Sunday, February 10, 2019

Day 33 - More Needles Exploring

This morning, we wandered around Needles a bit including the mostly residential area west of I-40. Bridget wanted to check out the park with boat ramp down river about a mile and a half for a kayaking trip. Not today, but once it warms up. By the end of the week, the forecasted high is in the low 70s but may be accompanied with 16 mph winds.

There are quite a few references to Route 66 including signs, murals, museums and even advertisements for the local shops. This former train station seems to house city government offices and is very nicely restored. Yesterday, we had dinner at the Wagon Wheel Restaurant here in Needles and the decor was all Historic Route 66. The restaurant, BTW, was pretty good.

This wagon was used in the filming of the movie 20 Mule Team back the late 30s. The sign mentions that only one of the four wheels an original from its borax hauling days the other three are from a Conestoga wagon. The wagon is at the southern end of the town itself. There are a couple of gas stations near the on-ramp to the interstate further south.


It was another “pool worthy” day in spite of the breeze. Only a couple of fluffy clouds and none blocking the sun. At least in mid-afternoon. The month-long stay still seems fine. I feel no need to keep moving. We are still scheduling parts of  next month. There is a mini-reunion on my mom’s side of the family in Murrieta, CA, and I managed to reserve a TT spot in Menifee which is about ten miles north of Murrieta. My mom is flying down for the reunion and our reservation brackets her visit so we would be able to provide transportation. 

4 comments:

  1. and not far from where we are in Loma Linda. Have to get together if you have time. We had breakfast with Justin K last week. Cee will be here until 14-Mar and I'll be here until 28-Mar.

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    1. For the first half or March (roughly), we will be in Palm Springs. I’m sure that there’ll be opportunity during that time for us to run over the mountains into Loma Linda. I think that it’s only around 60 miles or so...

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  2. Very iconic, that first shot, Richard. How do you like it so far not being in the dark of winter? Ok, that might be a rhethorical question.

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    1. The “dark of winter” has never bothered me much and last year was the first time that the cold of winter got annoying. But I like the spring-like weather around here. It still gets into the mid-40s at night but that’s just fine. As long as it’s above freezing.

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