Simple ways and simple days

Good morning and happy Sunday! You made it to see another day. Today is June 20, 2022. It’s early here at our place. Our 3 AM alarm-cat, Tacobelle, woke me up as she decided that I had been asleep way to long. This is a normal occurrence here. Finally, when I have found a way to get more that 5 or so hours of sleep, something (Tacobelle) will find a way to wake me up, to pet her. Usually, she starts nagging Hubby to wake up and then when that doesn’t work, she usually backs her furry butte into my face and starts purring. This morning, I was dreaming about car motors, but really, it was my subconscious allowing my fur baby to enter. Anyhow, it is 4:20 AM in the Coachella Valley and 73F and it is glorious! The sunrise this morning is going to be spectacular. Hope you got out to see it!

Not today’s sunrise but this is what one looks like traveling on the 86 near the Salton Sea.

Hubby and I have had a few adventures in the past few weeks. There was Las Vegas and Utah and a few days ago, we stayed in Borrego Springs. Borrego is only about 45 minutes from the Coachella Valley, but for us, it is a world away. The first time that I had even heard about the place was back in 2018, when hubby took the scenic route back from San Diego and we ended up driving back on the 78. Hubby had researched a little before that trip, so it was a cool surprise to see the iron sculptures in Borrego Springs.

Since that first time there, we have been back too many times to count. This past trip, I started looking at home prices and such. The one thing that would keep me from living in that community is the fact that the closest emergency services are an hour away. The community does have a fire department that has glowing Yelp reviews, but still. These are things that me and Hubby, need to think about at our respective ages and my medical issues. However, it is such a nice place that I will continue making it our home away from home as much as we can. This last trip was like most, just under 24 hours but really, it felt like much longer.

This is the round-about.

The last time we had stayed in Borrego Springs, we had stayed at the Palm Canyon RV Resort. It was a fun time as we stayed in a vintage Airstream. This time, we stayed in a favorite place of mine, The Borrego Valley Inn. As always, this is not a sponsored post. I just friggin’ love the place! It is an adult only resort which means, NO KIDS! Hubby and I are not really adults, but you know what I mean! It’s not that I don’t like vacationing with kids, but it is nice to not hear the sounds of running feet and uncontrollable, joyous laughing (meowing). However, that is not in my vacation visions. Really though, we both needed time away from our fur kids, you know the ones that wake us up in the middle of the night or like to watch during our quiet times…

The last time we stayed at BVI our room had been upgraded as the one that we had booked was being remodeled. It was the superior king. This time, we booked the Ocotillo Queen. The room was just as lovely as the first one but did not have the fireplace and was a bit smaller, but not much. It did have a nice, gated patio with patio lounge chairs and also two comfy chairs and a table. I hope that you get to experience it someday.

Last time we had stayed in Borrego, I cooked our meals. This time, we tried out Carmelita’s Restaurant. The meal and the service were excellent. It had been such a long time since I have had chile verde and it was just YUM. I ordered a burrito, and it was filled with stewed pork meat and nothing else. Mouth is watering just thinking about it.

I am horrible about taking food photos. Usually, I gobble up the food before it cools down. I have a thing for hot food and taking photos can cool your food…

It was really nice going out to dinner with Hubby. Since the start of the pandemic, we have only eaten in a restaurant a handful of times. This trip we did it two times! After dinner, we headed over to the local market to pick up a few snacks and drinks for the evening. There is a serpent cut out in front of the market that I stopped at and I had Hubby snap a photo.

Yes, always goofing around!

We then returned to BVI and I headed to the pool. It was nice to watch the sunset over the mountains as I was lounging and drying off from my after dinner swim.

The sun going down over the mountains is spectacular. I love how the rays of fading sunlight casts shadows over the mountain. Morning or night, the skies surely put on some amazing shows. Hmm, this must be what people did before the invention of TV. The rest of the night was restful, and I woke up around 4 AM, even without our alarm cat. I made coffee and sat outside with my laptop. The Wi-Fi was not available at the hotel and was noted in an email along with an apology, that the hotel sent during our stay. No worries though, we were there to unwind and if that meant no social media or our phones to distract us then “Alrighty!” It was nice to watch the stars and I got a sweet view of the five planets that are in alignment this month. No photos of any of that as I knew that they would not compare to the experience. We took one last dip in the pool while waiting for our breakfast to arrive.

So, I took a dip and Hubby lounged in the cool morning air. He even got a few photos of me! After that we got ready to leave.

Our next stop before heading home was Julian, CA. Julian is not too far from Borrego, only about an hour. I love the drive as the landscapes are gorgeous and the fields are littered with cattle and horses. It feels like we are in another state and surely not California.

I think I “ooohed and ahhhed!” till my throat was sore as Hubby drove. I snapped photos along the way. We kept noticing all the hawks that flew over as we drove. I clumsily tried to snap a few photos but was unsuccessful. I did not make the proper adjustment to the Nikon as I know that I could have gotten some decent shots even with Hubby traveling at speed limit.

This was the best shot that I was able to catch along the way to Julian. We saw many of these birds gliding through the sky.

We arrived in Julian around 11 AM and we took a stroll along the main street. The last time that we had stayed there it had snowed. It was fun remembering the little things that we got to experience back then. Hubby noticed that many of the businesses were different. Must be pandemic related. We were hungry and had planned on stopping for food on the way home. Anyhow, the sign in front of Mom’s Pies and Etc. shop caught our eye. It indicated that for $10.95 you get a half sandwich and a side of pie ala mode. Yeah, we did it!

At Mom’s, they serve pie before you get the meal. Genius!

We highly recommend that you try the special. Hubby and I were not able to eat our sandwiches when they arrived as we were fully from our “appetizers”. I was giddy like a kid and the waitress must have thought I was nuts when I got excited about getting to keep the pie tin. Soon after that we were back on the road and heading down the hill and back to the CV.

The trip was just what we needed, really. To me, any time we stay anywhere overnight, I treat it like a special experience. I enjoy the in-room amenities, the continental breakfasts, just everything. The only stars that matter to me are the ones up in the sky and not what Yelp or Trip Advisor says. Without experiencing things for yourself, and relying on someone else’s opinion, you may miss out on a place you may have never stayed. I say do try out the 1 star as well as the 5 star places. For Borrego Valley Inn, I give it a 5 plus and that is even with Hubby slicing his toe open on the hotel room door. Yes, that did happen. Again, why I mentioned emergency services in the area at the beginning of this post. We did not need it, only a band aide that the hotel provided. Anyhow, we still had a lovely time.

Thank you, dear reader, for stopping by to visit. Wherever you are heading today, I hope you get there safely. Oh yeah and if your only big decision today is dessert or no dessert, I say “Get the pie!”


8 Comments Add yours

  1. Our cat Panda must be on the same wavelength as Tacobelle, as he too must wake us up around 3-3:30 every morning! This morning, it was actually him vomiting in the bathroom that woke me up. He has kidney disease, so seems to get sick about once a week. Thankfully, he felt better a few hours later, and proceeded to eat an entire can of his food. Glad you & Hubby were able to have another nice getaway.

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    1. M. Lee Keena says:

      Oh your poor Panda! Sorry that he has that disease. We wake up to that sound of our overeating cat Nora once or twice a month. It’s funny how our cats are like clocks very finely tuned. It was nice to get away from them for a bit. We were supposed to take one more trip before he goes back work but we hated to leave them again.

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  2. Tanooki says:

    You had quite a long, fantastic summer vacation in this early summer👍✨💕 Enjoy the time with Tacobelle purring on you, I bet she will have a big debate soon whether she should do it in the middle of summer😂 I used to have a dog and he was sweet and lovely…especially in the cold winter morning🤣

    Also, I take you’re probably moving soon if luck for finding a nice house comes to you? I agree with the emergency facility locates close to you so that you can feel safe even if nothing happens…and good scenery to admire nature…quiet environment to have a nice nap with Tacobelle…wishing you luck🍀✨💚💕


    1. M. Lee Keena says:

      We have had some fun adventures. I am sure there will be a few more before Winter. Our dog is like a little heater in the winter, and I love snuggling with her. Tacobelle, though, she likes to have all the attention.
      We are not moving from this place. It is our forever home, only looking for a second place for weekend escapes or longer. There are a few places near Borrego that were priced very low. However, they are mobile homes. Really, we are looking for a place that will also double as a studio for his music and my art (hobbie) and a place are friends and family can also stay at to vacation or get away.

      Have a great day 🙂

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      1. Tanooki says:

        Oh that’s a good idea😍 A place where inspiration is born😌❤️ Good luck, and you too have a great day👍💕✨

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  3. terrie gura says:

    Your mini-vacays always seem to be the right mix of adventure, relaxation and great food! I’m all in favor of dessert before lunch. 🙂 And Taco obviously has you well-trained. Our “kids” do the same; when they start rustling about as it nears 6am, their usual feeding time. I call it “circling the wagons!” Hahaha

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    1. M. Lee Keena says:

      Circling the wagons! 😹😼yes, they have us all trained.

      I try to make the most out of all trips. Kind of like I did when I was a kid and going to overnight places with our family. Hope I never lose these starry eyes 🤩


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