The rocky outcrops and wonderful flora made it easy for me to stay an extra day at the Rancho Santa Inez. The husband and wife who run the restaurant were amazing warm and thoughtful. They even let the poodles into the restaurant during meals. This is the first ‘dining out’ that I’ve done and I mostly ate there to support their business. It was your usual beans and rice enchiladas. In her leopard spotted pants and a bulky sweater, Señora GaIina was quick to laugh at Nickel’s antics of carrying around either my shoe or wallet and Eureka’s persistent rubbing to say hello. They were mostly good but even when TinTin found her way into the kitchen and cleaned the floor, Señora GaIina still laughed and said, “No Problema!”
I camped next to and dined with a fellow traveler from Nevada City. He is a writer and photographer named Dale Smith and you can check out his website:
He took a few picture of the poodles and our hostess which I hope to post when I get them. I hope he sends me the one of our hosts in the dining room… hint hint 🙂
FLORA (and some Poodle Fauna)
What you see when you look up a palm’s skirt
The most nasty evil thorns out there. These babies stick like velcro with dagger like barbs that won’t let go. Clusters of them fall onto the ground waiting to leap out at sneakers and poodle legs. I learned my first desert hiking rule… .always carry gloves.
I think the latin name fits this plant the best….Molesta!