CHINA RANCH DATE FARM

Another day we went with our friends, Darrell and Malia, to visit the hot springs and the China Ranch Date Farm in California. None of us knew exactly how to get there (GPS is VERY spotty in the desert!). However, another friend, Renee, had been there before and knew the way. Renee was our “tour guide” for the day. She imparted a lot of knowledge about the area all day.

Here are some photos of the desert scenery we saw throughout the day.

First stop: the hot springs. Delight’s Hot Springs Resort and Tecopa Hot Springs and Resort are both located in Tecopa, CA. We looked at a hot spring out in the middle of the desert first. Then we looked at one of the resorts.

Our “guide,” Renee, is in the purple. Jack is bending over to feel the water temperature. After I put my hand in the spring, my hand felt SO soft all day!

Here are some photos of Delight’s Hot Springs Resort.

The pool is filled with water from the hot springs.
There was even an area for RVs!
The doors in this picture go to private hot spring tubs you can rent.
Inside one of the private rooms.

On to the China Date Farm! The drive through the desert was beautiful. In order to get to the date farm we had to drive down a very narrow road with high hills on each side. It felt like we were driving through a gauntlet!

Here is a little history about how the date farm came about.
The clumps of dates are covered with a tight weave mesh bag to protect them from the birds.
The bags are left open at the bottoms, and I’m not sure why that is. Maybe it’s to allow for drainage if it rains.
This is the area outside the bakery and store. In the store you can buy dates and date nut bread. You can also buy all sorts of souvenirs made by locals. I wasn’t sure if I liked dates, but when I tried one, I absolutely loved it. The date nut bread was fabulous. However, the best thing we ate here was the date milkshake! IT WAS THE BEST!!

Needless to say, the date farm and hot springs were VERY interesting. We had a great day!

So, for now ….. “On the Road Again!”

Betty

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