Abandoned Diamond

Abandoned Diamond (1 of 3)

Dear Reader, I did not abandon you. Okay, I totally abandoned you. But, I did not forget about you and have thought of you frequently.

Abandoned Diamond (2 of 3)

2013 was another interesting year. Interesting as in to many big things, good and bad, happened and at some point I just had to sit back and figure things out. A major remodeling and cleaning needed and is taking place. Time to address lingering issues and decide what’s next. Hopefully it will all turn out looking better than this building.

Abandoned Diamond (3 of 3)

Why Abandoned Diamond? Diamond is the name of the…town?…where I found this building. The larger area may be called Diamond, it’s hard to tell, could be both. Diamond the “town” is a group of buildings in a lush valley located in Southeast Oregon. It was quite a shock to come out of the dry highlands to drop down into a sparkling emerald green valley. The tourist info says there is gas available here. I didn’t see a station, not even a tank. It also says there is food and lodging available, this is somewhat true. There is a cute bed and breakfast that serves meals; however, they only serve them at specific times. Between meal times you are stuck with a small gift shop area that sells soda and candy. Always pack some food when hitting the outback.

Diamond, Oregon, September 2013
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Dates (1 of 1)

Dates are natures candy. They are allowed to hang on the tree and the summer and fall heat dry them naturally. They are covered in paper or net in an attempt to shelter them from the elements and I imagine dust and birds.

Dates 2 (1 of 1)

Indio, California was where dates were introduced to the US and where the majority of US dates were grown. Production has moved south of town though as the Coachella Valley continues to grow. The valley’s part of the 13th-largest metropolitan area in the United States with nearly 600,000 people. The valleys starts with Palm Springs in the west and ends with Indio and the Salton Sea in the east. It’s one long city, no room for dates. I’m glad they’ve found room for them. Stop by Shields Dates for a date shake and you’ll understand why.

Dates 3 (1 of 1)