lose for my muffler"
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Now cough.
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Gregg has really stuck his foot in it this time.
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Why not? It is their store.
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A few more miles down the road, we see the Salton Sea in the distance, but this impressive sight is between the highway and the shore.
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It appears to be an abandoned art deco building.
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It is all boarded up.
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It must have been some swinging night club back in the 50's & 60's.
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It was called "Aces & Spades". So far out into the middle of nowhere. I can't imagine who would need to "get away" from Palm Springs 50 years ago.
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Gregg and Barry investigated the place. We all wondered what happened to the place...
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The beach for the place was very freaky. The beach is made up of several feet deep of sun-bleached shells... maybe small snails, shrimp or some type of barnacle.
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Winds have been blowing the shells into dunes for 40+ years. See how they have buried the slide and this submarine playground toy.
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The water is very yucky looking. Barry didn't want to drink it, now matter how thirsty he was.
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What?! A marina?
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Heading back to Palm Springs, we stop at the Oasis Date Garden outside of Indio to enjoy a date shake.
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Almost back to Palm Springs, we stop at Sear to try on a shoe phone. (Was that a size 86 or 99?)
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Back at the Desert Bear Resort.