DOING A LITTLE OFF ROADING TODAY
The gusting winds had me up at 3 a.m. so I knew I was in for a long day. Borrego Springs is known for it’s winds. Big, gusting, & rip your awning off kinds of winds!! I think some of the worst winds we have encountered in our travels have been right here out on the Clark Dry Lake Bed near Borrego. Two years ago we departed the area early because of the relentless winds.
GRAY SAN YSIDRO MOUNTAINS BEHIND THE BROWN COYOTE HILLS WHERE WE WALK IN THE MORNING…STONE SNAKE IS IN THE AREA TOP RIGHT WHERE THE TWO HILLS FORM A DIP
We heard Friday there were wind warnings out & sure enough they started Friday night about 6:30 & howled on & off most of the night. Flicked the TV on around 4 & was relieved to see we still had a signal. That meant the satellite dish had not been slam dunked. I have it tightly cinched to the ground using THE CLAW. Luckily I set up the dish on the leeward side of the rig a few days ago as well.
<<< WE PICKED A ROCKY TRAIL THIS MORNING
Pheebs & I headed up into the Coyote Hills again this morning but took a steeper rocks & boulder strewn route. Path was hard to find through the rocks & I wandered off it at one point. No problem because I could see it just above me & 4 or 5 big climbing strides would put me up onto it again. My first step up put me flat on my face. The rock I had stepped on was loose & shot out from under my foot. I heard my Nikon D40 & 300mm lens hit the rocks under me & my D90, although still in my hand, dinged the rocks ahead of me. Laid there for a few seconds & decided I was fine but oh dear, what about my cameras. Without getting up I turned my D90 right side up & brought it closer to my face. Looked OK. I then slowly got up fearing the worst for my D40 & big lens lying on the rocks beneath me. Lens hood & barrel were scuffed & dirty. Took a photo with the D90 of the D40 & hat laying on the ground to see if the D90 was still working….it was. I then carefully lifted the D40 up. Everything appeared OK so took a photo of Pheebs & everything worked fine on that camera too.
PHEEBS, OUR LITTLE MOUNTAIN GOAT
This was the second close call for my 300mm lens. This was the same lens I had on my Nikon D50 a year ago when camera & lens fell off a table onto a concrete floor. Camera was toast but the big lens survived. Considering the fact I carry my cameras with me practically every day I figure I’m pretty lucky in only having one camera smashed up in all these years. And, I’m not one to pamper my equipment.
EVEN KNOCKED MY DARN HAT OFF
Figured we would head off on a little Jeep tour this morning so headed east on S22. We had heard of a place called the Pumpkin Patch & we also wanted to have a look at Truckhaven Rocks. Somewhere around mile marker 35 we caught a glimpse of a vehicle about 500 feet off to the right that appeared to be stuck in a sandy wash. Person standing beside it. Took us another mile before we could get turned around & head back. As we turned off the highway into the desert we could see the front end was down on the car & as we drew closer saw that it was 2 young girls totally stuck in the sand.
We all tried digging sand away from behind the Honda Fit’s front tires & laying in a bed of rocks. No go, front wheel just spun. The girls had spun the front wheels in so far the frame was resting on the ground. I was kicking myself for not having a good tow rope in the Jeep because we could have pulled that little Honda straight back & out of it’s dilemma.
THE TOW ROPE GUY HOOKS ONTO HIS BUDDY’S JEEP
Kelly had walked back out to the road to flag down some help. I had seen a group of campers not far away so jumped in the Jeep, picked Kelly up & we were on our way to get some additional help when we noticed two vehicles slowing down. They had seen Kelly by the road & turned around. We got them pulled over & explained the situation & it wasn’t long we all made our way back to the damsels in distress. One fellow had a Jeep & the other fellow had a small pick up truck with a tow rope on board. The Jeep guy positioned himself behind the Honda, the pick up truck guy brought over his tow rope, I hooked one end on to the Honda & they hooked the other end onto the Jeep. In just a matter of seconds the Jeep guy easily pulled the little Honda right out with no problem. Some cheers went up & the happy girls were once again on their way. So nice when a group of strangers can come together & lend a helping hand. It sure made my day seeing the big bright smiles on the young faces:))
A CHEER GOES UP AS THE HONDA IS PULLED FROM THE SAND
THE JEEP GUY GUIDES THE HONDA OWNER BACK A BIT
Not too much farther down the highway we saw Truckhaven road & decided to have ourselves a look. It’s a 4 wheel drive Jeep road & starts off easy enough through the desert but before long it begins a steep rough descent down a narrow rock strewn & rutted trail to a wash below. This was a slow first gear crawl downwards with a sheer drop off on Kelly’s side. Not good. It is always far more difficult for a passenger in these situations than it is for a driver. We did finally make it down OK but it wasn’t long & we were into another rocky section climbing up the other side of the wash. Once on top of the mesa we could see the road heading down another steep rock strewn road into the next wash. Not knowing where this road eventually ended or led to we made the decision to turn around & make our way back to the highway.
ROAD STARTED OFF EASY ENOUGH
WE WERE SOON INTO SOME ROUGH & ROCKY TERRAIN
WE HAD COME DOWN THIS NARROW ROAD SO KNEW WE HAD TO GO BACK UP IT
NO FANCY GUARD RAILS IN THE DESERT
We must find ourselves a good map showing the topography of these roads if we are to venture out again. One does not want to get lost in the many criss crossing canyons, washes, & endlessly wandering Jeep roads. Afterall, these are the Borrego Badlands & not for the faint of heart
BORREGO SPRINGS LIES JUST OVER THERE AT THE BASE OF THE SAN YSIDRO MOUNTAINS
Once back on the highway we did slip off onto another Jeep road again somewhere in the vicinity of the Calcite Mine but once again not knowing exactly where the mine was we had to eventually turn around & head back up onto the highway again. We were back to the rig before noon.
SOMEWHERE IN SOUTH PALM WASH
YEP, I THINK THAT’S ABOUT THE END OF THE LINE FOR TODAY
Spent the rest of the afternoon gathering together info off the Internet on how to find some of the things we couldn’t find today. Yes, we do have a Delorme PN-40 Earthmate GPS but we’ve never figured out to use it & have lost interest. In fact we’re contemplating selling it. Excellent condition & never really been used. We understand iPads have a GPS program & we would sooner go that route. If we sell the Delorme we’ll put that money towards an iPad.
Well, I really got things messed up about that Skydiving event in yesterday’s blog. Kelly had first gone into the terminal & talked to the dispatcher guy about the jumpers. She then gave me her interpretation of what he said & I of course processed that in my mind with my own interpretations of what Kelly said & added a few of my own assumptions & of course got the whole story wrong. Friend & long time blog reader Pat over near Sierra Vista straightened me out this morning with the following comment. “The Skyvan won't be going to Canada with the jumpers, it's from the Perris Valley jump school (SkyDive Perris) just north of A-B near Riverside.” Thanks Pat:)) Now, here’s where I really got it screwed up in the translations…… I said “A very friendly & helpful dispatcher guy told us a crack Canadian Skydiving team was here to train some American military personnel in the finer arts of leaping out of a perfectly good aircraft.” Well, the only thing I got accurate about that was the bit about the friendly dispatcher guy being friendly. No crack Canadian Skydiving team was here to train American military personnel. It was Canadian military people here to attend & train at the Perris Valley jump school over near Riverside California somewhere…... Oh boy, hope I got it right this time!! Getting facts screwed up so bad makes me think I should be writing for the National Enquirer……………..
GROANER’S CORNER:(( There was this lady who was visiting a church one Sunday. The sermon seemed to go on forever, and many in the congregation fell asleep. After the service, to be social, she walked up to a very sleepy looking gentleman, extended her hand in greeting, and said, "Hello, I'm Gladys Dunn." And the gentleman replied, "You're not the only one ma'am, I'm glad it's done too!!"
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