Tuesday, February 19, 2019

WE ROLLED THE BIG WHEELS FURTHER WEST TODAY

WE HAD TO TRADE THE MOTORHOME IN TODAY FOR A CAMEL TO GET OURSELVES ACROSS THESE SANDUNES
It was 8:55 a.m. and we had the big wheels rolling.  Not knowing if it was a good idea to leave our quiet little spot in the Cibola Wildlife Refuge we headed out anyway, crossed the Colorado River again and set ourselves a westerly course further into California.  Yes, things are more expensive in California but it's a beautiful State and we have a lot of great memories here.  Of course we were heading to one of our all time very much most favorite places......Borrego Springs.
LEAVING THE CIBOLA WILDLIFE REFUGE
CIBOLA'S OXBOW CAMPGROUND ON THE CALIFORNIA SIDE OF THE COLORADO RIVER
CROSSING THE IMPERIAL SAND DUNES NEAR GLAMIS CALIFORNIA
A CALIFORNIA SAND PLOW

It's about a two hour drive from where we were to Borrego and it was a clear blue sky all the way.  A familiar route for us and one we have driven a number of times both ways over the years.
A LOT OF AGRICULTURE GOING ON IN THESE PARTS

BORDER PATROL CHECKPOINT....THEY WAVED US RIGHT THROUGH
OCOTILLO WELLS SAND PLOW
HAPPY CAMPERS
HEADING THROUGH THE TEXAS DIP 
BORREGO SPRINGS DEAD AHEAD
A FAVORITE SPOT FOR US

Because it's President's Week in the United States and knowing kids were off school we unexcitedly expected to see a lot of ATV's, dirt bikes, and dune buggies in the Ocotillo Wells area and couldn't believe our luck when we found the whole area completely dead and devoid of any off-road vehicles.  It was a good omen for Borrego Springs and sure enough we found Borrego Springs quiet as well.  Our luck held and we found one of our favorite spots empty.  Although we had contemplated skipping Borrego Springs this year I am sure glad now we didn't.  Great to be here...............
SNOW ON THE SANTA ROSA MOUNTAINS
Of course long time blog readers will know where we headed straightaway for supper.  Jilbertos has been a favorite of mine since first coming here back in2007.  It's a Mexican restaurant but I don't care for Mexican food but they have a great burger and fries which I get every time we go there.  And it's one of the only times a year I drink a soda.  Rootbeer:))  I had my usual today and Kelly had some fish taco things with something else all rolled up in green stuff or something.  
EVERY WINTER FOR 12 OF 13 YEARS I'VE LOOKED FORWARD TO MY BURG AND FRIES WITH A ROOT BEER AT JILBERTOS
After Jilbertos Kelly walked across the street to the Anza Borrego Desert Nature store to pick up a program of upcoming events.  Soon as she walked in the door she was recognized by a long time Borrego Springs blog reader.  A lady working there said she knew it was Kelly right away:))
GREAT TO BE BACK IN BORREGO SPRINGS CALIFORNIA

No idea how long we'll be here so we'll just play it by ear.  Maybe a few days, maybe a few weeks.  Wednesday will be a catch-up day.  Laundry, groceries, Thrift store, rig clean-up, etc.  Winds are predicted followed by rain Thursday but for only one day then Sun, Sun, Sun:))
WE TOOK US FOR A LITTLE CRUISE THROUGH THE DESERT ON THE WAY BACK TO THE RIG
GROANER'S CORNER:(( The construction foreman ordered one of his men to dig a hole 8 feet deep. But after the job was done, the boss returned and explained an error had been made and the hole wouldn't be needed. "Fill 'er up," he ordered the worker. The worker did as he'd been told. But he ran into a problem. He couldn't get all the dirt packed back into the hole without leaving a mound on top. He went to the office and explained his problem. "Honestly!" the foreman snorted. "The kind of help I get these days! There's obviously only one thing to do. You'll have to dig that hole deeper!" 
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Politicians and diapers have one thing in common: they should both be changed regularly… and for the same reason.

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Q: How many politicians does it take to change a light bulb?
A: Two: one to change it and another one to change it back again.
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A father was at the beach with his children when the four-year-old son ran up to him, grabbed his hand, and led him to the shore, where a seagull lay dead in the sand.
"Daddy, what happened to him?" the son asked.
"He died and went to Heaven," the dad replied.
The boy thought a moment and then said, "Did God throw him back down?"


Monday, February 18, 2019

WE HAVE BEEN SO FORTUNATE TO HAVE SUCH GREAT WEATHER THIS WINTER WHEREVER WE'VE BEEN


I can't say I'm greatly envious but must admit I am somewhat a little envious of the majority of RV'ers who are able to head south each winter and be content to stay in the same location all season without moving.  For Kelly and I I'm sure our lives would be much simpler and cheaper if we were able to do that.  However being the restless people we are that has rarely happened.  Our ranch sitting days in earlier years and our Arizona house being the two brief exceptions. I am very thankful these past 13 winters we have spent our time traveling as we have moving around from place to place experiencing everything we have in a land so rich in natural beauty, mysticism, folklore, legends, and wide open spaces just waiting to be explored...............  


DRIVING BY THESE BURROWING OWL NESTS I THOUGHT I SPOTTED ONE OF THE LITTLE FELLOWS


YEP THERE IT IS ALRIGHT
'AWWWW NUTS' IT WAS JUST A ROCK
SAND HILL CRANES CAN BE SEEN ALONG THE TREE LINE
Well, we will soon be on the move again.  It's always a minor miracle if we can stay in one spot for a full two weeks with one week being more the norm.  We have slowed down from other years but not a whole lot.  In a land as beautiful as this there is always the next mountain range beckoning, the next funky little town to find, the next totally new place to see and the next great boondocking site to discover.  With the exception of having to be in Quartzsite for a day and half we have been here in the Cibola Wildlife Refuge for about two weeks now and we are  both very much feeling the need to move on soon.  Just as we enjoyed our two weeks at Gunsight Wash south of Why Arizona we have enjoyed our time here on the Wildlife Refuge south of Blythe California.  Very few people anywhere and privacy galore.  We may very well pass this way one more time before leaving on our long journey home sometime next month around this time.......weather permitting.

It ended up being a very quiet day around our house again.  Aside from sitting outside for a awhile in the warm afternoon Sunshine watching a slow moving parade of  lumbering Elephants, frolicking Whales and Porpoises' along with a collection of large cloud Ducks, Doggie faces and an unending selection of Hippos, Rhinos, big funny faces and cats of all descriptions, our day was pretty quiet.  The parade of course took place high above against a deep blue sky as we watched an endless number of cotton-ball clouds floating by in their many creative and imaginative configurations.


A QUIET MORNING AT OUR HOUSE
AND WHAT IS KELLY WORKING ON OVER THERE??
GROANER'S CORNER:(( Three pastors were having lunch in a diner.  One said, "You know, since summer started I've been having trouble with bats in my loft and attic at church. I've tried everything--noise, spray, cats--nothing seems to scare them away".  Another said, "Me too. I've got hundreds living in my belfry and in the attic. I've even had the place fumigated, and they won't go away."  The third said, "I baptized all mine, and made them members of the church. Haven't seen one back since!"
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- What's brown and sounds like a bell? DUNG

- What do you get when two peas fight?  Black-eyed peas
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The church held a "Marriage Seminar" and the Priest asked Luigi, as his 50th wedding anniversary approached, to share some insight into how he managed to stay married to the same woman all these years. Luigi replied to his audience, "Well, I tried to treat her well and spend money on her. But the best thing I did was take her to Italy for our 20th anniversary." The Priest said "Luigi, you are an inspiration to all husbands here today. Please tell the audience what you plan for your wife for your 50th anniversary." Luigi proudly replied "I'm gonna go and get her."
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