The Case of the Missing Red Crayons

Palm Springs Oasis hike, Borrego Springs, California

Palm Springs Oasis hike, Borrego Springs, California


Borrego Palm Springs, Ca.

Borrego Palm Springs, Ca.

IMG_2533Boon docking, also known as Dry Camping. How it works: Pick a spot and camp on it.  Boon Docking,” aka “Dry Camping.” Here’s how it works: Pick a spot. Camp on that spot. No hook-ups.(Electricity, water, cable) Low or no fees.View from our Boon Docking Campsite      View from our Boon Docking Campsite

Shelley: I’m pretty excited about heading to Mexico at the end of January. Aren’t you?

John: Sure am.

Shelley: I think it’s important that we attempt Spanish while we’re there. Don’t you?

John: Sure do.

Shelley: We need to dig out the “Learn to Speak Spanish CD” and have another go. But this time we’re going to start at the beginning. No jumping around like last time.

Shelley and John learn spanish.

John: No need.

Shelley: No need? Of course there’s a need as I’m pretty sure neither one of us can speak Spanish.

John: Pretty sure I can.

Shelley: Really?

John: Really.

Shelley: Since when?

John: Since now.

Shelley: OK Senor, what does this mean?

“Borrego Palm Canyon es el rastro más popular en el parque de estado más grande de California.”

John: That’s easy. There’s been a grand robbery in Borrego Palm Canyon, California and…

Shelley: You do know I’m reading from a park brochure.

John: Shelley, please. Save your comments until I’ve finished.

Shelley: Esto lleva a la tercera mayor oasis de palmeras en California , el cual fue el primer sitio buscado para un parque desértico estado de nuevo en la década de 1920 .
John: The robber was a male who first visited an oasis in California. And… This male robber stole crayons from…

Shelley: Es un hermoso oasis, bien regado, escondido en una garganta en forma de V rocoso.

John: 7-Eleven.

Shelley: Oh! Ha! Ha! Ha! 7-Eleven?

John: Shhhh…. I’m in a zone. You may continue.

Shelley: Si tiene suerte , puede vislumbrar un borrego cimarrón , en un cañón con vegetación por única especie nativa de California de la palma.

John: All the stolen crayons were red… Californian red palm trees red.

Like these. ( )

Like these. ( )

Shelley: Red?

John: Red. And?

Shelley: El parque recibe muchos…

John: Muchos? Muchos? Ah yes! There were a lot of red crayons which he hid in his parked car. Go ahead.

Shelley: (visitantes debido a su proximidad a las metrópolis del Sur de California, y la pista es relativamente fácil de acceder y caminata 3 millas de ida y vuelta con 600 ‘ de desnivel )

John: Police say the crayon robber definitely spoke english. He was an englishman. An Englishman visiting palm trees in California.

Shelley: El sendero visita el primero palmeral y una cascada.

John: Police will pay for any leads the public sends in as they are extremely anxious to close

“The Case of the Missing Red Crayons.”

There. Satisfied?

Shelley:…  I’m sorry I ever doubted you.

John: De nada.


Overview: Borrego Palm Canyon is the most popular trail in California’s largest state park. It leads to the third-largest palm oasis in California, which was the first site sought for a desert state park back in the 1920s. It’s a beautiful, well-watered oasis, tucked away in a rocky V-shaped gorge. If you’re lucky, you may glimpse a bighorn sheep, in a canyon vegetated by California’s only native species of palm. The park receives many visitors due to its proximity to the metropolises of Southern California, and the trail is relatively easy to access and hike (three miles round trip with 600′ elevation gain). The trail visits the first palm grove and a waterfall. A longer option takes you exploring farther up-canyon. During the spring wildflower season, this trail is not the place to “get away from it all.” However, the hike is rewarding in may ways: child-friendly, a multitude of waypoints through which to explore the natural history, and minimal effort for outstanding natural values.


Day 132, January 16th, 2014

Day 139, January 16th, 2014

Shelley and John

30 thoughts on “The Case of the Missing Red Crayons

      • Ever the optimist, I’d like to compliment you and John on your linguisitic progress. Yet I’m afraid of what they’ll serve when you order at an authentic Mexican ‘casa de comida’ (not all menus have pictures). Thanks for allowing me to snort at your expense (but I was laughing with you!!). Seriously, though, consider getting a digital pocket translator. They bridge (sometimes, embarrassing) gaps quite well. Or you could hire me to accompany you into the South of the Border wilderness. 🙂


      • John asked what would be cheaper – you or the pocket translator??? We are going to look for an app. but once again on limited internet – Camping just up from The Hoover Damn! BTW have yet to see any mountain sheep.


  1. John is definitely fluent!! He could be one of my brothers, he’s so good at Spanish. I understood everything you wrote, of course- but I have to admit, I prefer John’s translation. Especially the 7-11 part. Muy bien Señor John!


    • Well you know, I don’t like to brag, but for some of us languages come so easily. 🙂 The best bit is brickhousechick has sent us a spanish lesson on useful phrases. Let’s see… Dame el clicky-clicky, din-bat!


  2. LOL, I was definitely laughing WITH you! 🙂

    I do prefer John’s translations. Going to go scan the news to see if Dateline is ready to update the “Case of the Missing Red Crayons”!!!!


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