Thursday, February 21, 2019

RAIN, SUN, WIND, RAINBOOWS, MORE RAIN....AND WE MOVED AGAIN


ONE OF SEVERAL RAINBOWS TODAY
 Sporadic rain squalls came early Wednesday evening and brought occasional wind gusts with them all through the night.  Stepping out with Pheebs around 5 a.m. California time I was encouraged by overhead stars and a not quite full Moon.  Minutes later it was pouring rain again and that pretty much sums up our weather wracked Thursday.

AIR STREAM TRAILER GROUP

A FEW MORE PHOTOS FROM WEDNESDAY



ONE OF TWO FRUIT STANDS



KELLY'S IN THIS SECOND FRUIT STAND GRABBING A SACK OF BIG ORANGES

A TOUCH OF SNOW ON THE MOUNTAIN TOP


CLOUD SHADOWS DRIFTING LAZILY ACROSS THE MOUNTAIN SIDES
Not wanting to be stuck in the rig all day Pheebs and I were out the door about 9.  With more RV's moving in around us we went looking for a boondocking spot checking out  both sides of the 'Texas Dip' where we had camped before.  With all this rain I wasn't too keen on venturing out into the sandy desert with the Motorhome though.
WE REALLY LIKED THIS BOONDOCK SITE A COUPLE WINTERS AGO


THIS IS WHERE WE HAD THE MOTORHOME PARKED BUT THE VERIZON SIGNAL WAS POOR

SPOTTED A FAINT RAINBOW


LOOKING EAST ALONG THE TEXAS DIP THIS MORNING


THIS PRETTY WELL SUMS UP TODAY'S WEATHER 

Back into town with windshield wipers flapping we stopped at Calicos for a coffee and muffin to go.  Had to hand the wrapped muffin back when I realized I only had enough money on me for a coffee.  Took us for a drive around the south end of Borrego Springs taking a few photos along the church road.  And then we saw a rainbow.
HEADING INTO BORREGO SPRINGS FOR A COFFEE

OUTSIDE CALICOS 

AT THE GAS STATION

MY FIRST CAMPER VAN LOOKED LIKE THIS BUT ONLY ORANGE



THAT'S DOWNTOWN BORREGO SPRINGS OVER THERE
BORREGO SPRINGS NEW LIBRARY
I FORGOT THE NAMES OF THESE CHURCHES






I AND MY CAMERA SURE GOT WET TAKING THESE RAINBOW PHOTOS





Heading out of town we took another familiar desert road checking a few more RV spots and it was out here off the beaten path in the wind and rain we were suddenly attacked by a herd of ferocious Dinosaurs.  It was a narrow escape for us and at one point we had to hastily exit the Jeep and make a run for it hiding behind a small cactus low to the ground.
JEEPING THROUGH RAINY DESERT I SPOTTED SOMETHING LARGE MOVING UP AHEAD ON THE LEFT

SAW MOVEMENT BEHIND THAT OCOTILLO 

'YIIIIIIIKES'!!!!!!

OH GEEEEEZZZZ WE'RE IN BIG TROUBLE NOW

WE BETTER MAKE A RUN FOR IT PHEEBS


OH CRAP THERE'S TWO MORE


OH-NO THERE GOES THE JEEP!!

WATCH OUT FOR THOSE SHARP CLAWS PHEEBS

WHEWWWWW CLOSE CALL

HURRY, WE'LL HIDE BEHIND THIS CACTUS UNTIL THEY'RE GONE

LET'S MAKE A BREAK FOR THE JEEP DAD WHILE HE'S LOOKING THE OTHER WAY

RUN PHEEBS RUN I THINK HE'S SPOTTED US
OKAY DAD PEDAL TO THE METAL LET'S GET OUT OF HERE
Back into the Jeep again we were able to finally put some distance between us guys and those fearsome Dinos.  Quick as we could we made our way back to the highway and our rig at the Legion not far away.  With all the running Pheebs and I had to do we had worked up quite an appetite so Kelly whipped up some scrambled eggs.  Following that she decided to take the Jeep and head into Borrego to check out a few of her favorite places.


WE REALLY LIKED OUR SPOT, BUT...…...
No sooner had she left when two more RV's rolled in pulling up right close to our passenger side's rear.  I could hear the fella's shouting greetings to the guys in front of us so I knew all these campers coming in were obviously part of a large group and were going to be here awhile.  Our situation was not going to get any better, it was only going to get worse so without further adieu I had no choice but to pack things up and move the Motorhome out of the spot we were in.  Took a bit of wiggling and one guy had to move his truck but I managed to squeak our 37 foot Motorhome out.  About 30 yards away was the Legion's dump station and that's where I headed.  Tanks were needing to be dumped anyway so that's what I did.  Filled the fresh water tank as well.  Got talking to one of the fellas from the group and he told me they were members of the all male E Clampus Vitus club and were here to work on a few monuments in the area plus have themselves a big social gathering.  And a big social gathering they were having alright and unfortunately for us we had found ourselves right in the middle of it.
 
WHEN WE CAME HERE A COUPLE DAYS THEE WERE ONLY 3 RV'S IN THE WHOLE PARKING LOT......NOT ANY MORE

THE GUYS JUST KEPT ROLLING IN




Finishing up with the tanks I parked the rig at a different spot near a Tamarisk tree, put the slides out again and waited for Kelly to return, if she could find us.  Of course our big Canadian flag decals stick right out and she saw where I had moved to right away.  Lucky for me the spot I picked was suitable and upon her return she didn't make me move the rig somewhere else.
OUR (HO-HUM) NEW SPOT


WE MOVED FROM OVER THERE TO THE LEFT SOMEWHERE

Through pouring rain late this afternoon with temps hoovering around 45F I headed for Borrego's new library to take advantage of their speedy internet to finish putting my post together.  A warming trend is forecasted to begin Friday with a week from today predicted to be a sunny hot 81 degrees.  Too hot for us of course so we may have to head for loftier elevations as the higher temperatures of a southern California Spring begin to settle into the area. 
HEADING INTO THE LIBRARY WITH MY COLORFUL LITTLE COMPUTER BAG

I LIKE TO KEEP MY HAT ON TO PROTECT MY EYES FROM THE OVERHEAD NEON LIGHTS WHICH REALLY BOTHER MY EYES


GROANER'S CORNER:((   Mahatma Gandhi often walked barefoot which produced an impressive set of callouses on his feet. He also ate very little, making him rather frail and with his odd diet he often suffered from bad breath. This made him a super calloused fragile mystic hexed with halitosis.
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13 comments:

  1. Wonderful post !
    Loved all your pictures. So much to see, feel like I’ve been there.
    Was just in La Quinta for week and more but didn’t make it
    further south.
    Thank you for your time and effort in sharing your adventures
    with us.

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  2. I loved the Dinosaur story and pictures tonight!!Kept me on the edge of my seat!

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  3. Enjoyed how you brought the Dinosaurs to life, more fun than seeing them in person. I suspect your Sunny Days post brought you the rain. That desert is going to be so colorful with all the recent rain. We had better timing last year and were there after the plants all bloomed. Thanks for the great post.

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  4. Those are some of the best, most creative photos I have seen of the Anza Borrego dinosaurs. Such fun. Sure does look like the weather gods have been much too busy out that way, but I guess that is the case everywhere. I can't believe all those rigs all mashed in with each other. Whew. No wonder you had to move. At least in a state park here in Florida, there is a requisite distance between us and them, and so far it has been OK. People here are very quiet and respectful. Not a bad place to be at 87 degrees, but we do have electric so can run the fans and yesterday we even had to turn on the air for a bit in the late afternoon. Sure glad we chose this winter to come east instead of hanging around in Arizona. It is always a crap shoot, isn't it!

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  5. Glad you survived the dinosaur attack they are pretty impressive and scary.
    Gotta love this fresh oranges glad we got some too.
    Nice that you could wiggle out of that crowds and find a little more room on the other side.

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  6. Delightful post. You did a fabulous job with the dinosaur pics and story. Best ever.

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  7. Great Dinosaur pics and story!!!
    Box Canyon

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  8. Amazingly creative photography and story line with the dinosaurs. You sure used the foggy weather to its best advantage to create an otherworldly landscape.! These photos would have been cute with blue skies - but they became spectacular in the fog and drizzle. Al, you may have outdone yourself here. Thank you for sharing your gifts. 😳🌷🐦

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  9. Close call with the dinos, glad you and Pheebes made it out in one piece. I enjoyed your adventure.
    I've found that folks that know each other seem to crowd around and if you're in the way they just push against you too. Maybe it's just my imagination but I feel uncomfortable in those situations and like you, I can't get out fast enough.
    I'm sure Kelly was happy to just get out of the crowd and wasn't too worried about where you parked. Now you're set to take off with the wheels spinning and the dirt flying!!

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  10. Awesome story. The SW sure has had its share of weather this year. The desert will be beautiful.

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  11. Wonderful post...and the photos!!!! Beautiful.

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  12. Enjoyed all the beautiful photos. Sure is crowded at the Legion. Looks like it's going to be a green Spring this year.

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  13. I sometimes hop over to you from Stew's blog at Seasons in the Valley. Moving when more than one other camper arrives, that is so like my man. We were on our way home ( this is in New Zealand ) from a funeral, found a very quiet spot by a river. Got set up, then as one other caravan had arrived, told him we would have a generator going later on. Oh, the man replied, that noise won't bother us at all, there is a motor home rally here this weekend, another 30 are arriving!!! Hugh thought about moving, but the next place would be a further almost 2 hours north.We stayed. I joined in the 4 p.m. Happy Hour, entered their raffle and won a bag of walnuts. Love your stories and photos so much.And your friendship with Stew, mine is on our blogs and by email.

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