At last! My best opportunity yet for finding inspiration is here!
I have headed east and then north to see the roads of California. The road heading east was very clear and I had no problem finding the Desert View Tower at In-Ko-Pah, just east of Jacumba. This unique stone and brick structure holds a lot of great memories for me. I first saw it as a little boy with my grandparents. One of my favorite moments was when my grandfather (God Rest his soul) took me into the rock sculptures and put me on top of a bison statue!
One of my aunts or uncles took a picture of me and him, and I thought it looked cool. The last time I saw that picture, I remember how it looked like he was a Vaquero on a California ranch and he was giving his grandson a ride on a furry buffalo. Now that I think about it, I wonder where that photo is?
Well, I did see the bison, and a lot more carved rock statues that make the desert more interesting. I had no problem manuvering through the tighter corners of the trail, but my hand still kind of feels the sting of about a dozen needles that got stuck in my knuckles after I accidentally brushed against a small cactus! Kind of reminds me of a Wile E. Coyote cartoon where he was using grease to make his feet move faster to catch the Roadrunner, but he slipped and fell right into a cactus! He shouted, grumbled, and pulled out the needles with a “twing” sound. I didn’t hear a “twing” sound when I pulled out the needles, but I’m not forgetting that anytime soon!
After I left the tower, I made my way through the Imperial Valley. From El Centro through Brawley, and past the Salton Sea, I was even able to indulge in my boyhood love of trains when I pulled over for a few minutes and waited for a train to pass by so I could take a picture of it. I tell you, it never gets old for me! I also made a memory of passing through Brawley because my late grandmother was born and raised there, and I had to see it, even for a brief moment.
As I write this, I am relaxing in Indio in a motel just off the 99 Freeway in the middle of the Coachella Valley. Wifi is no problem, it’s included with my room price. I really like this format of posting, and the circumstances that I’m writing about. I think I’ll see about doing this again sometime next year! For just one day, I’m surprised at how much inspiration I’ve found so far. This is only the beginning.