Wednesday, November 20, 2013

BACK TO ONE OF OUR ALL TIME FAVORITE PLACES…BORREGO SPRINGS CALIFORNIA:))

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HELLO BORREGO SPRINGS:))

Had been hoping for a full sunny day to test out our solar charging rate but we had a partial cloud cover.   No problem though & our charge rate was right up there with a 14.1 number.  That is good….but this was bad.  I left the ignition key on ‘Accessory’ all night & forgot to turn off some electronic stuff we had plugged into the cigarette lighter.  Winnie’s battery was stone dead this morning.  Luckily in this rig we have something called ‘Battery Boost’.  Turn the ignition, hold the battery boost button in & the rig’s coach batteries will start the engine.  While I was stomping around in my PJ’s getting ready to go outside & move the Jeep closer to jump start the rig Kelly remembered the boost feature & calmly started the rig using the 'battery boost button.  Some days I’m lucky if I remember to put my corn flakes in the hollow part of the bowl………………

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CHRIS LIVES IN A BIG GRAYHOUND BUS & LOOKS AFTER THE COLORFUL SCHOOL BUS ON THE RIGHT FOR A LADY (BARB) WHO LIVES ON SALT SPRING ISLAND BRITISH COLUMBIA

Nice walk through a large desert wash first thing this morning.  Chris had told us there is a Naval Seal training area just north of the Slabs & this morning we could hear a lot of automatic gunfire coming from that direction.

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I KNOW THERE IS A NAME FOR THESE STONE CIRCLES BUT CAN’T THINK OF IT

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IN MONSOON SEASON THERE IS A RAGING TORRENT OF WATER GOING THROUGH HERE

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KELLY CHECKS OUT AN OLD TV IN THE WASH IT’S TIME TO ROLL OUT

Solar Mike had determined Tuesday that our 12 volt cigarette type plug in the bathroom that we could never get to work was wired backwards.  He said to stop in this morning & he would fix that for us.  Only took him a minute to pop the outlet & reverse the wires.  Just one of those things a worker at Winnebago got wrong I guess.  We said good-bye to Mike & Chris while Pheebs said so-long to Granny.  Say what you will about the Slabs but Mike has always done us right.  A gentle soul with a soft personality who always has time for people.  He knows his Solar business & we have always trusted his word & wisdom.  Thanks for another job well done Mike & our solar power is working just fine over here in Borrego Springs:))

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MIKE FIXES OUR 12 VOLT PLUG IN THE BEDROOM

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HOPE THESE PHOTOS WILL ANSWER SOME OF THE QUESTIONS READERS HAD ABOUT OUR SOLAR INSTALLATION

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SAYING GOODBYE TO SOLAR MIKE THIS MORNING

Always a little sad whenever I leave somewhere because I never know if & when we will ever be back again.  And so it was as we rolled out of the Slabs this morning at 9:53.  With the Jeep tethered to the Winnie Wagon we bounced the lightly rough road to Niland, made a left turn & headed south.   Destination:  Borrego Springs.

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LOT OF AGRICULTURE GOING ON IN THE AREA AROUND CALIFORNIA’S SALTON SEA

First time using the Brawley by-pass & we were surprised the time it saved from not having to go through downtown Brawley.  We were at the big Arco station in Salton City in no time.  The location of this Arco at the junction of highways 86 & S22 is like an Oasis in the desert.  Fuel, water, dump station, eats, propane, etc.  Only thing we needed this morning was water so we topped off our fresh water tank & headed west on S22 for Borrego Springs about 25 miles away.

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TOPPING UP OUR FRESH WATER TANK AT THE BIG ARCO STATION

We all have our favorite places we like.  Favorite drives, hiking areas, boondocking spots, etc.  The drive on S22 after we enter the ANZA-BORREGO DESERT STATE PARK is one of my all time good feeling drives.  Big mountains, deep canyon, badlands & a gently curving road.  There is a point where one begins descending into the huge Borrego Valley ahead & this is one of my all time favorite spots.  Coyote Mountain dead ahead with Borrego Springs just on the other side.  I always have a good feeling come over me when I’m coming down this stretch of road.  Kind of like coming home.   The valley opens up as the huge Clark Dry Lake bed comes into view off to the right.  We always start looking for little white dots in the desert at this point.  RV’s scattered about.  Quickly realized we had picked a good time to be here.  Not a lot of rigs in November yet.  Other years we have always come here in late December, January, February, or March.  Those are busy Snowbird months.  Made a quick mental note for the future.  Come to Borrego Springs in late November or early December before the other Snow Birds all come fluttering in.

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BADLANDS ON THE LEFT & THE AREA WE WILL BE DOING A JEEP TOUR THROUGH FRIDAY

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COYOTE MOUNTAIN DEAD AHEAD

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CLARK DRY LAKE BED CAN BE SEEN AT THE EXTREME RIGHT

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THAT DRY LAKE BED HAS A MILITARY HISTORY WITH THE U.S. AIR FORCE

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A FEW RIGS SCATTERED ABOUT & WE ARE HEADING FOR THE AREA WHERE THE BROWN COYOTE MOUNTAIN SLOPES DOWN TO MEET THE DESERT FLOOR

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PEG LEG SMITH’S IS A POPULAR CANADIAN BOONDOCKING SPOT JUST AROUND THE CORNER FROM ROCKHOUSE ROAD WHERE WE GO

When all is said & done someday I will look back to Borrego Springs & the surrounding Anza Borrego area as one of my all time favorite places to go.  We have created many a pleasant memory here over the past 7 Snow Birding seasons & it is one of the those rare places I feel very much at home.  It is a land of mystery, big winds, & history.  It is also a place with many things to do if one wants to get off their Keister & do them.  Between the DESERT NATURE CENTER & the Anza-Borrego State Park they have a never ending stream of activities going on.   Astronomy & Photography are just 2 of my favorites.  Star Parties, Off road Jeep tours, Birding hikes, & countless organized theme activities.   In fact there is a beginners Bird Walk at 8 Thursday morning which I might go to.  Jeep tour this Friday & an astronomy group explaining the benefits of binoculars for viewing the night sky.  All interests right up my alley.  For anyone out there with a keen interest for learning things, Borrego Springs has enough to offer in keeping you busy while you’re here.  If interested you can see many of the things we have done here in Borrego simply by typing Borrego Springs into our ‘Search Bar’ at the top of my right hand column…….Should add that many of these programs are free with some costing little & some costing substantially more.  We just stick with the free ones.  

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THE TOWN OF BORREGO SPRINGS LIES A COUPLE MILES AHEAD AT THE END OF THIS ROAD NESTLED UP AGAINST THOSE BIG SAN YSIDRO MOUNTAINS

Normally we would slow down & make a right hand turn onto Rockhouse Rd & right away look ourselves up a good boondocking spot.  I always like to get as close to the hiking trails on Coyote Mountain as we can.  But today we had a more immediate destination.  One which Kelly suggested & I wholeheartedly agreed with.  We were just going to head right straight into Borrego Springs, rig & all.  Our destination was Jilbertos:))DSC_0066

KELLY HEADS FOR BORREGO SPRING’S CHRISTMAS CIRCLE

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JUST LOVE ALL THIS GREEN GRASS & JILBERTOS IS DEAD AHEAD UP MAIN STREET

We know our way around Borrego Springs well so no problem finding a place to park the rig.  We were out the door walking across the soft green green grass of Christmas Circle in no time.  What a big treat it is for us each year to walk on this thick carpet of green.  Had just been watered & I inhaled that great scent of freshly watered green grass.  Stopped at the Nature Center across from Jilbertos first to pick up a brochure of upcoming events.  We quickly signed up for a Friday morning Jeep trip in the Badlands.  More about that later. 

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QUICK STOP AT THE DESERT NATURE STORE TO PICK UP SOME ACTIVITY PROGRAMS

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A QUICK DASH ACROSS THE STREET & RIGHT INTO JILBERTOS

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AND HERE COMES THE YUMMIES

I figure this is our 7th trip to Borrego Springs since December of 07.  There is a little Mexican restaurant near Christmas Circle called Jilbertos & we have got ourselves into the custom of stopping there every time we come here.  Nothing fancy & that’s part of the reason I like it.  Kelly likes her Mexican whatever stuff & I always enjoy my hamburger & fries.  Just one of my favorite little places.  I was thinking of the late Doug Dubrouillet when we were eating.  I think Doug liked his Fish Tacos there:))

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NOTICED THIS WELL DONE LANDSCAPING BUSINESS BETWEEN CHRISTMAS CIRCLE & JILBERTOS

From Jilbertos it was back to the rig to take Pheebs for a walk on the grass at Christmas Circle.  She loves grass as much as we do.  And she has always loved eating grass wherever she goes.

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PHEEBS LOVES HER GRASS…..& WE DO TOO

About half way back to the Clark Dry Lake Beds we were suddenly buffeted by heavy wind gusts & blowing dust.  Just Borrego Springs way of saying, ‘Welcome back Bayfield Bunch’ we missed ya.

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Rockhouse Road quickly led us to our favorite area & oh happy days…..nobody around.  There were about a dozen rigs in the area about a mile or so east of us & that was plenty close enough.  Saw one through my binoculars flying a Canadian flag.  Had the binoculars out to see if I could spot Wandering Willy somewhere.  Last reported sighting a week or so ago of that wandering Willy fella was the the old radio tower not too far from us near the highway.  Looks like he has moved on.   The high temperatures a week ago may have driven him higher to cooler ground.  We are only a few yards from the spot we were a couple years ago here.  No TV channels but we do have Verizon coverage.  And here’s another reason I love this site, we can see the lights of Borrego Springs at night.   We’re thinking we just might hang out here in Borrego longer than we had anticipated.  Besides I have to do my annual Ghost Mountain climb again too.  My personal fav:)))))))))))))))

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FOUND US A NICE QUIET SECLUDED SPOT WELL AWAY FROM THE OTHER RV FOLKS

As I type this tonight we are being rocked to & fro by Borrego’s big winds rolling over the San Bernardino mountains & whipping up through it’s narrowly wide canyons.  Aw yes Borrego……you really did miss us after all.  And no, you are not chasing us home this time like ya did last time:))  And may I just say how absolutely super swell it is being back to our solar boondocking ways again.  No long running noisy generators anymore.  We once again feel tree to independently go wherever it is we wish to go……quietly.

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GROANER’S CORNER:((  You Know Your In California When:

-The fastest part of your commute is down your driveway.

-The primary bugs that you worry about are electronic.

-Left is right and right is wrong.

-Your monthly house payments exceed your annual income.

-Your cat has it's own psychiatrist.

-You don't exterminate your roaches, you smoke them.

-You see 25 lawyers chasing an ambulance.

-More than clothes come out of the closets.

-More money is spent on facelifts than on diapers.

-Your children learn to walk in Birkenstocks.

You consult your horoscope before planning your day.

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- Tourists see the world, travelers experience it.
- Home is where your pet is:))
- "If having a soul means being able to feel
love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals
are better off than a lot of humans."
(James Herriot)
- The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails -William Arthur Ward
- The only thing better than right now will someday be the memories of right now...AL.
- It is not so much having nothing to do as it is not having the interest to do something....AL.

15 comments:

  1. Glad you are back to a place you so obviously love. It looks great to me except for the high winds.

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  2. It looks great, we will be there next week.

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  3. We just love that area too, maybe get back there again this winter sometime.
    Sure is nice to have that solar power again, we love ours too.

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  4. WOW, that was a quick and slick solar installation..... Looks great!! My motorhome has one of those "boosts" too and it has come in handy a time or two....

    I need to go see Solar Mike sometime myself. The owner of my rig seems to have "kept" the solar panel's and I now have "none'! My rig before this had "8" panels and "8" sealed batteries.

    No green grass around here as you know. Nice to see it again!!

    Enjoy your trip!!

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  5. Glad you made it back,I left Monday morning for Yuma,filled my water tank at the same tap at the Arco.the dump station was empty as usual ....what a great spot.
    Shouldn't have filled my tank as it sprung a leak on the bottom and went un- noticed until the next morning........lost 30 gallons.......fixed now.......I hope.

    Did you get the spot near the oven?...it was open when I arrived but looked a little well used so went over by the tower.
    Enjoy your stay.

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  6. We love Borrego Springs! I am so excited to follow your time there. Can't wait for the Jeep trip!

    Could your rock wheel be a Medicine Wheel?

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  7. What a great place for your vacation from your vacation so to speak! I think this is going to be one of your best winters yeat.

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  8. That stone circle is a labyrinth said to be symbolic of the journey to the center of yourself. It is an aid for learning about the spiritual path and most appropriately found at the Slabs.

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  9. the 'bayfield bunch' has returned!! I can read between the lines and see the 'skip in your step'!!

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  10. Al, I can sense your excitement at being back in Borrego through your written words. Enjoy! Bob

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  11. Yup! You are in your favorite place.

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  12. The solar installation looks fabulous! And happy to see you back in one of your fav spots. We'll probably be heading that way ourselves in December.

    Nina

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  13. Sounds like a very good solar install. Looks and sounds like a great camp, added to our must do list.
    Looking forward to hearing about your adventures there.

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  14. We also love the Anza-Borrego desert area. Thanx for your good tips in this post... as in Jilberto's! Hopefully we'll be there this winter.

    Corn flakes in the hollow part of the bowl... hahahaha, good one! We suffer from the same disease!

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  15. The "well done landscaping" is one small piece of a huge art installation that's distributed all around Borrego Springs - worth a look, I think: http://www.galletameadows.com/

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