Morongo Valley And A Country Music Video

28 03 2011

This weekend was pretty awesome. On our way out of the RV resort we drove through the spectacular San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm, with 3,218 turbines. The turbines were massive and beautiful, and it was great to see older technology modernized and in use on a large scale.

Wind Turbines

Wind Turbines

And Lots More Turbines

And Lots More Turbines

[Still dealing with fuzzy WordPress preview photos. Click for hi-res images. Any ideas, WordPress users?]

On our way toward Joshua Tree National Park we decided to go for a hike at Big Morongo Canyon Preserve but instead happened upon the Morongo Valley Spring Festival, a fair celebrating the environment and the outdoors with nature displays, face painting, information booths, free food, and live country music.

Yair loved that an amateur astronomer had brought his H-alpha solar telescope to the event, and Ayo had a great time getting her face painted and checking out some of the nature exhibits. (We both enjoyed the free food, and during the face painting we got a group of kids to do the Cupid Shuffle!)

Free H-Alpha Views Of The Sun

Free H-Alpha Views Of The Sun

Free Food. For Real.

Free Food. For Real.

With Our Face Paint On

With Our Face Paint On

Willy Boy’s Saloon was across the street from the Preserve and festival, and their large dirt parking lot looked like a perfect spot to overnight. After getting permission from the manager, we found out that there was a reasonably well-known country band performing that evening and that they were going to record a music video as well.

Ayo At The Country Bar

Ayo At The Country Bar

When we got back to the saloon the place was packed with cowboy hats, showy belt-buckles, and huge dresses. We befriended a career marine and country dancer named Frank, who took us under his wing for part of the night. Our dancing got some surprisingly positive feedback, and after a few dances we were asked whether we give lessons. Kind of cool.

Anyway, we met a few fun people that night and are having brunch in the RV with one of those people tomorrow morning. Later tomorrow afternoon we’ll be heading into Joshua Tree National Park and the land of no cell reception. Some posts may mysteriously post themselves while we’re away…

In the meantime, here are some more photos:

Does Someone Here Look Out Of Place?

Does Someone Here Look Out Of Place? (Those Are Some Of The Cupid Shuffle Kids!)

Face Painting In Progress

Face Painting In Progress

From An Exhibit on Birds

From An Exhibit on Birds

Surveying Equipment From Pioneer Days

Surveying Equipment From Pioneer Days

posted by yair and ayo

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3 responses

28 03 2011
Briana

LOVE IT!! That sounds like a blast! How fortunate to happen upon such a wonderful day. 🙂 Enjoy Joshua Tree!

xoxo

Bree.

29 03 2011
John

Judy and I hiked Morango Canyon a couple of months ago and just loved it… hope you like Joshua tree… it is amazing…

31 03 2011
Sam

Like what I’ve read of your blog so far.

Not sure how to make the image previews clearer but totally recommend installing a ‘lightbox’ plugin to streamline the viewing of the larger image size.
I use WP-Slimbox2, you can see it in action on my site if you click any of my post images.

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