Travels with Tucker

Travels with Tucker

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Movies, Mountains, Chicken Soup, Windmills and Animals--What Do They Have in Common?

We are settling in to our stay in Palm Springs and it really feels like a "vacation".  I know that concept seems weird for two people and a dog who are on perpetual vacation in a sense, but here's the deal.  We spend the bulk of our time in national and state parks, national forests and the occassional low-budget commercial RV park when we are traveling.  We seldom have hookups for water and sewer, so we have to limit our showers and trudge to the pit toilet to conserve waste tank space.  We camp on dirt or sand or gravel and constantly track stuff in the house.  We are often a LONG drive from a grocery store or decent restaurants and never go to movies.  So being in Palm Springs, with all the amenities of civilization and culture nearby, and camped in a luxury campground where the landscaping is similar to an upscale resort and they pick up your trash every morning...well, it feels like a vacation to us. The view from my window as I write this:

So far we have been to two film festival movies, one from Sweden was great ("The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window", if it's on Netflix, watch it!), the other from Switzerland ("Chubby") was very good.  Later today we go see "Song from the Forest", set in Africa.  We have revisited an old favorite restaurant, Shermans, which is as close to a traditional NYC deli I have seen anywhere.  We spent yesterday at the Living Desert zoo and I got up at 5:00 AM to shoot the sunrise/moonset down at the wind farm.  I am signed up for a photo workshop on Sunday and we have several more movies to see over the next 5 days.  Lots of fun to come.

The wind farm outside of Palm Springs has over 3,200 turbines and generates about 1.5% of California's energy needs

Still a little snow on the mountains from the big storm last week

The stork's knees are backwards! 

We had fun feeding the 'keets  in the "Birds of Australia" aviary.  The exhibit should be called "Birds of the Pet Store"

"Don't you DARE touch my rat!" 

Sunset from the roof of our trailer

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