My god, so much has happened. Four or five days and everything is on its head again. Just getting out of the plague thing and we now get to segue into rioting and insurrection. What's next, multi armed invaders from space?
The fearless leader just back from what he maintains was a quick bunker inspection. I am not quite sure if it smacks more of the French Revolution or the Führerbunker? Maybe Czechoslovakia, 1968? Do we get tanks, a guillotine or a cyanide pill? Doesn't feel like it is going to end real well.
So a quick couple thoughts before I go back to birds. You may call me a pearl clutcher but there is never a reason to damage other people's property that you don't even know because you are angry. They don't deserve it, they don't have it coming. Hurt people that have it coming if you must and feel the need to. Not innocent people who are not part of your movie. That is what petulant children do. Your legitimate message becomes completely lost when you resort to the chaos card.
I have a friend who just boarded up his store. We are supposedly getting a demonstration tonight here. I hope that I never need to board up mine. I guess we will see.
EPA limits states and tribes’ ability to protest pipelines and other energy projects. The right is perfectly happy to protest the second amendment and the freedom of religion, to advocate for an abortion ban. Hell, you can even bring your heavy weaponry. But god forbid you say anything bad about fossil fuels or pollution.
So enough reality. Last time I checked in we were smoking fish.
Brian and Sandra know what they are doing.
We had ocean whitefish, which is similar to lake whitefish but not exactly the same, taste wise. Moist, very good.
A big black cod, also known as sablefish. Very high oil content.
Big eye tuna. High fat content but not extraordinary. Will make great tuna fish.
Salmon. They dry brined it and it was superb but we needed more.
here on ebird. I missed some shots and made some shots but had a great day nonetheless. Love them or hate them, feel free to rate them.
We saw some lovely birds, including this green heron.
O. It was nice. A little loose in spots, could use some tightening up, but nice layout and design. we were approximately thirty five years older than anyone else there.
We had reservations to a cheaper place but they had called the night before and said due to Covid, no pool or spa and that was not going to work and we cancelled.
Water was great, we were in the jacuzzi past midnight. I would definitely stay there again. The music was annoying, lots of seventies and eighties yacht rock.
I got up at five o'clock the next morning and drove out to the Big Morongo Canyon Reserve, about twenty minutes away.
Morongo and the adjacent Covington Park sit on an old native village that was in turn later homesteaded in the 1870's by a family named Warren. Lots of big trees and a flora and fauna combination that may not have a corollary in Southern California.
Home to many beautiful red birds, including summer tanagers, vermilion flycatachers, hepatic tanagers, western tanagers and more.
But I got to the gate and saw this.
But then I had a thought. People were getting into Morongo, I saw it on ebird. But how? I found a Mexican guy who was there with his girlfriend and worked for the county.
He showed me a gate I could use.
Hot damn. But honestly I was a little tired. Three solid days walking and my feet and legs frankly ached. So I did the shorter Marsh loop. It is a boardwalk. Fabulous.
I decided that I wanted to come back very soon when my feet were in better form and go after the canyon itself. It is so great!
But not yesterday. Better part of valor and all that.
I went back to the spa and had another dip.
Took pictures of some of the other guests.
Very colorful group.
Drove in to Palm Springs and saw Bob Kaplan after a quick lunch at Rick's. Amazing lunch. Cuban. I had a Cuban sandwich. He marinates his pork loin for twenty four hours and I am a nut for it. Great rice and beans too. Plantains. One more stop at Hadley's for a date banana shake and we were on the road again.
Be safe everybody. Protest if you feel the need, but do not hurt yourselves or anyone else.