China Ranch Date Farm

Today we visited this fascinating place.  I can’t begin to explain its history but you can click here to learn about it.  Like the town of Shoshone, it is owned by members of the Fairbanks-Brown family.  This guy was the first to welcome us.  He was intent on hiding in the brush to the left but stopped when we approached.

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We took a couple of short hikes to get a feel for the place. One of them took us through a short area that was pretty overgrown and we had to “limbo” under some tree branches across the path.  The first three weren’t too bad but I almost could not get under the one in the last picture below. Fortunately, while Bob takes me these places, he does not abandon me.  With his help I made it. Otherwise, I guess he was just going to have to bring me dates to live on.

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This was one of the signs on this path and of interest to me, of course.DSC_5114

The area around the ranch is very barren and this is truly an oasis in the desert.

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The date palm growing is quite interesting. Workers were cutting away dead lower “branches” and other stuff we didn’t quite understand in preperation for the trees to propogate.   Dates grow from the orange shoots.

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And then these are just for your edification.

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We purchased some date bread and a chocolate chip date cookie – ummmm.

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