So we’re back in the boonies, the outer reaches of the desert, the nether-regions of the wild. Many would say we’re back where we belong and rightly so. After a month of luxuriating in Sam’s Spa our skin is soft as a newborn kitten’s backside and far too pretty for the boondock-worthy winter image we’ve crafted for ourselves. It’s back to the leathery texture of the desert we go.
But here’s the big secret -> this is really just another kind of luxury. We may not have full hookups or unlimited water that flows magically from our taps or the comfort of an electric heater, but we have this…..
Yes, we have wide open views sweeping across the mountains, a ginormous site, miles (upon miles) of desert which is all ours to explore and all for the grand price of absolutely zero. Polly can roam around freely and we can frolic in the desert to our hearts’ delight, plus we get to have sunset drinks with a view many would pay millions for. It’s not too shabby this boondocking life.
We’re actually back in an old-time favorite of ours…the little town of Borrego Springs. This was the very first place we drove when we started our RVing adventure almost 4 years ago, although back then we knew nothing about boondocking and stayed in a private park in town. Despite this miss-step, the place grabbed us and somehow we’ve been coming back ever since. The town is not exactly hopping with only around 3,500 people and a few blocks of “downtown”, but it’s set in a valley surrounded by mountains and 600,000 acres of Anza Borrego State Park. Plus it has hidden gems such as Ghost Mountain & the Story of Marshall South , the most excellent Slot Canyons, and fabulous Monster Art In The Desert. There’s even lost gold, right down the road! Everytime we come we discover a little more and leave a little more in love (isn’t that the basis of every great relationship?)
We’ve also met some amazing people here. In fact I’d venture to say that Borrego Springs was one of the first places we discovered the unexpected surprise of “RV community”. Much of our Borrego travels have been inspired by The Bayfield Bunch and we finally met them here last year (in fact if you really want to learn about this area just knock on over to Al’s blog and type “Borrego Springs” in the search function and you’ll get 8 pages of hits!). We also met Kathie & Bob (quite by accident), ran into RV Sue, had dinner with the lovely Beluga right here at our very spot, met Pam & John (the same day) and even got invited to try Richard and Ginger’s bed (now, how boondocking neighborly is that?). And I’m sure there’s a bunch more people I’ve forgotten to mention.
Oh, and where are we exactly? We’re at Clark Dry Bed in one of our usual haunts. Our particular site is very scenic, but not exactly “big-rig” friendly and requires a bit of finesse to get into. On the plus side that means it’s almost always empty, so when we arrived yesterday we simply drove up and slipped in like a well-worn glove. Paul will stay here while I go off to Europe (fear not, I’ll be blogging the whole way). No doubt I won’t be able to resist taking more pics of this area before I leave so you’ll get at least one more post from this spot too. Ahhhhh….the boonies. I’m a happy gal
P.S. For those of you receiving this blog by e-mail for whatever reason pictures are NOT showing up on the e-mail version. Haven’t figured this one out yet, so please click on over to the main blog for today’s pics. Sorry!
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