2 Mar 2015 Old Town Temecula, Thanksgiving, and Borrego Springs Statues by darin | posted in: California | 0 Roger showed up at our front door. Roger announced that Athena has been working too hard, and it was time for another adventure, and he would be our tour guide. Our first stop would be the City of Industry to get The Birds Breakfast of Champions at Krispy Kreme donuts. We shared in this decadent pleasure, but added a little coffee and hot chocolate to wash down the all the cake. Too much of that decadent behavior, can cause one be struck by lightening and now we are getting rain, which I fear is the warning shot across the bow. Too much worry not enough touring can cause one to get a stomach ache, especially if living off bread alone. So Roger says, “Let me eat the bread; you humans have a weak digestive system. Wagons ho!” We arrive in Old Town Temecula which is only 15 minutes South of Menifee, Ca. or perhaps seven minutes if going with the flow of traffic. We noticed a lot of grass, (The kind you mow, as well other kinds being enjoyed by the shelter impaired) around town. The town reminded us distinctly of Sisters Oregon, plus or minus a few pine trees and orange trees depending upon one’s point of reference. The Butterfield Stage established much of California, and Temecula like many places honors the old stage stop. Renaming modern things after what once was. How does it get better than burgers and cocktails being served out of a building that could have been used as a Bar, Bank, and stockade all under one roof. I love buildings with clocks on top of them. This one reminds me of a mantle clock, but larger! Thanksgiving day showed up, so before heading off to Borrego Springs we have Roger over for Thanksgiving Dinner. Athena is really cooking! We are missing my brother Randy; these are more potatoes than Sarah can eat by herself. Rolls are a little timid about coming out, but when they relax and join us, we’ll love them the same. Dinner is served, we are so glad Roger was able to join us. When traveling turkey’s of feather can be hard to come by. Continuing our voyage to Borrego Springs, we discover fuel has not been installed in the car recently and we must stop for fuel. Just off Highway 111 south- bound we stop for fuel. Athena is shooting this photo from the front seat of the car. It’s not like we have not seen and eaten a few bovine before, but these babies are eating the only green grass we have seen in 50 miles among stylish and very rare, from our perspective, palm trees. Usually cows wander around the dessert eating sage, and sniffing the base of rocks looking for sheltered roots of moderately dehydrated grass blades. Comparatively, these guys are in Club Med. These people are harvesting Bell Peppers. Lots of manual labor about the farms. This stand of trees, is a date garden. If I would have known dates grew on trees, I might of had more of them when in college. This is a baby date garden. I am not sure how date trees make babies, but the farmers separate them from adults early on. Salton Beach does not look like much of a town. We came here to see the marina, play on the beach, and buy some soda, coke, pop or what ever you call it where your from. We should not have had Roger for Thanksgiving, he would have known this town was economically depressed, and could have saved us 20 minutes. We found a home with a hint of life in it! To get to Borrego Springs we had to turn west next to the truck stop. This is a rough road, so bad that you want an empty bladder, and an empty stomach. Also allow about double the travel time, any thing over 40 mph will land you in sand with all these other poor lead footed sols. One thing for sure is Californians have a need to speed, and as a result it looks like thousands of them are off in the sand along a 10 mile stretch of this highway. We made it! Here are the statues we came to see.These creatures lived in the area about 3 million years ago according to some. The sculptures created by Ricardo Breceda based in Perris, California. There are 129 metal sculptures located in Borrego Springs. We definitely should have not had Roger for Thanksgiving, we would have seen many more statues than we saw. Just like every other cocky soul, we knew the plan and we were sure we no longer needed the guide. Then we did not follow his book all that closely, and as a result lost quite a bit. No matter, we did capture some pretty cool stuff out here, and did not get struck by lighting despite the fact that we were standing near tall metal things in the rain. My favorite tourist doing what tourist do We texted this picture home to Holly. She wanted to know who shrunk her baby sister. A mothers work is never done Sarah is checking his teeth, contemplating large animal dentistry? Then he died! This thing is one hundred percent super thin steel all welded together and designed to rust into oblivion. Glad we are not made out of thin steel, it looks even less resilient than our skin. We found Rattitui, and he looks highly distressed! We found a sea serpent, fortunately due to a lack of oil, is frozen in place. He is really long This artist really posses an exacting and unique talent. This place is too cool. Don’t get too close, and just in case you do, make sure your Tetanus vaccines are up to date.Have a good evening and a good night….