Friday, November 11, 2011

Thursday, Nov 10th, Desert Hot Springs, California


Well, I got to play a round of golf this morning, and I'm very grateful to Pat for pausing her reading enough to do the laundry while I did. In the afternoon, we drove over to Palm Springs to visit the Agua Caliente Museum of the Cauhillo Tribe. Pat bought a pot by Lois Flores, and we discovered they featuring an exhibit on the Kashia Pomo including many works from the Hudson Museum and from Kathleen Rose Smith. Kathleen is a local, Sonoma County, descendant whose mother and grandmother made some of the best Pomo baskets. We also saw a great video made by the University of California at Berkeley in 1964 on the tribe.

On the way over and back, we traveled through what seemed like the largest concentration of wind turbines ever constructed. Some seem to be operating fully, but others stand like metal scarecrows in a field (lots of them). it caused us to wonder if there is some requirement that inoperable turbines be removed. Our nightmare is that someday, whole valleys and hillsides be populated by our fancy but poorly conceived energy alternatives.

Here is a link to the rest of the photos we took today Desert Hot Springs.

We have no idea where we're going tomorrow. it could be Hwy 395 to Lone Pine. It could be Pismo Beach to try kitesurfing. It could be Santa Barbara, and then Santa Cruz. We have agreed that we'd like to get home on Tuesday, however, a day earlier than we planned. We both have meetings that evening we'd like to attend that we hadn't planned on.


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