HAPPY HOLIDAYS! See you in 2014!
Monday, December 16, 2013
We left the Borrego Palm Canyon Campground this morning, and are en route to Northern California for some Holiday Family time. Currently we are in a parking lot at an off ramp along I-5...
|Sunrise Screen Shot through the back door screen of the Chinook|
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Friday, December 13, 2013
We're boondocking here at Coyote Mountain again; we'll be here a couple of days. Then, a couple of days at the Palm Canyon Campground of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, to hook up, clean out the RV, and take showers. We're not up to much here, just enjoying the sunshine and the beautiful mountains. Light blogging for the next few days.
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
On the way back to Ocatillo Wells SVRA, we stopped to hike a bit on the Narrows Earth Trail in Anza-Borrego State Park. The trail was a bit hard to follow (some parts washed away), but it was an interesting climb up through mountain clefts.
|View from the highest point we attained on Narrows Earth Trail|
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Well, it was just too cold and windy and uncomfortable at the American Girl Mine site, so we hit the road again. We ended up at the Ocatillo Wells State Vehicular Recreational Area (that's where off-road vehicles go to play), on our way back towards Borrego Springs. On the way here, we passed through Imperial Sand Dunes SRA (State Recreation Area) - another place for ATV's, motorcycles, and dune buggies to enjoy. Driving through the sand dunes is like being on another planet - it's beautiful and eery at the same time:
Monday, December 9, 2013
Well, we're back in California, and now we have to change all the clocks back an hour! So it's dark at 5:30 now. We pulled into our new boondocking site just before night fell. On the way through Yuma we stopped for all the tedious tasks: laundry, gas, dump tanks, oil change, etc., but I did also buy some yarn, and we got some dates from the little town of Dateland - they're delicious. Just over the border of Arizona, into California, we're at an area called Winterhaven (which I understand encompasses a rather large area, popular for boondocking, both within Arizona and into CA.). We plan to stay a few days here, to explore the American Girl Mine. The wind is relentless, and it's cold - unseasonable cold, we're told by locals. But we're cozy and warm, and enjoying the sound of the wind against the Chinook.
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Friday, December 6, 2013
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
We hiked out from our boondocking site, just following the BLM road for a bit, and discovered a small desert cemetery, still active.
And then I sort of got obsessed with mistletoe growing on Palo Verde
|At the gate of Darby Wells Cemetery|
|From just behind the hilltop altar|
|Same altar, different direction|
|An interesting grave on the outskirts of the cemetery|
|A very pretty parasite|
|with very red berries|
|This specimen had lighter foliage and lighter-colored berries|
|Still pretty, for a parasite, anyway!|
|A huge overtaking of the host tree|
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
With a chance of rain moving in, and basically no internet connection, we've moved on. We'll definitely return to Darby Wells in the future - there are many mountains left to explore. We're now boondocking on BLM land near the Painted Rocks Petroglyph Site - it's warmer here, we've got a lovely site, and we have 4G internet! We arrived late in the afternoon; the shadows stretched for what seemed like miles, and the sun set down on a flat, brightly orange horizon.
Monday, December 2, 2013
Saturday, November 30, 2013
The Alamo Canyon Trail begins at the other campground here at Organ Pipe, so we had to drive to the trailhead. The trail is an easy (though rocky under the feet) 2-mile round trip to an abandoned brick structure, a corral/cattle chute/stone well, and mortar grinding stones. We were pleasantly surprised to see a creek, flowers, butterflies, and interesting insects. It was cloudy here today, so the photos are somewhat understated, but I'll let them tell the story of our hike:
This yellow flowering shrub attracted an interesting green bee, and a somewhat tattered (chunk out of its wing, missing most of one antenna) butterfly. He posed very nicely, though, and is here immortalized.
|Clouds and cactus as we headed out|
|Brick building, abandoned in the 1970's|
|The old corral|
|Cattle chute and fence|
|Old wood, rusty hardware, distant mountains|
|We ate lunch sitting on a big boulder by this stream|
|The little waterfall near where we ate|
|A yellow butterfly|
|Some red flowers blooming along the creek|
|The one on the right looks like a laughing bird!|
|I guess I like taking photos of red flowers!|
|They do have the bugs down here!|
|The butterfly and the bee, together|