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Re: MORE random stuff about your day

Postby Six String » 27 Oct 2019, 22:12

A good night sleep last night in Lordsburg which is about all it's good for besides watching the Atros wollop the Nationals. Another long stretch of road and we moved into saguaro and chollas country which helped refresh the highway scenery. Speaking of scenery I forgot to mention that on the road south from Fort Stockton to Big Bend we saw a real live cattle drive with cowboys on horses and a long line of cattle two or three abreast moving parallel with the road.

We arrived in Gila Bend for a night at the Space Age Lodge. The office looks like a planetarium but instead of stars, you look up at murals of spacecraft. We were a little early so we walked across the street to Little Italy, a restaurant. Walking in we were greeted by a combination of Halloween decorations and aliens. There was a lifesize figure that looked like grandpa from The Addams Family show wearing a tshirt advertising the restaurant that says "If you like my meatballs you're going to love my sausage." They had an article from the local paper (once a week) with pictures of Prince Harry who was here in 2011 for military helicopter training and he and his buds stopped in for pizza (meat lover's) and he handwrote a letter to the owner who missed all the excitement due to a dust storm. The Trip Advisor has given the place an award of excellence for four years running so you know it's good. ;)

We are resting our weary bones with a little snack and a Sardegna Vermentino in the room before walking across the road for dinner and plan on staying in our room for the evening to watch Houston take the lead in the World Series.

Tomorrow we land at Joshua Tree National Park, staying at the Inn where Gram Parson had his last hurrah. We're in room 7 next to his (8) which is pretty much perpetually reserved. I don't have any lyrcs of his songs memorized so I'm hoping someone there will be able to lead any singing that might happen. Stay tuned!
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Re: MORE random stuff about your day

Postby Minnie the Minx » 27 Oct 2019, 22:16

Excellent stuff Les! Sounds like you’re having a wild time!
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Postby Six String » 27 Oct 2019, 22:22

It's been surreal.


In a good way.

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Postby Minnie the Minx » 27 Oct 2019, 22:24

I’ve been working my way through Deborah Madison’s excellent cookbooks - and today amongst other things made a barley, corn and bean soup with sage which is delicious.

Now sat in the back garden wishing Texas could be like this more often - it’s cool, sunny and even all the bluejays and cardinals seem to be appreciating it.
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Postby Six String » 28 Oct 2019, 00:22

I have to add that the restaurant had a picture of "The Last Sit Down" which was a picture of all the famous Mafia bosses sitting together like the Last Supper. The owner is from Sicily. They had an almost life size cutout of Prince Harry on the wall at the booth he ate at. The weirdness continues.....

Edit: a guy at the restaurant had a tshirt that said "I'm just here for the sex." :shock: While watching the World Series we heard our neighbors doing the horizontal bop. :o Was it the same guy? :?:

Forgot to mention our visit to Tucson today. We had some time to burn so we searched for a coffee house in town and picked Passe' on Fourth Ave. It appears to be a hip and historical neighborhood. They had some cool clubs and restaurants spread over multiple blocks. Another thing we saw was a meter on the street that accept coins and is donated to rhe homeless. Not sure how it works but an interesting idea. We ran into some minor dust storms out of Tucson and various signs about what to do in case you're in one like don't stop in a traffic lane, pull over, etc.

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Postby Jimbo » 28 Oct 2019, 10:19

I'm put off a little when I see a person alone on the street talking to their cell phone. They resemble a nut talking to themselves. But even more off putting was what I saw today, this homeless looking guy - wild hair, street tan, cheap sports clothes - not talking to himself but talking wirelessly into his cell phone. Everybody's got one I guess.
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Postby Minnie the Minx » 28 Oct 2019, 11:23

The video of Trump getting booed at the World Series last night and the banners being unfurled saying “Lock Him Up” has made my week already!
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Postby Six String » 28 Oct 2019, 14:01

Yes! A little pay back.

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Postby Minnie the Minx » 28 Oct 2019, 14:09

It was fantastic. Absolutely fantastic.
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Postby Jimbly » 28 Oct 2019, 16:46

I was sent two pictures today of wee girls that graced our house for a while. Curly Wurly Gurly is now 7 and Madame is now 3. Both are doing great. Total coincidence that both came today.

Just a pity I was chopping onions at the time.....
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Postby Flower » 28 Oct 2019, 17:12

Jeemo wrote:I was sent two pictures today of wee girls that graced our house for a while. Curly Wurly Gurly is now 7 and Madame is now 3. Both are doing great. Total coincidence that both came today.

Just a pity I was chopping onions at the time.....


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Postby Flower » 29 Oct 2019, 01:24

I must be tired .. I just read Hightea's signature and thought that it said "Trump for President in 2020" .. I thought that it was odd and tried to click on it but then I saw that it said "Trump for Prison" and that my sleepy self thought that it said President .. I totally agree and am no longer confused.
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Postby Six String » 29 Oct 2019, 03:33

Joshua Tree National Park was amazing today. We did a lot of tromping around but too tired to write so I'll do that tomorrow when we arrive in Tulare. I will say that the Joshua Tree Inn is a great little place to stay. Awesome courtyard includng a stage where they host the Gram Parsons Tribute shows "Sleepless Nights. More tomorrow.

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Postby Six String » 30 Oct 2019, 01:59

We entered Joshua Tree (park) from the south side as the Inn was on the north side which allowed us to see a lot (most) of the park before the end of the day. Those trees, really members of the agave family, are so bizarre looking and they are everywhere. There is a shockingly diverse group of flora in the park. One f the other bzarre collections was a jumping cholla garden which was really just a large area where this type of cactus seems happy. It was crazy seeng so many of one plant for a few acres on both sides of the road. They are called jumping chollas because if you get too close to them they will attach their spiny needles to you as they are like dandelions the way the flowers can blow in the wind. They had beautiful yellow flowers on them as well for that "come hither" look. Of course we stopped at Cap Rock to pay respects to Gram. This is where his manager and roady brought him after "stealing" his body at the airport as it was beng loaded to go to Louisiana to be buried. Here's the story on wiki. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Gram_Parsons for those unfamiliar with the story. The park is probably one of my favorites of all time. For those who think the desert is devoid of life and ugly, this place will change your mind. The rocks/boulders, plants and colors are inspiring. Hoping to see a roadrunner or a bighorn sheep but no luck.

We pulled into the Joshua Tree Inn and found the staff on the phone with someone from outside of the U.S. wanting to reserve the entire inn (12 rooms) for a group. Was that you Yves? They charge ($50) for each room straight away which means the person on the phone was on for $600 so they were trying to find out the details of possible reimbursement if their friends failed to follow through. Short story long, we waited about fifteen minutes for this phone call to finish but there were many cool mementos on the walls to look at and a guitar sitting on a stand so I played Gram's Sin City to pass the time. The young woman recommended Pappy & Harriet's in Pioneer town eleven miles away for dinner. I knew of the place but thought of it as a music venue instead of a dining establishment as it is where Macca played a few years ago around tge time his tour landed in L.A. It's not only a tiny stage but the music area is small as well. Lots and lots of photos of artists who have played there from Lucinda Williams, Jim Lauderdale to Thelonious Monster and more. It took almost 30 minutes to get seated (the lady at the Inn said it was their slow night and we'd have no problems getting a table. Rebecca ordered a Glenfiddich while waiting and was rewarded with a dram of massve proportion for $9.50. It was more than a double pour, almost filling the glass. :o It was open mic night at Pappy's wth various levels of quality. I was going to sign up but realized I didn't have a guitar strap with me and tge stage was set for standing musicians. I have been playing pretty casual situations at hme where sitting is an option so it was a rookie mistake. Rebecca thought I was better than two of the first three we heard and we only stayed for four acts as our table needed to change and we were done in many ways. The place was so busy and crowded that it made it difficult for us having been in quiet/peaceful places most f the day. The reason they call it Pioneer Town is that it had been a place Hollywood had built for a movie and then left it behind. Some of the evidence was next to the auxiliary parking lot of Pappy's. A virtual western town all by itself. The town, such as is, is up in the hills north of Yucca Valley. Cudos to Rebecca for drivIng to Pappy's just before sundown which as searing our eyeballs as we headed west on 29 Palms Highway before finally turning north the final three miles. Walking out to the car afterwards we were rewarded by an amazing display of stars in the sky.

On the way east we went through Death Valley and on the return trip we came through the Colorado desert (Joshua Tree) and the Mojave desert. I didn't even know there was a town called Mojave.

We arrived in Tulare (Tulare Dust, a Merle Haggard reference) road weary. You know you're tired when arriving at your hotel makes you happy. We are 214 miles from home now so an easy drive tomorrow as long as we don't dink around and get caught in commute traffic. We shouldn't as it would be unusual for us to get a late start in the day.

We'd like to thank the Baron and Minnie for allowing us to stay with them in Austin. It was a nice reprieve after being with family for five nights and before we turned around to head west. It's been an extraordinary trip, one of my best and happy that Rebecca and I did so well together for 26 days! As Flower mentioned it isn't always easy being with someone all the time for such a long stretch but we did it.

Edit:we drove through Bakersfield and I saw the Crystal Palace (Buck Owens' old haunt) from the highway. Later we passed the exit for Merle Haggard Avenue.
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Re: MORE random stuff about your day

Postby Flower » 30 Oct 2019, 11:21

Thanks for all the updates and information (that might be used in the future or not but thanks all the same.) So glad that you guys had such a fun time and can't imagine all the work, planning, hundreds of details, that this trip entailed.

Have a smooth journey home. :)
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Postby Six String » 30 Oct 2019, 14:36

Thanks. Rebecca did a lot of the organizng as that is her special power. She had done a similar but shorter trip with a girlfriend last year so she also had some real experience.

I forgot to mention another movie location we saw which was in Boron, CA yesterday in the Mojave Desert. It is where Erin Brockovich was filmed and also where borax is/was mined. The town of Boron has two small museums next to each other. One is about military jets (Edwards AFB is nearby where they are tested as well as where astronauts begin their training (see the Right Stuff). The other museum is about the mining of borax. It's all about the 20 Mule Team Borax Company which is how they got the mineral out of the ground and to market. It was used for laundry soap and other cleaning uses back in the day. We actually visited the borax museum as we needed to use the restroom and the local grocer had no public facilities. Besides the artifacts of minng and support we saw a few minutes of a dvd about the process. Who knew the hooking up of the twenty mules was so complex? The Twenty Mule Team Borax Company also supported the tv western Death Valley Days in the 1950s.
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Postby harvey k-tel » 30 Oct 2019, 14:57

I've really enjoyed your road-trip tales, Les! Makes me want to do something similar. I've been to various parts of the southwest, but never to Texas.
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Postby Six String » 30 Oct 2019, 15:36

Thanks John. I should have started a thread instead of posting here but that didn't become obvious until I had made a couple of posts and I decided not to split it up.

Traveler hint. If you don't want to do posh rooms the Comfort Inn was easily the most consistent place we stayed in terms of quality. They were always quiet, spacious and provided really good beds. We stayed in a few nice places along the way but the basic needs were not better than the Comfort Inn and they seemed to be everywhere, even in the smallest towns.

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Postby Minnie the Minx » 30 Oct 2019, 15:52

It’s been great reading about your journey Les! It’s certainly sparked my interest in a road trip that’s usually kept in check by my absolute aversion to anything involving long car rides.
It was a joy to have you here, feel free to come back anytime!
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Postby Minnie the Minx » 30 Oct 2019, 16:31

Also, I don’t know if you have pictures in your attic but you and Rebecca don’t look any older than you did in 2010! What’s the secret?
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