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So yesterday we decided to take a drive. A drive to the wide, open desert for a spot with a view and a solitude worth dreams. What always amazes me is how easy it is to do something like this. I don’t just mean in an RV, I mean for anybody. One moment we were in bustling San Diego, and a mere 75 miles later we’re in another world. A world of silence, mountains and utter gorgeous remoteness.
Even the drive was fun. We actually did this drive, our very first EVER drive when we started our fulltiming RVing adventure ~2 years ago. At the time we were rather green and rather terrified. You see there’s a few steeper (and rather famous) grades coming from San Diego into Borrego Springs if you take the route through Julian Pie Company in Santa Ysabel (which everyone should, of course…make sure to stop now). One of these is the Montezuma Grade and it’s a beaut of a drive down a long, sweeping and rather steep road with dramatic views of Borrego Valley.
Two years ago we went the long way around to avoid it and marveled at the RV’s we saw coming down such a crazy route. This time around we looked at each other and chimed in unison “oooooo, let’s DO it!!” (the road, that is…not that your mind was in the gutter). And amazingly it was easy, so easy in fact that I marvelled at how terrified we were back then. With the help of our fabulous exhaust brakes and some simple gear management Paul only tapped the brakes a few times on the way down, and we got to soak in the sweeping views in all their majestic splendor. It’s not every road (especially in CA) that we take with such blasé abandon, but Montezuma is in good condition, well-signed and with a reasonable shoulder. We’ll likely take it on the way back too.
And just 6 miles or so outside of Borrego Springs we found our spot. Tucked back between the mountains with only a few RVs in sight (to the back) and a wide, sweeping and completely open view in front of us, the beast settled in for a little R&R. We mixed up a robust rum & coke, kicked back in our chairs and took the time to just sit and soak the whole experience in.
A deep sense of peace, a soft sigh and you know that paradise is right here on earth…and the real beauty of it all is that anyone can come find it!
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