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Title: 2013 Anza Borrego Mini Rally
Post by: Betty Brewer on January 13, 2013, 10:18:04 PM
Following the Western  Area FMCA Rally a bunch of us caravanned to Anza Borrego to dry camp for a week or so until we  migrate to Quartzsite. We stopped at Red Earth Casino off Highway 86 to find  a  wonderful spot to  group up with folks.  Jim got propane.  I got bread.  Mimi got a sandwich.  Terry, Russ, Jim dumped for free. We  found our desert dry camp spot across the street from Peg Leg's.  Jerry found a spot at The Springs at Borrego a fullservice RVPark . Following a  chili happy hour all afternoon at our site, we  met at Pablitos in Borrego Springs for a fine Mexican meal at Pablitos. First thing Jerry did was to spill his marguerita all over his lap. We had a good  laugh and the waitress  furnished him a fresh  drink after she mopped up the floor!

 We planned the activities of the week.  Shopping at  10 am meeting at Borrego Outfitters made the first blush of an agenda.  Terry is going to work on Russ' electronics or some such blue job. Jullians pie is on the list,  hiking is on the list.  Shopping is on the list. Viewing the metal sculptures is on the list.  Fonts Pont is on the list. Boy are we having fun now.
Title: Re: 2013 Anza Borrego Mini Rally
Post by: Tom and Margi on January 13, 2013, 10:29:07 PM
You guys are killing me.  Killing me!  What memories of you all.   :D :D :D   Have fun for us!
 
Margi
Title: Re: 2013 Anza Borrego Mini Rally
Post by: JerArdra on January 13, 2013, 10:44:44 PM
Betty...the picture turned out great, thanks I love it.  Also folks please notice that the other picture, taken by Terry, shows my margarita in all its glory just before I spilled it.  The worst part was that I had not had one sip out of it!

JerryF
Title: Re: 2013 Anza Borrego Mini Rally
Post by: Jim Godward on January 13, 2013, 11:48:03 PM
Betty...the picture turned out great, thanks I love it.  Also folks please notice that the other picture, taken by Terry, shows my margarita in all its glory just before I spilled it.  The worst part was that I had not had one sip out of it

Jerry,

You made my day as typically I am the one that spills the drink.  I did a glass of cherry juice the other day, all 12 oz. and I too never had a sip from it.

Yes, Pat will verify that I dumped the drink and that I frequently spill drinks.  I think others in the Framily will also vouch for me!!
Title: Re: 2013 Anza Borrego Mini Rally
Post by: Jim Godward on January 13, 2013, 11:53:02 PM
Wish we were there as Julian was one of the places I took Pat for Pie while we were dating.  Quite a drive from Orange Co. for a piece of pie and a cup of coffee/tea!  Julian has been a favorite in my family since the early 60s.   Fond memories of Borrego too as that was where we met the Barberas.

Maybe next year.
Title: Re: 2013 Anza Borrego Mini Rally
Post by: Bob Maxwell on January 14, 2013, 08:08:06 PM
"Maybe next year."   Me too.
Title: Re: 2013 Anza Borrego Mini Rally
Post by: Jeff on January 14, 2013, 09:16:49 PM
Is it as cold there as it is back here in Surprise? Low 27 last night, high got all the way up to 48 today, more of the same tomorrow.

Sure hope it warms up for Quartzsite next week. 8)
Title: Re: 2013 Anza Borrego Mini Rally
Post by: Betty Brewer on January 14, 2013, 09:20:30 PM
Beautiful sunny days can be deceiving.  It was warm in the sun but cool in the shade.  The  planned  10 am shopping activity at Borrego Outfitters was a hit. Six of us  managed to find treasures at the  upscale gift/sportshop.  I bought a walking stick,  lightweight as a tooth pick.  I bought earrings.  Liza bought shoes (on sale) and a beautiful sweatshirt for Ray.  We wandered across the mall to an art shop and reviewed their art work and  prints of lithographs.  Several of us wanted many things but  alas wall space was a deterrent to  shopping.

 While in the shop one of the artists asked us if we  knew about the healing powers of the  Tibetan Singing bowls.  None of us had heard of  such a thing.  She continued to demonstrate using Jerry as a test subject.  Seems Buddhist monks spend years creating the bowls with several metals and result in a bowl that  has medicinal  properties.  In Europe this  " non traditional healing device"  has  achieved medical acknowledgement. So Jerry took off his shoes, sat very still and was set up with the bowls.  The artist used her  skills to hit the metal bowls and watched Jerry be silent for several minutes, quite a feat if you know Jerry. I was watching and felt the vibrations of the  metals.  I truly believe in this vibration of the universe thing!  Jerry  asked lots of questions about the cost of the  bowls. I bought  a mouse pad and a key chain.

We then  went to  Carley's for lunch and enjoyed the menu items.  The plan was to go home, get the guys and go see the sculptures. When  we got home  plans changed.  Finally a brief Happy hour  happened to share the day's  events.  Liza shared her Indio purchase of a "whip." She had been demonstrating it's use  in the restaurant, until we asked her to stop being  so graphic!  When  Ray joined us at Happy Hour he had a leg full and shoe full of cholla thorns.  Seems he had fallen into a cactus while  taking photos of  the sculptures!  Liza shared the sweatshirt she bought for Ray and it seems both  Jim and Terry find it of interest. I see another shopping event  in our future! So enjoy the photos of our day.

Margi this is for you!
Title: Re: 2013 Anza Borrego Mini Rally
Post by: Wendy on January 14, 2013, 09:48:01 PM
You got me all interested in the sweatshirt then didn't post a picture !  Did you go to the outdoor shop with all the metal artwork ? There's a rooster with Coca-Cola on it that caught my fancy.
Title: Re: 2013 Anza Borrego Mini Rally
Post by: Tom and Margi on January 14, 2013, 09:58:21 PM
Beautiful sunny days can be deceiving.  It was warm in the sun but cool in the shade.  The  planned  10 am shopping activity at Borrego Outfitters was a hit. Six of us  managed to find treasures at the  upscale gift/sportshop.  I bought a walking stick,  lightweight as a tooth pick.  I bought earrings.  Liza bought shoes (on sale) and a beautiful sweatshirt for Ray.  We wandered across the mall to an art shop and reviewed their art work and  prints of lithographs.  Several of us wanted many things but  alas wall space was a deterrent to  shopping.

 While in the shop one of the artists asked us if we  knew about the healing powers of the  Tibetan Singing bowls.  None of us had heard of  such a thing.  She continued to demonstrate using Jerry as a test subject.  Seems Buddhist monks spend years creating the bowls with several metals and result in a bowl that  has medicinal  properties.  In Europe this  " non traditional healing device"  has  achieved medical acknowledgement. So Jerry took off his shoes, sat very still and was set up with the bowls.  The artist used her  skills to hit the metal bowls and watched Jerry be silent for several minutes, quite a feat if you know Jerry. I was watching and felt the vibrations of the  metals.  I truly believe in this vibration of the universe thing!  Jerry  asked lots of questions about the cost of the  bowls. I bought  a mouse pad and a key chain.

We then  went to  Carley's for lunch and enjoyed the menu items.  The plan was to go home, get the guys and go see the sculptures. When  we got home  plans changed.  Finally a brief Happy hour  happened to share the day's  events.  Liza shared her Indio purchase of a "whip." She had been demonstrating it's use  in the restaurant, until we asked her to stop being  so graphic!  When  Ray joined us at Happy Hour he had a leg full and shoe full of cholla thorns.  Seems he had fallen into a cactus while  taking photos of  the sculptures!  Liza shared the sweatshirt she bought for Ray and it seems both  Jim and Terry find it of interest. I see another shopping event  in our future! So enjoy the photos of our day.

Margi this is for you!
Title: Re: 2013 Anza Borrego Mini Rally
Post by: Betty Brewer on January 14, 2013, 09:58:21 PM
You got me all interested in the sweatshirt then didn't post a picture ! 

Actually photos 3 & 4 have a  photo of the folded shirt. No we did not get to the shop you mentioned.  Tomorrow! Models to follow!
Title: Re: 2013 Anza Borrego Mini Rally
Post by: Wendy on January 14, 2013, 10:33:33 PM
Don't forget The Frugal Coyote. And the Farmers Market if you're there on Friday.
Title: Re: 2013 Anza Borrego Mini Rally
Post by: Tom on January 15, 2013, 09:35:51 AM
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.... the healing powers of the Tibetan Singing bowls.

Very interesting Betty. In a recent conversation with a local chiropractor, I learned about 'sound healer'  Tito La Rosa (http://titolarosa.net/Home.html) who demonstrates (in concerts) the healing powers of music played on ancient Peruvian instruments and vessels.

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.... Jerry took off his shoes, sat very still and was set up Jerry be silent for several minutes

That would be an event I'd pay to see  ;D
Title: Re: 2013 Anza Borrego Mini Rally
Post by: Ned on January 15, 2013, 09:52:33 AM
Jerry looks like he was drugged :D
Title: Re: 2013 Anza Borrego Mini Rally
Post by: Tom and Margi on January 15, 2013, 10:17:01 AM
Looks like I quoted your whole message and then didn't respond at all.  Techno Klutz strikes again!  I can picture Jerry being silent for a few minutes, but I can't picture him sitting still that long.  ;D
 
Margi
Title: Re: 2013 Anza Borrego Mini Rally
Post by: Wendy on January 15, 2013, 11:33:03 AM
Jerry looks like he was drugged :D

I thought he looked scared. Did someone threaten him if he didn't sit still ?
Title: Re: 2013 Anza Borrego Mini Rally
Post by: Betty Brewer on January 15, 2013, 11:50:47 AM
The vibrations from that bowl were very soothing and even permeated throughout the room.  Many of us in the room also felt very relaxed!  It was something to experience!
Title: Re: 2013 Anza Borrego Mini Rally
Post by: Sloop on January 15, 2013, 02:32:01 PM
They didn't offer you any "free cookies" right before you tried the bowl thing did they?  :o
Title: Re: 2013 Anza Borrego Mini Rally
Post by: Betty Brewer on January 15, 2013, 07:47:00 PM
It was  hiking Day.  Eight of us  ventured off for "them there hills" at  10 am.  Jerry, Ardra, Jim and Terry set out for a 6.1mile, fairly strenuous downhill hike down.  It dropped 2500 feet so it was steep.  It was called the California hiking and Riding trail. We left a car at the bottom for them to take  upon their return and ferried them  up top.  Ray, Liza Pat and myself took out to  find Cactus Loop Trail, a strenuous hike around a loop but we had to stop for  snacks first.  A  healthy array of seaweed,  pumpkin squares, carrot chips and string cheese fortified us for  a beautiful yet challenging hike. 
Terry enjoyed my new hiking stick so much that he phoned me  mid way down his hike to have me run over to the  Borrego Outfitters and get him one.  I also  got him a sweatshirt like the one Ray got yesterday. Don't ya just love technology?  Here he is  way  up on a mountainside and  I am also up another  mountainside and we  made plans to gather up the group for lunch. So we met at Carlee's for  burgers and  beer.  All had worked up an appetite and the big round table made a nice warm place for our late lunch, "Happy Hour." We had good food and good service.  A plan was devised for  tomorrow to head out to Jullian at  10 am.  I see pie and ice cream in our lunch future tomorrow.  Nights are still pretty cold.  Last night was 28.  We are watching weather reports for a warmer end of the week.
Title: Re: 2013 Anza Borrego Mini Rally
Post by: Betty Brewer on January 15, 2013, 08:08:30 PM
Here are a few more  human interest shots from our hike today. Scenery shot is the  view  the  long hikers had on the way down.  In another shot , we see Terry as King of the Mountain.  We see the  group (minus me)  that  hiked S3 near the  campground.  Finally  a shot of  my group hard at work on the trail!

Had fun  and will  likely feel this hike  tomorrow!
Title: Re: 2013 Anza Borrego Mini Rally
Post by: Wendy on January 15, 2013, 08:34:33 PM
Looks like both groups had a great time. And some stayed home and relaxed ? Also looks like Carlees got their liquor license back ?
Title: Re: 2013 Anza Borrego Mini Rally
Post by: ArdraF on January 15, 2013, 09:34:36 PM
Jerry wasn't at all sure he wanted to be the guinea pig for the Tibetan singing bowl thing (maybe the scared look in one photo?), but he was a good sport about it.  And it certainly was interesting.  When you take one of the bowls and run the padded stick around the edge it's much like running your finger along the rim of a crystal goblet, except the pinging lasts much longer.  It's a very gentle sound.  No, Jerry was not offered cookies or any other treat to do it, but he was amazingly relaxed - not something I see every day!  ;)  I think someone said he even quit talking!

We had a GREAT hike today!  I was the only one who needed first aid - got a blister on the bottom of my big toe.  By the time we looked at it, it was no longer a blister but definitely needed fixing by Dr. Jerry.  The last 20 minutes my legs felt like jelly.  That's one heck of a long down hill!  There were only two or three small uphill sections and they actually felt good by comparison.  There were some little protected canyons full of various plant life, including red barrel cactus, ocotillo, and many others.  Also we saw lots of beautiful brightly colored lichens.  The hike is listed as strenuous and it is, primarily because of the uneven terrain with quite a few slippery places because of sand or tiny pebbles.  It mostly follows where water goes, hence all the small rocks that were carried downhill by water.

Wendy, whatever their license issues, Carlee's has a full bar, although no draft beer.  All bottled beer.  I had a mushroom and Swiss burger that was very good.

ArdraF
Title: Re: 2013 Anza Borrego Mini Rally
Post by: JerArdra on January 15, 2013, 09:57:29 PM
ALL,

Regarding the vibrations from the bowls, it was the only time ever that I felt like I was meditating.  The vibrations seemed to clear your mind so you were not thinking of anything.  It was a nice experience.

BTW, the lady would softly hit the bowl on my head a couple times, then hit the bowl upon which I was sitting and finally hit the bowl into which I put my feet.  In this way I could feel the low frequency vibrations as well as hear them from the bowls simultaneously  The sound was soft and low in volume.  The vibrations from the large bowl on the floor could be felt in my feet as well as in my knees.  The sound from the bowl on my head seemed so peaceful and soothing but I did not feel vibrations because there was a thick cloth donut between my head and the bowl probably because the bowls had quite thick walls and they were heavy.  The vibrations from the bowl I was sitting on were felt in my seat and on into my hips.

She repeated going between the three bowls several times.

JerryF
Title: Re: 2013 Anza Borrego Mini Rally
Post by: SeilerBird on January 15, 2013, 10:17:20 PM
  I think someone said he even quit talking!
I think we are going to need to see video to believe that one ;D
Title: Re: 2013 Anza Borrego Mini Rally
Post by: ArdraF on January 15, 2013, 10:21:37 PM
Ray made a video and said he'd try to figure a way to make it available.  But that was yesterday!  ::)

Yeah, Tom, it is hard to believe - but true!

ArdraF
Title: Re: 2013 Anza Borrego Mini Rally
Post by: RLSharp on January 16, 2013, 09:35:18 AM
I was the only one who needed first aid - got a blister on the bottom of my big toe.  By the time we looked at it, it was no longer a blister but definitely needed fixing by Dr. Jerry.

Ardra,

You needed some of my mole skin.

R
Title: Re: 2013 Anza Borrego Mini Rally
Post by: Daisy on January 16, 2013, 11:10:53 AM
Oh, that kind of a whip.  I was wondering what kiind of kinky stuff Lisa was demonstrating in the restaurant.  For some of us old F..../folks you have to be more explicit.

Daisy
Title: Re: 2013 Anza Borrego Mini Rally
Post by: Jim Dick on January 16, 2013, 11:35:51 AM
Terry & I have done this hike several times starting around 2001. It certainly has not gotten any easier! About half way down we met a guy that was in the parking lot when we dropped off Jerry's car. He was hiking up the trail. He had been on it for two hours, we had been on it for about 11/2 hours. He said he was going to the top and then hike back down. We tried to tell him he wouldn't have enough daylight but he kept going. I only hope he realized his mistake and turned around before it got dark!

The last hour was torture as the legs and feet were getting tired and sore and the terrain had gotten very rocky. Going downhill that far really pushes the toes into the front of the shoes. Mine weren't nearly as bad as previous hikes.
Title: Re: 2013 Anza Borrego Mini Rally
Post by: Betty Brewer on January 17, 2013, 11:29:25 AM
I'be seen so busy that it is hard to keep up with the reports. Yesterday 8 of us carpooled up the Mountain to Julian.  Pie and ice cream was the first order of the day.  Cinnamon Ice cream topped my apple pie!   It had  been 17 degrees  the night before and the place Terry wanted berry pie had frozen pipes and had to close. The rest of us managed fine.


Then shopping.  Lots of cute little shops, galleries and a few trinkets were purchased.  Ray tried on hats! After  a ride home  and another happy hour we  returned to  Pablitos for a dinner with a party of  13.  Jerry promised NOT to spill his margarita and he didn't.  Left overs for Terry as  I coud not finish my meal.

 Lots of different activities  planned today from  photography to hiking to a return to P alm Springs area.  Frank and  Barb have joined the  group and are over at the State Park  enjoying full hook ups!
Title: Re: 2013 Anza Borrego Mini Rally
Post by: Jim Johnson on January 17, 2013, 11:44:04 AM
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Terry wanted berry pie

I guess they were out of pickle pie also. 
Title: Re: 2013 Anza Borrego Mini Rally
Post by: Wendy on January 17, 2013, 12:11:49 PM
Ray looks like he belongs in Alaska....or the backwoods of Montana.
Title: Re: 2013 Anza Borrego Mini Rally
Post by: Liza on January 17, 2013, 04:31:23 PM
Attached is a link of Jerry being quiet with the bowl on his head

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/24745846/video-2013-01-14-11-14-21.mp4

Ray
Title: Re: 2013 Anza Borrego Mini Rally
Post by: Liza on January 17, 2013, 06:38:58 PM
Wendy:  The weather in Julian was so cold one of the restaurants closed, after we got there, with a busted water pipe!  But alas, Ray didn't buy the hat.
Title: Re: 2013 Anza Borrego Mini Rally
Post by: Terry A. Brewer on January 17, 2013, 06:49:35 PM
I guess they were out of pickle pie also. 

No Alien pies for me....
Title: Re: 2013 Anza Borrego Mini Rally
Post by: ArdraF on January 18, 2013, 12:21:38 AM
Today Terry, Ray, Liza, Jerry, and Ardra drove out to the Calcite mine road and hiked the Palm Slot canyon.  That's a fun one!  Some of us are still really sore from the downhill hike the other day.  I had forgotten I had so many muscles.  It's not often that the muscles in the soles of our feet hurt but mine sure are!

Tonight Terry, Russ, Ray, Liza, Jerry, Ardra, Chris, and Mimy had a yummy dinner again at Pablitos.  We're on our way to Quartzsite tomorrow and the others will follow later.

ArdraF
Title: Re: 2013 Anza Borrego Mini Rally
Post by: Jeff on January 18, 2013, 01:12:04 AM
See you all Sunday.
Title: Re: 2013 Anza Borrego Mini Rally
Post by: Terry A. Brewer on January 18, 2013, 01:31:35 AM
Pics from Julian & Palm Slot Canyon...
Title: Re: 2013 Anza Borrego Mini Rally
Post by: Betty Brewer on January 19, 2013, 12:30:29 AM
Sorry that  I missed the slot canyon  hike  but I did enjoy the girls night out with  girl friends in Palm Springs.  I am back at Anza and  my niece and her family joined us.  4 little kids are going to make the next 2 days interesting!   Big campfire and marshmallows tonight! 
Title: Re: 2013 Anza Borrego Mini Rally
Post by: Jim Dick on January 20, 2013, 12:28:12 AM
On Thursday we took Barb & Frank Weimert on a tour of the sculptures around the Anza Borrego desert. I've attached a few photos but it's only a sampling of what is out there. It's worth the trip to see what has been created.