Nature Therapy

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that we have Columbian or French Roast available today along with cinnamon-raisin toast, bagels, or turkey sandwiches. I’m recovering from our Thanksgiving celebration. My kids, grandson, and a brother-in-law were here along with two dogs. The turkey and the trimmings turned out well. It was lovely to be together with family. My daughter and I fit in a couple of outings in the days leading up to the holiday. We did a short hike in the East Indio Hills Badlands and made a daytrip to the Salton Sea. I had never been there before and it was very pretty. A moderate temperature and breeze made it very pleasant. The beach was covered with a blanket of tiny shells which we later learned were barnacle shells. The barnacles were introduced to this small inland sea by sea planes, and they have reproduced abundantly. The Salton Sea is really a terminal lake, meaning it does not have an outlet. It is the largest lake in California, 35 miles long, 15 miles wide, and an important wetland for many species of birds. I hope it can be preserved for the birds and humans to enjoy long into the future. It was really therapeutic to be out in nature again.

Weekend Coffee Share is hosted by Natalie at Natalie the Explorer.

12 thoughts on “Nature Therapy

  1. Natalie

    Such beautiful views of the badlands and Salton Sea. I’m glad you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and outings with your daughter. We can learn so much from nature. Thank you for your #weekendcoffeeshare.

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  2. Cynthia Diament

    I am glad you had all the family for a wonderful holiday gathering. Thanks for all the interesting photos of the Salton Sea. I was there one time and saw a lot of migrating birds. It was already quite a few years ago. Enjoy the rest of the holiday season.

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  3. Gary A Wilson

    Hi Deborah,
    I’m perhaps one of the rare members of your readers who have been to (at least driven past) the Salton Sea. It is as you describe, but I also thought the area was more arid and desert than I like. I stopped at a nearby ice cream place to sample a date-shake in Westmorland and enjoyed the old-time look and feel of the place, shopped for some road snacks before getting in line at the oddly-placed boarder check point. I’ve done this drive a couple of times but have never ventured over the the eastern side. Maybe the next time.
    Hope you’re having a great holiday season.

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    1. Deborah Drucker Post author

      I want to go to the south shore, which is where Westmorland is I think. There is another nature preserve there. It is desert like in the surrounding area. I had my date shake in Indio. Happy Holidays and thanks for stopping by, Gary.


    1. Deborah Drucker Post author

      It was created by a flood from the Colorado River in 1905. I recently read the Whitewater River here in Coachella Valley drains into the Salton Sea as well. The only trouble is the river is pretty dry right now. The Salton Sea was a huge body of water in years before then but had dried up. It is pretty and is a destination for about 900 species of migrating birds.

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