Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Before and After - Borrego Springs California

Those of you who have been around for awhile know that we like to spend time in and around Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in Southern California. It is a huge place and even has a small town in it. That town is Borrego Springs, and like most desert towns, it is well worth exploring.  Here is a link to the post that contains this photo and some other oddities we saw there.


This photo was included in the older post. An English double-decker bus is the kind of oddity that is usually found only in the desert.  About a month ago, I received an email with an attached photo from the owner! 
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Hello Patrick,
 Hey, that’s my bus! I ran across it with a simple Google Image search of “Bus Borrego Springs”. I got a kick out of seeing Buster on your blog site. Yeah, why not? That’s what I said, so I bought her - sort of a rescue case. Please come back and take another picture. She’s got a nice new coat of paint now. BTW her motor’s kaput. - Grace
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Here is a current photo of the bus she sent to me. They have done a lot of work on it and the new paint job really looks good. For sure, we are going to go visit the bus and its nice owners a little later in the year. 

I thought it was pretty cool that she emailed me. Just one more reason why I love the desert.


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38 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's cool they found it through your site and purchased it. Looks almost new now. Maybe they'll eventually put a new motor in it.

trav4adventures said...

Nice looking bus! We'll have to get back to Anza Borrego some time in the fall.
Cheryl Ann

dennis hodgson said...

London buses: nice to look at, a pig to drive. This one belongs to an era when fares were collected and tickets issued by a conductor. The driver was isolated from the rest of the bus.

Should Fish More said...

Neat bus. Yes, the oddest things are found in the desert.

Bossy Betty said...

That IS cool and Buster is looking good already!

Kaya said...

I always new that the world is so small. Pat this is an amazing story about this bus. I like the stories like this very much. They always surprise me and make me feel good about this life.

Bus became is a real beauty and ready to hit the roads.

TexWisGirl said...

how cool is that!!!! love her new gussied-up self, too!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Brilliant! I watch an English program where they fix up old buses and the likes as holiday homes, tow them somewhere fabulous and hey presto.. cheap holiday accommodation.. this would be perfect for that Pat :)

Brian said...

That rescue bus sure looks amazing!

Sylvia K said...

Oh, cool indeed, Pat! I love it! Thanks as always for sharing the fun places/things that you do!!!

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

I'm glad the bus has another life, but I'm pretty fond of it in it's prior life :-)

Shelly said...

Wow!!! Not all things are a mirage in the desert...

mshatch said...

Wpw! They made her pretty!

Betsy Adams said...

Wow---isn't blogging just awesome??? To be able to share something and communicate like that is TERRIFIC... That bus looks great now.

Hugs,
Betsy

M Pax said...

Oh, how neat to hear from the owner. And that is a cool bus. I can understand why she had to have it.

Pat Tillett said...

Alex J. Cavanaugh - I'll put up some other photos after I visit them in the fall. They already owned it when I took the photo.

trav4adventures - I can't wait to get back there myself.

Dennis Hodgson - I know you are right, but they are still an awesome bit of history.

Should Fish More - It is neat. One of the reasons I love the desert, is the odd things we see there.

Bossy Betty - Yes he is! I can't wait to see it in person again.

Pat Tillett said...

Kaya - Thanks so much Kaya! It really is a small world, isn't it?

TexWisGirl - Yep, she is looking good! I can't wait to get some updated photos.

PerthDailyPhoto - That's a pretty cool idea. I'm not sure what their exact plans are for this bus, but I'm going to find out.

Brian - It sure does!

Sylvia - It's my pleasure Sylvia! Thanks, right back at you.

Pat Tillett said...

Wayne - It's pretty cool either way. I love to see old things preserved.

Shelly - HA! You are right about that.

mshatch - They sure did. I want to see it in person.

Betsy Adams - Yes it is! This isn't the first time somebody has contacted me about something I posted.

William Kendall said...

The paint job looks marvelous. Really gives it a fresh vibrancy.

I've been contacted once because of a photoblog I posted.

sixdegreesphotography said...

Now that is cool..Only this would happen to you!
:-)

Al Penwasser said...

Double decker busses...London Bridge...all in the US. Who needs to go to England?

Stickup Artist said...

That is so cool. Can't wait till you go back, meet Grace, and do a photojournalistic piece on that. Your personal connection to these fascinating landscapes is what makes your posts so wonderful.

Pat Tillett said...

M Pax - Yep, I can't wait to talk to them in person. She also sent some other info about the bus, but I want to talk to her before I post any of that.

William Kendall - It does look really good. One of the unexpected contacts I had was from a sister, I knew nothing about!

sixdegreesphotography - I know, right? Always something happening.

Al Penwasser - I think you are right! Now if we could get Big Ben and the Tower of London, we'd be set. (sorry about my high spirited comment at your place...)

Stickup Artist - Thanks so much for saying those things. I really do appreciate it. We'll going down to Anza-Borrego at least a couple of times this year and I'm going to make it a point! That place where we camp up in the mountains is only about a mile from the park boundary.

Mandy Southgate said...

Oh, that is cute! Definitely one of the more unique places a red London bus has been found! I'd love to see it again through your lens, Pat.

LovkynÄ› said...

man, who wouldn't want to party it up in a bus in the middle of the desert, right?

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Gotta' love blogging and google. And that beautiful bus! What a great world this is! It'll be fun to meet the people next time you're ther.

Japy said...

That´s so cool. Of course it´s great that he contacted you and told you what he did.

Greetings.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

Very cool indeed and so right about the desert. My dad used to check out the power plants for GE and spent a fair amount of time in Randsburg. He loved it and on our first and last father daughter trip, he took me there. He was a like a kid in a candy store. Wish we had gotten a chance to do more of those trips.

Carmi Levy said...

I'd like to say that you meet the nicest people in the desert, but that wouldn't really hit the mark. Because you, in particular, always manage to find the best in people, and connect with them in ways that lead to delightful vignettes like this one.

You have a way about you, and that's inspiring.

Pat Tillett said...

Mandy Southgate - You are right about that! The last thing I expected see that day, was this awesome bus. I'll do another post after I see it again.

Lovkyne - LOL! Only if it has some top of the line A/C.

Sallie FTL - It will be fun and I can't wait to meet them in person.

Pat Tillett said...

Japy - Hello Japy! Yes, it is very cool.

Pasadena Adjacent - That was really nice that your dad and you both enjoyed the desert. There are a lot of cool places around Randsburg. I have several posts backed up from that area and still have much more to see.

Carmi Levy - Thanks for saying those nice things Carmi. I appreciate it! It may be because I'm more relaxed there. Despite what a lot of people say, I've always found most of the people there to be friendly.

Baby Sister said...

Ha!! How awesome is that. :) It looks loads better!!

Icy BC said...

That is just awesome! The paint looks good and such a nice rescue!

sage said...

I hope they get the motor working--but I bet that thing doesn't have AC and that might be a bigger need. Looks like they did some good work on it!

Pat Tillett said...

Baby Sister - It is pretty awesome and it does look much better.

Icy BC - I agree. It's great to see pieces of history saved like this.

sage - I don't know about the A/C, but I'm going to find out. Anza-Borrego is REALLY hot during the summer.

DEZMOND said...

love the doubledecker!

RuneE said...

I have used such a bus in its original habitat, I but would never have dreamed about seeing one there. Nice.

Pat Tillett said...

DEZMOND - So do I. I hope to see it in a couple of days. It supposed to be over 110 degrees by Wednesday. So, I'm not sure if we're going.

RuneE - I have ridden in one also, but it was somewhere here in the U.S. Thanks for the multiple comments.