One of the best known things about the Mayan culture (2000 BC to 250 AD) was their penchant for creating calendars stretching centuries into the future. On December 21, 2012, their calendars suddenly end. Many theorize that the reason for this is that the world, as we know it, would come to an end and that the Mayans were predicting the future demise of mankind.

Back in August, during a club cruise down to San Diego, while eating lunch, club member Julie mentioned in passing about the upcoming end of the world. A Board member overheard the comment and immediately thought of the fun the club could have by creating an event around it. The “End of the World” cruise was born and everyone at the table got excited about the prospect of it.

Plans for the “End of the World” Cruise quickly began with discussions of possible destinations. Being the Mayan prediction was what set off the idea for the cruise, we decided to try and find a location with an Indian history. The Agua Caliente Casino and Resort, which is owned an operated by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, was chosen as our final destination.

Just before the world was to end, club members rolled out just after dawn and met up in several different locations to caravan together to the final meeting location in Banning, CA, where the groups all converged.

Our route for the cruise took us along the picturesque Highway 243, alongside both the Indian and Black Mountains, and around Mt. San Jacinto. Weather was a concern for many members as a storm blew through the area the night before, but the roads were clear for us.

As we climbed in elevation, our views changed from a lush green landscape into to a winter wonderland of a snow and ice all around us. The bright sunny day and blue skies made the snow covered trees and mountains all the more spectacular. Cresting the mountain and passing through the small mountain village of Idyllwild, CA (5,345 feet) we transitioned to Highway 74 towards Mountain Center, CA (4,518 feet).

After a bit of driving, we stopped for a short time at Lake Hemet to relax a bit and grab some pictures before proceeding on.

Club member Julie discovered some edible Mayan artifacts with some ancient symbols on them. The artifacts were shared and quickly sacrificed to the weather Gods as an offering for the terrific weather.

After leaving Lake Hemet, we descended from the mountain to drop down into the desert valley on the other side where the landscape turned to sage brush and earth tone hues.

After a few hours of cruising we finally arrived at our destination, Agua Caliente Casino and Resort. The club members headed inside for lunch in several different restaurants within the casino. After lunch, many tried their hands at some table games and slot machines before heading home and ending a fantastic day full of fun and scenery.

More pictures from the cruise can be found in our club photo gallery, and a short video of the day can also be found below:

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