Friday, June 20, 2008


Indio California is truly an oasis town in the desert. Kris and I had traveled through the high deserts on our last trip between Barstow and Las Vegas. But other than a visit to Palm Springs she had never seen the low desert. And a true stereo typical desert it is too. Complete with bad lands, dry gulches and even few sand dunes tossed in for good measure.

Indio hosts the massive Riverside County Fair each year in conjunction with the Date Festival. That’s Dates as in food from a palm tree not a social mixer for guys and girls. The festival was an event we never missed both as a family and with our school band.
I thought it would be fun to see the city again, and revisit the festival site. Then have a quick bite of lunch then head out to the Salton Sea. The Salton Sea is a large inland salt water lake. It also boasts one the lowest elevations in the country, second only to Death Valley which is just 5 feet lower.
We wrapped up our visit stopping in Banning, California which is the closest town at the base of the mountain. We met my friend Ron and his wife again for dinner. As before the evening went by too fast.


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