We really hate not having the internet !!
One positive though, is the awesome library here in the Foothills.
This is probably one of the nicest libraries we have visited.
Teresa and I were longing for a road trip, and decided to see for ourselves what others have told us about The Slabs near the Salton Sea.
Of course, every successful road trip starts with an amazing breakfast at Cracker Barrel.
With that out of the way, we drove out to Niland, California, where the Slabs are located.
I sure do not want to offend anyone, but Teresa and I were afraid to even get out of our car in Niland to ask for directions.
And from there it went even more downhill.
The Slabs, or Slab City as some call it, is a unique snapshot of some very colorful characters.
But first, a bit of a history lesson. In the early 40's, the US Marine Corp built this base and called it Camp Dunlap.
When it was decommissioned in the 60's, the military removed the buildings, but left the cement slab foundations in place.
Since that time, many folks stay here for free.
Some are snowbirds, who leave in the spring with their rigs, and some are homeless, who live here year round in poverty.
Sorry, we don't have photos, but we were very uncomfortable, and also out of respect for the residents.
Apparently The Slabs were not quite as threatening, even just a few years ago.
Okay, now just on the edge of the slabs, is a place called Salvation Mountain.
This "mountain" is a piece of art created over many years by one man.
Made of straw adobe, it is covered in thousands of gallons of paint, much of it donated.
Although the artist is currently not present, there are many volunteers trying to maintain it under the unforgiving harsh conditions.
Our next stop was the Salton Sea.
We parked at a recreation spot, with the intentions of having a picnic on the shoreline.
Not going to happen !! Not only was the smell horrible, but the beach was covered in dead fish.
The problem is this sea was accidentally created by the flooding of the Colorado River, and because there is no outflow of water, it is slowly getting more and more salty, and will no longer support life.
On the plus side, it is a birder's paradise.
We had a great laugh at the outcome of our road trip, and were soon heading for home, holding hands and listening to some relaxing CD's.
No matter what we do, or where we go, we are just thankful to be doing this together.
Our time here is running short, and on Friday we will be arriving at the most beautiful resort we have ever seen in Palm Springs.
See you there !!