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Jan 9, 2013 - Bard California - Imperial Date Garden and Yuma Landing in Yuma

As we were going to Bard to visit the Imperial Date Garden, The largest Medjool date producer in the world. We saw a hot air balloon in the sky. The history behind this date is based upon the fact the Maracco's Medjool date trees had been infected with a fatal disease, so they sent 12 tree to the USA and Imperial Date Gardens owners got 6 of the trees. Medjool dates are harvested in August. Once harvested, they store the date at minus 9 degree until needed, they can be kept in a freezer for up to two years, in a refrigerator for up to six...

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Apr 2, 2012 - Date Shakes & Burros

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...

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Feb 15, 2010 - Imperial Dam, California

The Bureau of Land Management administers acres of land owned by the federal government. Some of it is set aside for recreation, including this desert area near the Imperial Dam about 25 miles north of Yuma, Arizona. The dam diverts water from the Colorado River to the All American Canal, where it is pumped downstream to irrigate the desert for the farmers. We discovered that one morning when we looked for that lovely view of the reservoir (that you see in the first photograph) and all we saw was a muddy lake bottom. Anyone may camp without...

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Winter 2009/2010