Week 40: Hydrogen Fuel, Salton Sea, Dances (Jan 5-11, 2014)

Hydrogen Generator

Hydrogen Generator

Met a gentleman who saves 15% in fuel on his diesel truck by supplementing it with hydrogen using a simple device he built at home. Wow! Some quick online research reveals small hydrogen generators are economical and effective, and have been around for several years.

Sherry and Bob at General Patton Museum, CA

Sherry and Bob at General Patton Museum, CA

In the evening at Thousand Trails RV Park in Palm Desert, Bob joins guitarists and fiddlers Gary, Marc, Gill, and Bruce playing and singing to a crowd of about forty people. Songs from the Beatles, Eagles, CCR, plus a few home written songs provide entertainment for all.

Margaritaville Dance at Bashford RV Spa

Margaritaville Dance at Bashford RV Spa

We bid farewell to Palm Desert, traveling south to the Salton Sea area. Bashford’s RV Spa, recommended by good friends Troy and Ada, includes hot mineral spas and warm swimming pool. The Margaritaville dance on the first night celebrates Elsie’s 90th birthday, and she is a popular dancer.  The dance floor is full most of the time.

Bob and Troy ready to Dune Buggy

Bob and Troy ready to Dune Buggy

Mud Pots southern edge of Salton Sea

Mud Pots southern edge of Salton Sea

Next day we go dune buggy riding around the Salton Sea visiting
–    Hot geyser mud pots
–    Slab City where people live in the desert free all year long

Salvation Mountain

Salvation Mountain

–    Salvation Mountain which Leonard Knight passionately created

Haven’t heard of Salton Sea? It’s California’s largest body of water, came into existence in 1905 by a series of accidents that allowed the Colorado River to gush out of its banks for a year and a half.  During its hey-day of the 1950’s and 60’s, boating, water skiing, fishing, and resort-style living abounded. Everything changed in 1999 when millions of fish died overnight. No natural inflow or outflow of water exists. It’s shrinking and getting saltier. Nobody swims or boats in the water anymore, and the cities next to the Salton Sea are crumbling ghost towns. It’s interesting to visit, and sad at the same time.

Swimming, karaoke, and card playing occupy part of our time.

Western Dance at Bashfords

Western Dance at Bashfords

Saturday night is a western theme dance. The people at this park never let the dust settle, that’s for sure. Young minded, many people range in age from sixty to ninety. They all get up and go. We are making great friends here. Many of them winter here each year from November thru May. We look forward to returning here next year On Our Adventure!

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