Chino, CA to Tuscon, AZ

Before leaving California, we spent the night with Adrienne’s parents in Chino.  She drove me around so I could see a few of the remaining dairy farms in the area they live.

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We also came across these llamas during our drive.

Her parents  have horses and here’s Harriet, her mom, feeding Axel.

C2D40879-A903-4900-B332-4E5AB41A77A0Her dad, Mark wanted to be sure Adrienne had a special Florida gift to take with her.

Her mom also rescues cats and right now she has 20+ kittens.  I don’t think she will miss the black & white one I put in my backpack – just kidding.

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We’re meeting her sister in Indio at Shields Cafe for Brunch since it’s close to Coachella where she’s working for her newspaper.

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This place grows and features dates and they are incorporated in a variety of ways. 297996EC-F123-406A-BF25-E3B65F412AE1One option was stuffed dates (cream cheese & jalapeños) wrapped in bacon.

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I opted for breakfast and had the date pancakes. They were delicious!~  The dates were so sweet, I hardly needed any syrup.

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We we sat outside and enjoyed their live music.

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It was quite ‘toasty’ outside, but worth the trickle of sweat that went down my back.

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All too soon it was time to say goodbye and start the 2500+mile journey.  We are pretty much on I-10, ninety percent of the time.

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Naturally I had to share some of my desert photos.  These are from the California desert.  Yes, I have found that in each state the desert looks different.

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Our goal this day was to reach Tucson, AZ.  Adrienne wanted to be the one that drove us out of California……and she did.

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We stayed at an interesting hotel in Tucson – Lodge of the Desert.

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The room was great and had that ‘southwestern’ theme going, go figure.  🙂

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We found a really cool brewery downtown Tucson in their entertainment district called The Hub, Restaurant & Ice Creamery.

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Beer started the evening…….and I’m discovering a taste for amber beer.

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I had the best burger in a long time and they came with tator tots- very tasty.  Adrienne still had room for ice cream after her meal, which they make inhouse,  but I had no room left, I was stuffed.

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Breakfast was included with our room and was a nice way to end our stay in Tucson.

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The next travel goal is to reach San Antonio, TX – its going to be a long, long drive in a days time.

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