The team had an off-day so Trudy and I did a little roadfooding. We got up early and drove to the Wheel Inn in Cabazon, California. This truck stop is most famous for the concrete dinosaurs in back and its appearance in the movie "Pee Wee"s Big Adventure". The food was quite good. Trudy went Buffetbuster on me and had an incredible slice of pecan pie for breakfast. I had a tasty green chile omlette with a side of excellent hash browns. We had congenial waitresses , one of whom talked about a novel she was writing. We went through the gift shop and decided to pass on the steer horns for sale. There were tributes to James Dean and Elvis. A nice piece of Americana with good food. Could not be beat as a start to the morning in the desert.
We drove on the old highway from Palm Springs to Indio. It was a cultural experience driving past high end restaurants, Gerald Ford Drive, Dinah Shore Drive and Bob Hope and Frank Sinatra Drives. It was ungodly hot and it appeared as if we were in a ghostly city as there were no people about.
Our next stop was Shields Date Farm We watched the film about dates, sampled a wide variety of the fruit and had Date Shakes with the date crystals Mr Shields invented. It was one of the sweetest and tastiest combinations I've ever had and one of the great highlighs of my roadfooding experiences. There are several reviews on-site that give a great description of the place. It was a bit like stepping back in time,there is a kitsch feel but the fruit and date shake are a great taste experience. that makes the place a must stop for every roadfooder.
We drove back to our hotel tired after the heat, rested and then drove to Dodger Stadium for a contest between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers. The stadium is starting to show its age but it is still a showplace. It was Manny Ramirez poster night so the boys got a free poster. Manny did not start but he pinch hit in the 7th with two men on and his team two runs down but he did not hit a high fly into the stands, simply a weak grounder to second. The Brewers stud Ryan Braun had two doubles. The Brewers won 4-1.
We were in the left field pavilllion cheap seats and the fans were loud and lively, booing anyone wearing Brewers gear with gusto. A great experience for the boys and my first visit to the stadium in 30 years
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