On Monday we took 2 cars to PALM SPRINGS (as one couple was planning on going on to Joshua Tree) for a ride on the AERIAL TRAM ($22.95 pp). It was very enjoyable with wonderful views. Son and Daughter-in-law spent some time hiking around the park at the top. Husband, daughter and her ‘not-able-to-walk-too-far-fiancé’ and I stayed back and had a drink in the bar and took in the views of Palm Springs.
The four of us continued on our way to find SALVATION MOUNTAIN in Niland, while passing by the Salton Sea. Salvation Mountain seems to get a mixed review on this forum---I gotta tell you, we thoroughly enjoyed it! What an unusual site—the artist (appeared to be in his 90’s) was there still painting away. We talked with him awhile and explored the ‘mountain’, taking lots of photos. I just love those road-side oddities—they are one of a kind!!
The sun was starting to go down so we checked the GPS for the fastest way back to Temecula which turned out to be below the Salton Sea back up north a bit then heading west, ended back up to where we were the day before, by Borrego Springs. It was a bit eerie making the trip back in the pitch darkness through the flat desert and the mountainy roads.
On Tuesday, 7 of us headed off to San Diego for a WHALE WATCHING trip aboard the “America” $65 pp for a 4 hour cruise with water and snacks included. (We also packed a light lunch and a few bottles of wine). Well worth it despite the fact that my daughter’s fiancé managed to lose the diamond from her engagement ring overboard (long story—luckily it was insured and a replacement will be forthcoming!). We saw a few whales and thoroughly enjoyed the view of San Diego from the water. Al, the sailor was entertaining and fun—I would definitely recommend this tour that leaves in front of the maritime museum. On the way back we could not pass up a stop at yet another winery. This time it was ORFILA WINERY in Esconcido—a large facility with an extensive list of wines.