DesertX is like a scavenger hunt for artworks that spans geographically from Whitewater just northwest of Palm Springs to further south in Coachella, CA. It features 16 artworks from artists with a passion for global and local issues. Unfortunately, Nate and I only got to see 12 of the 16 pieces, as 2 of them are closed due to theft and another 2 are no longer exhibiting. With somewhat careful timing, we were able to visit the 12 in one day by driving through one giant figure 8 loop throughout the desert cities.
Monument by Will Boune
Hearth by Lita Albuquerque
Circle of Land and Sky by Philip K Smith
Hollow Earth by Glenn Kaino
La Fiesta en El Desierto by Armando Lerma
Curves and ZigZags by Claudia Comte
Alive by Jeffrey Gibson
One I Call by Sherin Guirguis
Mirage by Doug Aitken
Donation Box by Gabriel Kuri
“I Am” by Tavares Strachan
Just a note: This photo of “I Am” does not do it justice! It is a night time experience that immerses you in a light show in the midst of darkness. From the ground all you can see are patterns of lights. From the sky, all the lights read “I Am”.
The end of the road… or so you would think! Road’s End in Kings Canyon is actually the beginning of more adventures! It is a “hub” at the end of Highway 180 from which adventurers can span out and explore the wilderness. There are trails for day hikes and backcountry, swimming holes, and a ranger station here. Zumwalt Meadow is accessible from here as well. There are clear blue waters and a few opportunities for swimming (do so at your own risk! and only on calm waters!).
On the day we arrived at Road’s End during our 2016 summer Sequoia-King’s Canyon camping trip, there was a large extended family who was having a blast leaping off a boulder and into the deep clear waters below. Nothing made me happier than seeing all the children and families laughing and shrieking with delight at the activity. We joined in on the festivities and relished the icy clear waters. Note: please, please heed the warning signs. Drowning is a very real danger here. The watering hole we swam in happened to be a calm portion of the water where the current was not strong.
Juancho’s Mexican Grill & Bar is a small restaurant located in College Park Plaza, Upland. It serves great Mexican food at a fair price. Juancho’s is known their inexpensive lunch buffet. Originally, I came to this spot to something really quick, since I was on my lunch break. So, I ordered a simple wet BRC burrito with the sauce on the side. What I got was an average burrito with an amazing sauce -so much so that I would consider it one of the best things I ever ate/drank.
Bean & cheese with the best mole I’ve ever tasted.
Now I’m no mole expert but what ate that day was memorable and that’s more than I can say for some higher end restaurants. These flavorful ingredients meld and create a very rich and slightly sweet experience. Bomb.com for sure! -Reviewed by N8
Juancho’s Mexican Grill & Bar.
2440 W Arrow Route, Upland, CA 91786
Three of the best pets in the world! Chillin out after a hot day here in the IE, Marley (left), Kara (right), and Marco (bottom center).
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