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La Quinta Arts Festival

Indio, California: It's that time again - the annual La Quinta Arts Festival. In its 33rd year, the festival was recently voted the #1 arts festival in the United States. We go every year, walk around and admire the art, have an ice cream and go home empty-handed. This year we switched it up a bit and added fish tacos to the mix.

Friends from home are visiting the Palm Springs area for a few weeks in their RV, so we invited Jane and Michael to join us.

Photos of the actual art are not welcome, so I have to snap "in general" shots of the festival held in the beautiful city park next to the La Quinta City Hall.

Pretty park - island in the lake held a beer/wine garden.

The tall colorful sculptures on the edge of the pond are wind-catchers


Fish tacos from the Fisherman's Grill booth

We recognized many artists from previous years, so think this must be a lucrative show. The quality of work - jewelry, paintings, photography, sculpture, fiber art, wood-work - is always outstanding! A few new artists had crazy-weird-dream-inspired mixed-media pieces of horses... with human heads... with a pig riding on the back... balancing a toaster and a chicken... or something like that. Dave and I continue to search for the perfect piece of art for the blank wall above the bar in the casita. Three years now and nothing (that can take the heat) has yet caught our eye.

We did see a knucklehead wearing this shirt though...

... in public... with his wife... in broad daylight. No mirror, buddy?

We ended the afternoon with an ice cream, dipped in chocolate and rolled in local Brandini Toffee.

After a little rest (it was 88° at the Arts Festival), Jane and Michael returned to the Motorcoach Country Club for a cocktail cruise on Captain Jim and Mary's sturdy craft - the Desert Duck.

Even Jane and Michael's dog went for a boat ride!

This park looks fantastic from the water - with views to the rear of the lots. Everyone has such fancy landscaping, outdoor lighting (tiki torches!), fire pits, infinity pools and gorgeous flowers.

Though my favorite boat name at the resort remains Not Alotta Yatta, owners really do go out of their way to christen their 9hp crafts with clever monikers. Don't Drink and Cruise, y'all!

A cruise is another fantastic way to show-off our resort to visitors. Thank you, Mary and Captain Jim for the sunset cruise.

Our friends stayed for dinner - another experiment for a future blog post, Chicken Marsala.

Until my next update, I remain, your artsy-yachting-set correspondent.

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RV PARK: The Motorcoach Country Club