Good morning and welcome to October 20, 2020. It is Tuesday and the temps are cooling in the Coachella Valley. I see the jokes about 2020 being the longest year in history well, add the record heat wave that we experienced here in the desert and it was also the longest summer, ever! The forecasted high today is going to be a cool and crisp 102 degrees and then it drops a few degrees each day following. Oh yeah! Season has started here in the Coachella Valley and that usually means that part-time residents from other parts of the US and Canada come to town to their vacation homes. It will be different here this year, that is for sure. Usually during this time there are more concerts and festivals and fairs but not this year. I know people are tired of being told what to do. You know, “Wear a mask! Vote for…!!! ” but I am a Mom and I don’t get tired of nagging, but I don’t think of it as nagging. I think of it as gentle reminders. Yes, kids, we are almost there, you can do this, WE CAN DO THIS!
Hubby was home for three days. I love when his schedule works out like that as it feels like a mini-vacation. I worry about him as he is considered an essential worker. I know that he is tired, still, he takes me out to wander the desert and he looks up places for us to check out. Honestly, I let him do all the recon as he is the one driving and am always pleasantly surprised when he takes me to a new place I had never heard of before. Yesterday, he had planned a trip for us to check out Big Morongo Canyon Preserve and it was so cool! Generally, we go on our road trips as early as possible because of where we live and the desert sun. We got to the preserve a little too early and it was closed so we headed out to the Noah Purifoy Museum as I wanted to check it out in the cooler temps. The last time we were there I was only able to walk around for about 15 minutes before I had to retreat to the car and the air-conditioner. Yesterday, the temps were cool enough that I had to walk around with a sweater on and my face mask kept my nose warm. It was perfect!
We got to there around 7 AM and the rising sun made the perfect conditions for for exploring and capturing photos. As I walked around this time I really studied and looked at the art. To many I am sure it looks like the work of a crazy man. As I have mentioned before, art depends on the eyes that view it. I look at art the way I look at everything, with eyes open and mind open, and try to figure out the story or if there is one. The last time we were there I was just busily trying to take everything in as it is a hodge podge of trash art but if you look closely and have your mind open you start to get the messages.
One might think that these things are random and placed haphazardly. Let me tell you, Mr. Purifoy had a story to tell, this story spans from Jesus to even present times that he was not privy to, as he died March 9, 2004.
Hubby wandered around the property by himself as did I. There was this one exhibit and I noticed it looked like a waiting area and then I walked in and saw all the symbols. The large stone hanging over the sheet of glass and the broken glass on the floor and then the way the chairs were set up. To me it felt oppressive. Anyhow, I think the message I got from this was not to throw stones in glass houses…You know, judging people based on who or what there are and not on what they did. I am sure that everyone gets their own meaning out of these exhibits. I will not cloud anyone else’s thoughts with mine, you know, just incase you ever want to visit their yourself.
He did have a few exhibits that needed no explanation, like the one above. Mr. Purifoy was an activist as well as an artist.
We only spent about 45 minutes walking around but it was so needed. Despite the messages I was getting, the place had peace and you feel it as you walked the grounds. I do suggest taking a trip there, but do the recon and make the most of the trip as there is so much to see in that area. Just the landscape alone is worth the trip.
I am still going through the photos from yesterday and also trying to rest as much as possible. I walked more yesterday than I have been and it feels like it. My pedometer indicates that we walked around a mile in the Big Morongo Preserve. I should have brought my walker but did okay on the trail.
The trail was easy to maneuver and luckily we did not see any wild animals but signs were posted everywhere reminding people to stay on the trail.
We had last been in that area when I did a photo shoot for my grandsons impending birth and had no idea this park was right behind it. My mind was going crazy with ideas as I would love to do another shoot here.
Our whole trip lasted about 4 hours yesterday, including travel time and breakfast. I can’t wait for the next adventure! Also, I have made progress on my training for the little walk I am doing and the spreadsheet is keeping my accountable.
I like being able to see that because I walked everyday for that week and how much total calories i burned. The week, I burned enough calories for one meal from a fast food place. It puts things in perspective, at least for me. Anyhow, speaking of walking, it is time to get out of the road for the morning.
Thank you, dear reader for the visit and hope to see you around these parts again. Have a ___________ day! You are the captain of your ship so make it a day that you would like. Hugs to you and you and especially you over there!