ADVENTURES IN OUR AMERICAN DREAM travel blog

One of several date farms we saw on our drive today

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Dates shakes coming up :-)

Date bread

We picked up some date candy too :-)

The shakes were awesome!!

We saw a lot of palms, every shape and size..

Some were soaking in water..

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HUGE ones..

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Back on the road to Senator Wash

Loved the desert gardens outside the store

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Laguna Dam

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We would love to launch a boat here and explore..

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Can you see the wild burro in the distance?

A better view

Last one!


We did a bit of exploring today. We drove to Bard, California to visit some of the date farms in the area. We stopped at the Imperial Date Gardens Farm and had great date shakes. They specialize in the fabulous Medjool Dates, they are the largest Medjool Date producer in Bard Valley. The drive took us through groves of date trees, the trees were mixed types and sizes. Some were HUGE. We also saw a lot of citrus trees. After having the delicious shakes and buying a variety box of date candy, we drove on to visit the Senator Wash area.

We heard about this area from our geocaching friends, Pam & Randy. We wanted to drive out and take a look. It is a very popular boondocking location in the Imperial Dam Long Term Visitor Area (LTVA). Camping areas are off Senator Wash Road near Senator Wash Reservoir. The reservoir is near Imperial Dam which is fed by the Colorado River and is about 25 miles north of Yuma. Although the LTVA is actually in California, it's very close to the Arizona border. It's surrounded by beautiful red brown hills, many of the camping areas have views of the Senator Wash Reservoir. This would be the perfect place to launch a boat and fish.

I took a ton of pictures of the area and will have to work hard to decide which ones to add. We also saw three wild burros. I was able to stop on the side of the road and do a few zoom pictures. They didn't come close to us, but I have read about them visiting the campsites in the area. Cool! After visiting the area, we went back to Yuma a different way and were surprised to run right into the Yuma Proving Grounds. I will be doing a separate update on this very interesting area. Check back later for more from Yuma.

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