Saturday, February 26, 2011

THE STORM THAT NEVER WAS & TODAY WE MET JEAN & SKIP:))

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The first lite raindrop patters on our roof started about 5:10 a.m. & at first light we could see the heavy overcast clouds sitting on the mountain tops to our north.  The wind had subsided & temps had not gone into the dumpster as we had feared.  Could it be that we dodged a predicted nasty weather bullet for the day.

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IT’S A RAMBLER BUT I DON’T KNOW WHAT YEAR

Dozed off this morning with my finger resting on the K key & woke up a few minutes later with about a hundred million thousand K’s on my screen.  Hate when that happens!!

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BORREGO SPRINGS FRIDAY MORNING FARMER’S MARKET ON CHRISTMAS CIRCLE

Kelly found another email in our Spam folder this morning.  This one from a couple in San Antonio, Texas.  Bothers me to no end thinking people have taken the time to email us & those emails sometimes may have ended up in a Spam or Trash bin without us ever seeing them!!

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Didn’t head out for the Jeep tour this morning thinking it may have been called off because of rain.  That might not stop the hard core Jeep people but these tours are generally older folks who do not want to mess up their Jeeps real bad.  We fall under that category.  I see no point in causing serious & expensive repairs to a vehicle if you don’t have to.  A lot of sensible fun can be had with a Jeep without hanging if off a cliff somewhere, running it high & dry on a pile of jagged rocks or burying it in a sea of swamp mud. 

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Well, the big storm that was to be….never was.  A smattering of raindrops for a few minutes on our morning walk & then it ended.  Doggy guys weren’t into going far this morning so Kelly headed back to the rig with them.  Had both cameras with me so kept on going & ripped right up the side of Coyote Mountain.  Well, maybe ‘ripped’ wasn’t the right word as I slowly made my along the well worn path on what was more of a Senior’s trail than anything else.  A year ago about this time I have some photos of Max up on the trail with me but he’s just not able to make it that far anymore..DSC_0016

Small bunches of wildflowers here & there but the lady at the Nature store told us a few days ago they don’t expect the desert blooms to be spectacular this year.  Lack of rain & freezing temperatures a few weeks ago have put a damper on the flower show this year.  Spent a leisurely couple hours wandering the hillsides of lower Coyote mountain before returning to the Motor Home & jumping into the shower.

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Last summer we received an email from a couple in British Columbia with a few travel & boon docking questions.  They had been reading our blog & were interested in the Southwest.  They left BC in their Motor Home last November 3rd, just three days before the Bayfield Bunch left Ontario.  We have remained in touch with them & followed their travels.  Today we met Jean & Skip at Kendalls Café in Borrego Springs.  Although not boon docked too far away from each other we decided to meet at the restaurant.  Jean & Skip have 3 dogs like us & it’s not always easy to have folks over.  Always a bit of a hassle trying to talk with people & keep a watchful eye on 3 dogs wandering around all in different directions.

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KELLY, JEAN & SKIP LEAVING KENDALL’S CAFE

We all hit if off right away because the 4 of us are much alike with our thinking, lifestyle, thoughts, plans & ideas.  Like us, Jean & Skip are a quiet couple who keep to themselves & when you get 2 quiet couples together it is like a manic Magpies convention.  Jean & Skip are our kind of people & we felt totally comfortable with them.  They are not conventional thinkers & that appealed to us.  We had met for lunch but chatted for so long in the Café we were almost ready to order again from the supper menu.  We will see them again for sure. 

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Weather continued to improve all day with sunny sky’s finally prevailing about mid afternoon.  Warmer days headed our way as well.  The fellow from the 5th wheel parked a few hundred yards from us walked over late afternoon & I recognized him right away from our other stays here at the Clark Dry Lake Bed.  Keith & his wife Marilyn come to Borrego Springs every year from Washington State & we first met them here about 4 years ago.  Nice people.

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Got myself up onto the roof this afternoon & cleaned the solar panels before putting them up.  It was nearly a year ago that I put them down before leaving here to begin our long journey home.  I imagine a month from now we will likely be on the road for home again by this time.  Sure seems like the Season is going by so fast again………

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I SPRAYED THAT RED SPOT ON THE ROOF TO REMIND MYSELF NOT TO STEP THERE BECAUSE IT IS A ‘SOFT SPOT’

GROANER’S CORNER:((  A drunken man gets on the bus late one night, staggers up the aisle, and sits next to an elderly woman. She looks the man up and down and says, 'I've got news for you. You're going straight to hell.' The man jumps up out of his seat and shouts, 'Oh no, I'm on the wrong bus, I wanted to go to Baltimore.'
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14 comments:

  1. You are getting so many visitors out there in the boondocks that you just might have to trade that solar panel in for a big 'Bayfield Bunch' neon sign!!

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  2. Nice shots of the wildflowers. I particularly enjoyed the picture with the flowering bush in the bottom left hand corner and the green bush up and to the right. While my eyes seemed to want to stay with the flowering bush, I also found myself looking up the ridge to the right and then admiring the clouds on the far mountain with all of the great color and detail in between. I think the best complement I can think of is this; “I wish I had taken that picture”. Did you take this with your new D90?

    John
    relaxedrush.blogspot.com

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  3. Looks like you are having fun and meeting people, that is always fun, Maybe you'l run into Karen & Steveo soon, they are such really nice people, we can't wait to see them and their doggers again. Be safe out there, and watch out for low leaping kangeroo's. Sam & Donna.

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  4. Good to know that you have a "soft spot" :-)

    Andrée

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  5. Al

    The sea of yellow flowers are really pretty.
    Kathy Windsor,Ont.

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  6. All those flowers are certainly prettier to look at than the dead man's finger that is coming up here in MS. :)

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  7. Speaking of solar panels Al. Did u get them installed in Ontario? Or did u go to AMSolar, like I have thought of doing when we finally get out that way. How many watts are they and does it recharge yer batteries up when the sun shines.
    So many questions so little time.


    Thanks Al
    cbaull@gmail.com

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  8. Glad you got to meet up with new friends and you really connected with them.... That's a good thing!
    Have fun & travel safe
    Donna

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  9. We got a half inch of rain here but it's over with now. Only 54 today. Isn't it wonderful when you meet a couple that you just love to sit and visit with? That's just a precious gift.

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  10. That farmer's market looks like fun...great photos. So nice that you got to meet up with some new friends. We're going to do that today. I think I may have to visit Borrego Springs someday.

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  11. Looks like you and Kelly have a beautiful spot...Speaking of which, I never knew you could have a soft "spot" on an RV roof...Kinda like a soft spot on a newborns skull, eh?? DO NOT TOUCH!..or...just spray it red...LOL

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  12. the Bayfield Bunch seems to be the biggest must see 'rving family' this season!!..you and Kelly are the 'hosts with the mostest!!'

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  13. In a couple of years, maybe we will find you on our desert travels.

    Still stuck in the sticks and bricks!

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  14. mmmm.... we picked up some yummy smoked fish from the Borrego farmer's market in December!

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