Sunday, March 25, 2012

Lower your standards.

You know how I like to present thoughtful, intelligent, well-developed posts.  A tasty, full-course meal of profundity and visual delights. A mixed-media buffet. Tonight's special is the Swanson salisbury steak dinner of blog posts.  May I recommend Walmart's boxed Sweet Red to go with that?

Lunch.  So beautiful!  Thanks, Annie.

Imperial Dunes.  

What is this tree?

This is that.

That was this.  Plank road over the dunes.


I just liked it.

I didn't like this.

We walked a long way specifically to get here, but I got the willies.  High tension power lines snapping over our heads, and this thing in our sights.  I fought the urge to run.  RUN!  ME!  Such was the extent of my discomfort.

Ahh. Much better.  Check out that road.

It may be hard to tell, but this is freakin' deep.  Each dot on the floor is a giant sequoia grove.  Or some kind of bush.

I hope the mashed potatoes were to your liking, and that you weren't too upset by the succotash mixing in with your apple cobbler.  

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Teresa Evangeline said...

Might tasty, mighty tasty. Except for that palate cleanser of a fence....yikes.

Gaelyn said...

Thanks for dinner.

It's an Ironwood tree. Don't try to cut or saw it. The name is for real.

I like the dunes, but the fence can go.

Did you hit the Slabs?

Brenda A. said...

Stupid fence. That's all I have to say about that. The salad makes up for it though. :)

The Good Luck Duck said...

I had a real, gut reaction to that place. When the gut reacts, it can't be pretty.

Ironwood! Thank you. We're not at the Slabs, but when you mentioned it, I Googled - only an hour thirty from here.

Michael Ultra said...

How do you pull that gigantic duck tongue out of your cheek?

The Good Luck Duck said...


TexCyn said...

Oh I passed out. I don't like heights. I think I've told you that before. Now I must leave, I'll go via plank road...but I took a bite of your salad first :-9
I'm guessing plank road wasn't made out of an ironwood tree then...

Wanderin' said...

Been there, done that but I want that good looking salad!!!

The Good Luck Duck said...

Cyn, WAKE UP! *slaps face repeatedly* Watch the sand, take an ironwood stick.

Ain't it pretty? It needed its picture taken.

Teresa Johannesma Wood said...

Ugh! not so great memories of the dunes and plank road - we got stuck in the sand with our truck and trailer there back in 2008 - the border patrol lady tried to help us dig out but alas we had to call for a tow truck and pay the $130 to get out! lesson learned! don't drive on the sand!

The Good Luck Duck said...

Yuck. Sorry to hear you had that nasty experience. We'll try to learn from you, and not have to pee on the electric fence ourselves.

Cheryl (Desert Diva) said...

Wow, that's a great looking salad - yum!

I'd want to throw something at the fence to see if it would disintegrate or at least cook a steak... ;-)

As for the Slabs have you ever read the book or watched the movie "Into the Wild?" There's a small excerpt where McCandless visited on his travels to Alaska.

MorningAJ said...

I have a silly question. Which side of the fence was the sign? Were they trying to keep people out (in which case shouldn't it have been in Spanish?) or stop you leaving?

Nice salad. It's given me an idea for dinner.

bhikkhu john said...

I like that photo of the piece of glass catching just a little bit of light. That's a nice photo. And that lunch salad looked amazing.

The Odd Essay said...

I see the all-American pasttime is active there, too... shooting up the signs along the road. That sport is right up there with graffiti.... Interesting that plank road pieces have been laying there since 1927 and not totally decayed. Guess that's desert life for you.

squawmama said...

always entertaining!!!
Have fun & Travel safe

The Good Luck Duck said...

Cheryl, that would be so Star Trek (the original). Seriously, it had that kind of mojo, though. I haven't seen that movie. I've also been told to watch a movie called "something something something Grid something." Think I could Google that? It's all about people truly living off the grid, possibly all about the Slabs.

AJ, good to hear from you! It's not a silly question at all; I pondered the same thing. It was on the US side. I thought maybe if Border Patrol happened upon someone fat and pink with a camera hanging off her neck on the US side, they would make the assumption that I was where I'm supposed to be. But, maybe it's not always such an easy call.

Thanks, John! And, the salad was as tasty as it was pretty. Always good to hear from you - how are things? Are you planting yet?

Sharon, it's universal. Or, at least, national. Those signs are sitting ducks - QUACK! I wonder if someone is still maintaining that display. Otherwise, wouldn't it have been covered over by now?

Thanks, Donna!

Sherry said...

Way to go - great looking VEGAN SALAD. Yum. Can I borrow Annie????

I used to live just off of Plank Road. The one from the 1700's that they used to go over the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. It's not in the desert. It's paved now. Too now I like yours better.

Go ahead and run, it's good for you! :-)

The Good Luck Duck said...

From the looks of your breakfasts, you already have an Annie! Blue Ridge Mountains - so beautiful. And, no running. The aftermath would require a HazMat team.

Anonymous said...

Why oh why did I click on those this while hungry? And I am vegan. Glorious.

Janie and John said...

You are a lucky duck, I wish someone would make me a salad like that. I liked all the courses of todays post-yum.

Spotted Dog Ranch: said...

Be careful, cause that's a sidewinder ironwood tree. And I like those giant sequoia groves, they remind me of my brother's HO train set when we were kids.

Donna K said...

Have to admit, when I saw the sign Plank Road, I did not think of slats of wood. Now that Planking and Owling have run their course, there is a new pose called Tebowing - or so my son informed this weekend. I know, off topic but still....

The salad looks yummy and I am NOT vegan!!

Contessa said...

Great post, love the info about the plank road, new stuff for my greay cells to absorb.

HATE the fence, always have, don't get me started....

The Good Luck Duck said...

Contessa, we likely share some opinions!

Donna, I've heard of Tebowing, but haven't done it (that anyone has seen). The salad was both beautiful and delicious. Most of us eat "vegan food" all the time, some just add animal products to the mix.

Hey Chinle, is that a real thing? Or, is it because it's all sidewind-y?

Janie, I AM a lucky duck!

Mary, it was delicious. Made me glad to be vegan myself.

Pam and Wayne said...

If we ever cross paths on the highway, I am inviting myself to lunch and Annie is in charge! If Wayne doesn't like it he can fend for himself! I made black bean soup yesterday, but it doesn't look as good as that salad.

The Good Luck Duck said...

C'mon over, Pam! Wayne can come, too, even if he's pouting.