This morning we hooked up the Cardinal for a 4 day weekend at The Fountain of Youth SPA on the eastern shore of Southern California’s Salton Sea about 10 miles north of Niland, CA. I found it while surfing the net looking at RV parks, it looked inviting and to cinch the deal there was a web coupon for a free fourth night with a three day paid stay. Our friends, Dan & Pat Martenson from Escanaba, MI are accompanying us with their trailer.The road through the Orocopia Mountains NE of Mecca, CA twisted and turned through this awesome canyon called "The Box Canyon". As we approached Mecca the altimeter reading on our GPS began to drop and by the time we reached Mecca it was reading over 200 feet below sea level.Turning south at Mecca on hwy 111 we were now traversing an agricultural area of dates, artichokes and grapes Teddy snapped this picture of a vineyard through the truck window.We soon caught sight of the Salton Sea for the first time and although we had read that it was the largest lake in California, we were still surprised at it’s vastness. According to a brochure that we picked up, it has a surface area of about 360 square miles. The Sea is a major stop on the Pacific Flyway and supports one of the most diverse bird populations in the United States. More than 350 species frequent the Sea and up to four million birds may be found on the Sea at any one time. It also supports a productive sport fishery.
We finally arrived here at The Fountain of Youth SPA around 4:30 pm PDT and are now settled in for a four day stay. We will leave Monday for our return to Lake Havasu City. Till then we’ve got some exploring to do.
- Larry & Teddy
- Cedar, Leelanau County, Michigan (near Traverse City), United States
- I am a 76 year old (born 7/4/1937) retired Public Radio Engineer from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. Happily married to the love of my life, Teddy (nee Teddy Schlueter). Teddy is a retired Medical Records Clerk from Theda Clark Hospital in Neenah, Wisconsin. Two children, Michael and Lon. Lon passed away in 1994. Michael is married to his wonderful wife, Toni and lives in Appleton, Wisconsin. For photos click on link below or visit our photo site http://www.flickr.com/photos/igboo NOTE: Click on photos for full-size images.