Thursday, January 5, 2023

Hole in the wall......

7:24 am - Thursday - January 5th - GNHS - 49° F, humidity 76%, wind 4 mph out of the southeast......cloudy today with a chance of rain this morning....forecast high is 61° F.  On this date in 2014 TLE and I were having lunch at the amazingly funky Tio's Tacos in Riverside, CA.....↴

The last time we bought groceries was back on December 26th on our way home from spending Christmas with our kids....that was a Monday, and now it was Wednesday......9 days later....the pantry is getting bare, so time to head into La Quinta.  As you will recall, I attempted to get a haircut back on December 26th at Supercuts, but there was a 45 minute wait, so I deferred to our next trip into town.  Now, 9 days later, I REALLY needed a haircut.  Supercuts in La Quinta opens at 10 am sharp, so we were on the road shortly after 9 am, arriving at Supercuts at 9:55 am.  Within 5 minutes I was in the seat getting my ears lowered.

From Supercuts we headed back east on Highway 111 to Walmart where we spent over $300 for groceries, paper goods, and other sundries (no alcohol).....ouch!  Next up was COSTCO where we pretty much only bought alcohol (they have great prices), then to the COSTCO fuel station to take on less than 4 gallons of premium unleaded fuel at $4.19/gallon (best price in the area by 38 cents).  Why fill up when the tank was still 3/4's full?  Well, we are heading back to Poway (San Diego) on Sunday for our dermatologist appointments (also our final medical appointments), and we don't want to have to fill up on the way.

Next we drove across the street to Home Depot where I bought a couple of things for future projects, then further east on 111 to Jefferson where we stopped off to have lunch at Tacos Gonzales (4.5 stars on 542 reviews on Yelp)......

The only picture I took was of the menu cover

Picture courtesy Yelp

Picture courtesy Yelp

....we've been passing by this place since we first arrived in the area back in October, but have never stopped.  Well, that's bad on us. It never fails that these little 'hole in the wall' Mexican places have the best Mexican food!  They have a very simple menu, the service is fast, and efficient, and the chips and salsa (you are served three different salsas with each order of chips) were for which to die.  The only thing keeping them from a 5 star rating for us is there is no alfresco dining.  On this particular day it was cloudy, breezy, and cold so eating indoors was much more preferable.  I had their 2 Crispy Taco combo plate, and TLE their 2 street taco plate....we both scrapped our plates clean.

We arrived back to GNHS without incident by 1:35 pm, and by the time TLE put everything away it was closer to 3 pm.  It is pretty hard to drive into La Quinta without being gone half the day.  By the time you count the time we spend getting ready to make the drive, and the time it takes to put everything away most of the day has passed.  Soon the sun was  slipping over the mountains to the west, and another nomadic day had passed into history.

Our Starlink continues to perform flawlessly, in fact it works so well I rarely even think about it.  What an amazing gift of technology Elon Musk has given us nomads!  

On the Wuhan flu front TLE and I continue to be asymptomatic, something for which we are grateful on a daily basis.  I wonder what percentage of the U.S. population never got the Wuhan flu?  It would be interesting to know.  If I type in the question on Google (actually I don't use Google, I use DuckDuckGo) I get 99 wildly different appears no one really knows.  The only thing TLE and I know for sure is that we haven't been symptomatic.  If we were exposed to it, but didn't get sick, then that must mean our immune systems are healthy, working as they should, and protecting us.  If we've never been exposed to it, then our living most of our lives the last 11 years in extremely rural America has been the difference.

Thanks for stopping by!

1 comment:

  1. We occasionally get takeout from Tacos Gonzales while wintering at Indian Wells RV Resort - and I agree, it's superior


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