ACTIVITY CENTER AT THE ‘SPRINGS OF BORREGO’
Anyone who has boon docked at the Clark Dry Lake Bed near Borrego Springs knows about…..the wind!!!! We actually left early last March because of it & last night the wind was back to remind us just who was the big Boss around this place!! We rock & rolled all night with all the usual flapping slide awning sounds. Surprised to see our satellite dish still up this morning but my unsightly jury rigged ropes seem to have done the job. Nice fiery sunrise straight out our windshield to start the day:))
DESERT FLOWERS ARE COMING INTO BLOOM
Today we welcome new blog Follower, Molly Pinner. Thanks for climbing aboard Molly, hope you like dogs…….:))
We Canadians often have concerns & worries about our border crossing entering the States every fall. Never hear too much about the American folks & their concerns when entering Canada though. Donna has some thoughts about that as well as some ‘do’s & don’ts at the border. You can read her post at, OUR ADVENTURES WITH TASSIE. And, excitement is building over at ON THE ROAD TO RETIREMENT as the final few days are counted down to ‘hitting the road’ for these folks. Sticks & Bricks is about empty & the Rig is about full & ready to roll:)) In another blog I am reminded of winter’s gone by & how we have a tendency to complain about the weather. Jenny remembers back to the days as a child when there was no electricity, no running water & no indoor plumbing. I recall some of these same things as well. Check out Jenny’s post on what it was like on a cold winter’s night with no central heating & sharing a cold bedroom with 5 Siblings. HUNKERED DOWN & REMINISCING.
The Desert Nature Center on Borrego’s main street puts out a publication called, The Sand Paper in which it lists all it’s upcoming events & interests for people. Hiking, Jeeping, desert flower tours, bird trips, field trips of the area & Astronomy are but a few of the many, many, interests offered. The visitor’s center at the Anza-Borrego State Park in town also offers a weekly series of events & happenings as well. This is but one of the many reasons I like Borrego Springs. So much to see, do & learn. And, the majority of these programs are free. A person can be on the go almost daily if so inclined. We have done a couple Jeep tours through PALO VERDE & GRAPEVINE CANYON & I have enjoyed 2 Astronomy seminars, an EARLY MORNING PHOTO CLASS, a GUIDED HIKE UP GHOST MOUNTAIN & an informative talk & static demonstration by Anza Borrego’s only flying pilot who in a blog last year I referred to as, MIGHTY MOUSE. Mighty Mouse’s gender might surprise you. If you have an adventurous & inquisitive mind plus the time & interest in nature then Borrego Springs California is for you.
OUR CLOSEST NEIGHBOR IS BEHIND US.
WE SOMETIMES HAVE TO CARRY THE MOTORMOUSE BECAUSE SHE DOESN’T LIKE ROUGHER GROUND
Consensus from commenters & emailers seems to be the problem with our slide may very well be centered with the slide switch. I will follow the suggestions sent in starting with unscrewing the panel & give it a good blast with compressed air in there around the switch itself. As readers have suggested we’ll have a good look at the wiring on that switch as well.
HEADING INTO BORREGO SPRINGS LOCATED AT THE FOOT OF THE SAN YSIDRO MOUNTAINS IN THAT LINE OF TREES
OUR TRADITIONAL JILBERTOS STOP
Despite saying we were going to relax for a couple days it didn’t take us long to end up at the Farmer’s Market on Christmas Circle this morning. Quick stop at the grocery store & then it was off to Jilbertos for my yearly burg & fries. Great as ever I may add. Borrego Springs looks exactly the same as we left it last March except we noticed they must have got that hard freeze awhile back because we can see the frostbite damage to some of the trees & shrubs. Kelly wanted to stop in at THE SPRINGS OF BORREGO to check out the book exchange. Took some pics as we drove in & around the beautiful palm tree lined onsite golf course. Sure is a nice looking place & it was here we had another one of our amazing coincidental blog reader encounters.
A FEW PHOTOS AS WE DROVE THROUGH ‘SPRINGS OF BORREGO’ TODAY
Just as we parked the Jeep outside the Activities area building a fellow walking by glanced at the Jeep’s windshield where we have a ‘Bayfield Bunch’ sticker. He hesitated, turned around & as Kelly climbed out of the Jeep he asked, “are you really the Bayfield Bunch?” Kelly assured him we were & he said, “well, it’s because of your blog that my wife & I now come to Borrego Springs.” Apparently while they were over on the other side of the Salton Sea a few years or so ago his wife accidentally stumbled across our blog after Googling some RV sites. She began following our blog & became interested in our enthusiasm for Borrego Springs & decided to come over for a look see. Like us, they fell in love with the little town & have been returning here ever since. His name was Chris Church & he said they were staying in the RV Park there for a few days. He told us his site number & said his wife Sheryl would love to meet us. Minutes later we were sitting in Chris & Sheryl’s beautiful Allegro Bay Bus chatting about the coincidence of meeting, reasons for coming to Borrego Springs, travels & other wild stories. RV folks do that you know:)) Chris phoned another couple to come over & meet us as well so it turned into quite an unexpected 30 minutes of socializing for the elusive Bayfield Bunch. Always great to meet nice people though:))
SPOTTED THIS 1967 MOTOR TYPE HOME ON BORREGO’S MAIN STREET
We were back to the rig shortly after 1 p.m. & spent a relaxing afternoon inside. Nice sunny day but the wind gusts buffeting the rig felt cool. We were both tired from Thursday’s all night rock & rolling in the wind. I see this ‘being tired a lot’ as another down side to this not so nice aging thing!!
There is a Jeep tour in the morning heading out for South Palm Wash but with a limit of only 7 Jeeps we have missed the registration cut. Lady said come anyway because if the predicted bad weather shows up some folks won’t go anyway. We’ll see how things shape up in the morning. Another Jeep tour went out today over to Ocotillo Wells but we were to late to register for that one as well. I remember the the last couple years no registration was required. Folks just met Saturday morning at Christmas Circle & with a leader, headed off out into the desert to predetermined spots. We are not normally group people but the advantage of the Jeep group for us is the driving experience & knowledge of seasoned Jeepers. The 2 previous Jeep tours we have been on here have been very informative in learning the history & geography of the area.
A check of the weather tonight tells us we have a 90% chance of rain in the morning & it’s probably going to be a lot colder over the next couple days. After that it’s back to warmer weather. In the meantime it looks like an inside day for us tomorrow.
GROANER’S CORNER:(( Gallagher is in Boston and he is waiting patiently, also, he is watching the traffic cop on a busy street crossing.
The cop stops the flow of traffic and shouts, 'Okay pedestrians'. Then he allows the traffic to pass. He did this several times, and Gallagher is still standing on the sidewalk.
After the cop has shouted 'Pedestrians' for the tenth time, Gallagher approaches him and says, 'Is it not about time ye let the Catholics across?'
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