Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Mecca bound.....

 8:24 am - Wednesday - November 16th - GNHS - 60° F, 18% humidity (lowest it has been since we arrived), wind 20 mph out of the north......wind began blowing around 6 pm last night, and is still blowing over 20 as I write.....the Santa Anas are here again)....crystal clear, blue, sunny skies today with a forecast high of 71° F.  On this date in 2016 I was on my home after have cataract surgery on my left eye.....TLE stopped off at the local In 'N Out Burger (9 am in the morning) to get me my↴

There were no surprise UTV bookings on Tuesday.  We ended up taking another walk before the forecast Santa Ana winds would arrive getting in a 1.35 mile loop walk around the park.....

Our post walk picture

....I took care of a few chores, then we decided to drive into Mecca to do a small shopping at the local Dollar Tree store, and then a local Mexican market (El Super Toro Loco #4), which had quite good produce according to TLE.  We managed to get everything we needed without driving all the way to La Quinta.  After a quick stop at the local Post Office we headed over to the ARCO Travel Center to get a couple of Frappuccinos....a Mocha for me, and a Pumpkin Spice for TLE, plus I bought one of their lunch sandwiches (Pesto Turkey with Provolone cheese on ciabatta bread....yum!).....they have the best sandwiches!......

....on the way back we stopped off at Salton Sea Recreation Area, which has a Visitors Center, and nice bathrooms (I needed to use the bathroom) was actually nicer than I expected....I don't know why, but it was.....

Kind of a mid century modern motif

....we were home by 1:30 pm, at which time I changed into my pool clothes and drove over to the hot springs tubs in the Mule.  I really was in need of a soak, and this was the perfect anecdote.....

Got another pair of  polarized sunglasses.....I know, I've got a sunglass problem....I think I've got 5 pairs now.  To be fair, these were free...I only paid $6 shipping and handling....I'm a sucker for those Instagram

I never tire of this view

.....I love Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays as I have the whole place to myself.  I turned on the Etta James channel on Pandora, and listened to some Rhythm and Blues while I soaked for about 45 minutes (which included a lap in the pool) before returning home, at which time a nap was in order.

The plan for dinner was for me to grill another steak on the Sea-B-Que, but the aforementioned Santa Anas came up, and it was just too windy to grill, so TLE cooked it using her cast iron grill pan.....the steak actually came out pretty good, but there really is nothing like the sear the Sea-B-Que applies at 450° F.

There was no 'lido deck' action Tuesday evening due to the winds, so we watched the recorded 2.5 hour season premier of Yellowstone, and then a Hallmark Christmas movie before heading off to dreamland to the sounds of gusting winds.  Oh, by the way, we had to stow the patio and window awnings, and take down the sail shades for the first time since we arrived.

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