Friday, February 22, 2019

A GREAT FEELING GOOD DAY.....THEN IT FELL APART:((

BORREGO VALLEY'S RECENT RAINS HAVE LEFT SNOW ON THE VALLEY'S SURROUNDING MOUNTAINS
No raindrop sounds on our rig's roof overnight and with a few stars visible I was encouraged to think our cold wet weather front had finally moved on.  Nice to see the San Ysidro mountain tops west of us bathed in sunlight against early morning's blue sky.  Great to feel old Sol's warmth again.  Having moved to a quieter spot Thursday afternoon we are once again back on track:))  Or so we thought:((
HEADING OUT ON OUR MORNING WALK

NO THOSE ARE NOT CLOUDS OVER THE SAN YSIDRO MOUNTAINS....THAT IS SNOW 'ON' THE SAN YSIDRO MOUNTAINS WEST OF BORREGO SPRINGS

COYOTE MOUNTAIN IN THE FOREGROUND WITH THE SNOW LADEN SANTA ROSA MOUNTAINS IN THE BACKGROUND NORTH OF TOWN

SNOW ON THE VALLECITO MOUNTAINS EAST OF BORREGO SPRINGS




 Friday morning in Borrego Springs is the farmer's market at Christmas Circle.  Of course I don't have much interest in the market itself with the big attraction for me being to get my feet moving on all that soft green grass and do the Borrego Shuffle.  It was around 9:30 California time we were there and I was just a shuffling.

ALWAYS LOVE TO SEE ALL THIS GREEN GRASS ON CHRISTMAS CIRCLE IN BORREGO SPRINGS

KELLY HEADS OFF TO CHECK OUT THE MARKET











LOOKING WEST ALONG BORREGO SPRINGS MAIN STREET TOWARDS THE SAN YSIDRO MOUNTAINS

NOT A SINGLE TRAFFIC LIGHT IN THIS PICTURESQUE LITTLE TOWN

THREE PHOTOS TAKEN FROM IN FRONT OF CALICOS COFFEE SHOP SHOWING THE SANTA ROSA MOUNTAINS IN THE BACKGROUND

A drive up to the State Park where luckily we were on a day we didn't have to pay for being there.  Kelly slipped into the beautiful visitor center for a schedule of Park events and a star chart while I walked Pheebs around the parking lot.
ANZA-BORREGO STATE PARK RV CAMPGROUND AT THE BASE OF PALM CANYON CAN BE SEEN IN THE DISTANCE

TELEPHOTO VIEW EAST OF THE VISITOR CENTER SHOWING HOW GREEN THE HILLS ARE BECOMING

LOOKING ACROSS THE BORREGO VALLEY TOWARDS THE MANY ORCHARDS NORTH OF TOWN

THE MIGHTY SNOW CAPPED SANTA ROSA MOUNTAINS TOWER OVER SNOWLESS COYOTE MOUNTAIN

PALM CANYON DEAD AHEAD IS STILL CLOSED DUE TO RECENT FLOODING

TELEPHOTO VIEW OF THE STATE PARK'S RV CAMPGROUND AT THE FOOT OF PALM CANYON

HEY I RECOGNIZE THAT PERSON
From there we took a drive through the Northern end of Borrego Springs where all the beautiful homes are as well as a majestic golf course.  What a beautiful place Borrego is and we both agreed if we was rich folks (which were not) we would center what's left of our lives on spending winters here in Borrego Springs.  No more RVing, we'd simply rent a nice house for a couple months each winter then fly into San Diego, rent a comfortable SUV and drive over to Borrego Springs.  So much to see and do here with not only a bug and humidity free desert climate to enjoy but an alpine climate a half hour's drive away as well.  Maybe keep a smaller RV in storage here as well.  Ah yes, how our dreams and interests change as we age.
BEAUTIFUL GOLF COURSES HERE IN BORREGO SPRINGS




SO MANY FINE HOMES 



 Kelly picked up a sack of grapefruits beside the Saguaro Cactus nursery we saw a couple days ago.  A lot of orange orchards here but trees were bare so we think the oranges must have just been picked.  A lot of grapefruits still on the trees.


ORANGE ORCHARDS

DON'T KNOW WHAT THESE FOLKS ARE PICKING


NOW HERE'S A GUY I HAVE SEEN MANY TIMES BEFORE
Headed over Coyote Canyon way hoping to see some flowers but State Park workers had the road closed where the pavement ends.  A lot of flood damage to some roads in the area from recent heavy rains.  We consider ourselves very fortunate to have driven out there through Coyote Canyon several times before over the years.  One of those times was in March so we saw lots of flowers.  Somewhere in my blog archives I have photos of the desert blooms here.

ROAD CLOSED AHEAD...….KELLY READ TONIGHT COYOTE CANYON ROAD HAS JUST BEEN OPENED TO 4 WHEEL DRIVE VEHICLES AS FAR AS THE 'CACTUS GARDENS'
Our weather today was totally beautiful with clear blue skies and a few puffy white clouds.  Air was a pleasant 60ish and the Sun was warm.  Perfect weather for us guys.  Kelly is Okay with the new spot where we are at the Legion but we did talk about returning to the desert.  The big Clampus gang here right now will probably be gone in a few days returning the Legion to a much quieter State.  For the time being though I think we will just stay put for a few days until we decide.  One big advantage is the fact it is only an 8 minute drive to the library where I have to download my day's photos.  I am still fighting with this miserable Blogger format every day so don't get me started on that!!
CLAMPUS CLUB MEMBERS MEETING EARLIER TODAY
We agreed we will try to stay right here in the Borrego Valley for as long as we can and if we can dig up some extra energy we would like to get out and about like we used to do and get with some of the happenings going on.  And it is mainly the Anza-Borrego Desert Nature Center where many of the areas many activities are organized from.  We've done a couple Jeep tours and I did an early morning photography group outing one time.  I also sat in on a talk at the Nature Center one night given by the world traveling and well known Borrego Springs Astronomer Dennis Mammana.  Many outdoor programs of interest offered through the Nature Center with some being free and some requiring a fee.  You can find the Anza-Borrego Desert Nature Center right across from Jilbertos.  My favorite burger, fries and root beer place:))
BORREGO SPRINGS PREVIOUS LIBRARY WHERE I HAVE PUBLISHED POST'S FROM YEARS AGO
All the above paragraphs I wrote prior to 2 p.m. today.  At 2:30 p.m. our feeling good day suddenly went down the drain when I heard sounds outside our door.  More Clampus Club party goers (week-enders) were crowding in on us.  Voices were loud and tents were going up.  No doubt these are all a great bunch of guys but when you get maybe 200+ guys together, add a generous amount of alcohol to the mix I knew only to well what was coming.  We had no choice but to pack up all our stuff again and exit the area.  When Kelly went in to pay-up ($5 a night including dump) the lady inside said "yes it was going to get very noisy with a live outside band coming in tonight and Saturday night".  When we saw 'port-a-potties' being set up in the middle of the Legion parking lot earlier today we should have known.
LOOKING OUT OUR WINDSHIELD AND NOT ONLY SEEING BUT HEARING THE RUCKUS GOING ON WE HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO GET OURSELVES OUT OF THE LEGION'S PARKING LOT

CAN YOU BELIEVE WE STAYED HERE AND TRIED TO TOUGH OUT THE PEOPLE THING......NEVER EVER AGAIN WILL WE DO THAT!!!!!!!!
 From the Legion we headed back out into the desert via the 'Texas Dip' to a spot we stayed at two winters ago and last winter briefly.  Got into our old spot knowing the Verizon signal would not be the best but even with our Omni directional antennae with us this year we could not find a Verizon signal at all.  No point staying there so off we went back to Borrego Springs this time heading right downtown to the new Library.  Had noticed a little used parking lot southwest of the library a few days ago so we slipped in there with our fingers crossed we could at least stay for the night before deciding tomorrow where to go.  Rock House Road is too crowded, it's a busy week-end in the area so I don't know where we will end up going Saturday.  And our day had been going so well too.  Kelly even mentioned going back to the peace and quiet of the Cibola Wildlife Refuge.
 

TRYING TO FIND A VERIZON SIGNAL AT THE 'TEXAS DIP' SITE.....NO LUCK:((
OUR SPOT FOR THE NIGHT NEAR THE NEW LIBRARY

THAT BROWN BUILDING IS BORREGO SPRINGS NEW LIBRARY

GROANER'S CORNER:(( Some tourists in the Chicago Museum of Natural History are marveling at the dinosaur bones. One of them asks the guard, “Can you tell me how old the dinosaur bones are?”  The guard replies, “They are three million, four years, and six months old.”  “That's an awfully exact number,” says the tourist. “How do you know their age so precisely?”  The guard answers, “Well, the dinosaur bones were three million years old when I started working here, and that was four and a half years ago!” 
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- “Each winter my uncle has his chimney inspected and cleaned. He does this to prepare his home for the 'flue' season!”

- When a knight in armour was killed in battle, what sign did they put on his grave?  Rust in peace!

- What English King invented the fireplace?  Alfred the grate!--------------------
A gang of robbers broke into a lawyer's club by mistake. The old legal lions gave them a fight for their life and their money. The gang was very happy to escape.'It ain't so bad,' one crook noted. 'We got $25 between us.'The boss screamed: 'I warned you to stay clear of lawyers--we had $100 when we broke in!'
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7 comments:

  1. Oh my the legion area is nice but not with all those people after Saturday things should quiet down again, glad we don't mind a few quiet people around we found Peg Leg pretty quite most times and even more so this year, maybe the huge empty area across the road might be ok.

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  2. Wow you just got out in time. What a crew. I hope you find a spot you like. Maybe the refuge area is a good idea. I'm sure you folks will find something, even if it's only for a couple of days and then maybe you can move back to the legion.

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  3. Christmas circle had free wifi last year, used it to make a post from my rental car. You were smart to get away from the legion for the weekend. Does sound like they are having quite a party. Beautiful mountain pictures.

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  4. Love Borrego Springs - thanks for all the lovely pics!

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  5. Uh, that's WAY too many people for our tastes, too! I don't even want to SEE other people when I'm outside. I hope you found a quiet spot.

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  6. Too bad. I had great AT&T signal from your spot atop Texas Dip.

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