"SSSSHHHHHH"......THIS IS A LIBRARY:))
The air is still at last. No swirling dust, no rocking coach, & no noisy flapping of awnings. The winds are finally dormant.
BORREGO SPRINGS LIBRARY......KELLY WORKS AT INSTALLING SKYPE ON THE NEW LAPTOP
Our nearest neighbors Rue & Don pulled out this morning in their travel trailer heading for Yuma. A Canadian Class A has moved into the neighborhood & the folks are from Ottawa. They hadn't been here for 5 years & said it was surprising at how few rigs are here. Said even Peg Leg Smith's has thinned out considerably compared to what it was.
We loaded up the new computer this morning & headed for the Library in town. I wanted to download a photo program called, Gimp & didn't want to do that using our limited Verizon plan. Kelly also installed Skype on the new Toshiba. Filled up some water jugs in the north end of town & drove through the Anza Borrego State Park to check out their dump & water facilities. This is a very scenic SP set right under the massive San Ysidro mountains & this is where Palm Canyon begins. We did that hike 2 years ago & you can see the photos from that day here. PALM CANYON Saw about a dozen big horn sheep high up on a canyon face that time too.
THE ROAD TO ANZA BORREGO STATE PARK
We were back to the rig shortly after noon & spent the rest of the day lazing around just enjoying being outside again without the wind blowing us across the desert floor like a couple of tumbleweeds.
RELAXING AFTERNOON IN THE SONORAN DESERT
It seems each day the surrounding hillsides are just a tad greener & we are beginning to see a few isolated flowers blooming here & there. No big color yet.....but it's coming:))
GYPSY http://gypsy97.blogspot.com/ had a comment question about yesterday's blog wondering how many 'Sons of the Pioneers' tunes we had. That peeked my interest so this morning I had me a look at our 1,312 music files & discovered 53 of those were Pioneer songs. 73 are from the 1940's Big Band era. 28 from the 50's, 133 from the 60's, 53 from the 70's, 64 from the 80's, & 42 from the 90's. Ninety one tunes in our Country & Western file. (not including the Pioneers) Kelly has well over a hundred of her favorites in a file as well. The rest of the music library is made up mainly of ambient music. I have a file entitled Al's Favs with 348 instrumental pieces. Some of my favorite artists are, Will Ackerman, Andreas Vollenweider, Michael Hedges, & George Winston, just to name a few.
BROWN EYED EVENING PRIMROSE - ?? - CREOSOTE (click pics to enlarge)
Had an amusing thing happen awhile back when I nearly set myself on fire. Was sitting outside on a bright sunny day looking at one of our big road Atlas's. I find everything so small & hard to read on maps now so I had my big magnifying glass with me. I had the Atlas open looking at a page without the magnifier but was holding it upright in my right hand. Kelly was sitting in the chair beside me reading a book. I thought I detected the smell of smoke so looked out across the desert to the nearest rig figuring they had a campfire going. Couldn't see any smoke anywhere.......except about 3 inches in front of my face. Looked down & my shirt was smoking. Said to Kelly, "hey, look at this!!" The sun shining through the magnifying glass had focused to a hot point on my shirt & was in the process of igniting it. I moved the glass & the threat was over but you can see how accidents can happen. Probably most of us guys can remember frying ants on a sidewalk like that years ago when we were kids. Oh boy, I sure am going to have a lot to answer for some day:((
Blogs can be many things to many people & one of the things I enjoy about writing a daily blog is the fact it is not only a fun hobby but it is also an accurate record of one's activities. I was reminded of that when I decided to have a look back to see exactly where we were & what we were doing one year ago today. Turns out it was the day we did our grueling hike up to the Cochise Stronghold in the Dragoon Mountains of Arizona. Two years ago today was our last boondocking day in the Ajo highlands just off Darby Wells Road west of Ajo, Az. Said good-bye to our London friends Mike & Maureen that morning & drove to HICKIWAN TRAILS RV PARK http://hickiwantrailsrvpark.com/ for our last night in the southwest before beginning our long journey home on Feb 24. And 3 years ago today we had already been home 3 weeks after battling snow storms coming through Michigan with our truck & fifth wheel at the end of January. Kinda fun looking back through old blogs & kinda scary too if your me!!
?? - CREOSOTE BUSH - ??
GROANER'S CORNER:(( Why are husbands like lawn mowers?
They are difficult to get started, emit foul smells,
and don't work half the time.
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