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Is 24 Miles Too Far to Drive for a Slice of Pie?

Borrego Springs, California: The weather in Borrego Springs was just marvelous today. 70°. Not a cloud in the sky and not a hint of wind. We enjoyed our coffee on our sunny patio and then DT ran on the grass on the golf course and I did one of my favorite workouts in Borrego - the Pole-to-Pole Pounder. A great workout for anyone, it requires alternating running fast and walking between the telephone poles along the road. Walk, run, walk, run, walk, run, rinse, repeat. Do this for four miles and you will know you had a great exercise session the next morning. Awesome. It was great to be running in Borrego again. My boyfriend was still waiting for me, down on the corner and still offering me a box of just-picked grapes.

After all that work, what would be a better reward than a slice of apple pie from theJulian Pie Company? Nothing, it turns out, so DT drove us 24 miles to Julian, California. Up from the desert of Borrego Springs, to 4000-feet-in-elevation Julian - with a little snow on the side of the road, pine trees and apple orchards.

The Julian Pie Company sells pies and a few cookies. Coffee. You can get ice cream on your pie and they will zap it for you or you can eat it room temperature. Not a lot of options. Not a lot of options is very often a very good thing. If you are going to do pie - just do pie already.

Dutch Crumb Apple Pie

We each had a slice of pie and bought a Natural Apple Pie to bring home.

We took the long-cut back to Borrego Springs, via Ranchito, so I could snap photos of Borrego Springs and the Salton Sea for your enjoyment.

This view looks directly east. The Salton Sea is just below the horizon, and is the largest lake in California. The desert is not yet blooming, but after all the rain last week, it's very green.

The little green area in the middle of the desert is the town of Borrego Springs. The dark areas to the left-center are acres and acres of citrus groves. The entire town is completely land-locked, surrounded by Anza-Borrego State Park.

Once where Marilyn, Bing and Marlon vacationed to escape the crazy crowds of Palm Springs, Borrego Springs has never grown into its promised potential. I am so happy Borrego Springs remains a sleepy sister!

I saw a recipe for Grown-Up Tuna Noodle Casserole today (via twitter) on The Kitchn(not a typo). What are the chances all the needed ingredients would be in our RV?


Granted, the author called for kale because she didn't care for peas in tuna casserole, but I had peas and I did not have kale, so went old-school. I made a half-recipe and skipped the whole bread crumb baking step and just sprinkled a little grated cheddar over all. Everything is beddar with cheddar.

Grown-Up Tuna Noodle Casserole had a long ingredient list - but certainly fewer than the ingredients on a can of salt-laden cream of mushroom soup. Would I make it again? Yes. In about five years - probably the next time I will crave tuna noodle casserole.

Until my next update, I remain, your sweet-as-pie correspondent.

RV PARK: The Springs at Borrego RV Resort & Golf Course. One of our very favorite RV parks on the west coast. Sites are large and each has a nice cement patio and picnic table. Cement 50 amp pull-throughs with full service. There are also different varieties of citrus trees all over, so you will never be lacking for a cocktail garnish in the winter. Wifi. Fabulous warm pool and many hot tubs - all from their own hot springs! Fitness center, library, community rooms. Regulation 9-hole golf course. Recycling. Huge fenced dog park! We are paying $69 per night for a "premium" site.