Shooting The Breeze – Borrego Springs, CA
“You should come over and try our bed” offered the husband, most generously I thought. I glanced over at Paul who was nodding in sensible agreement.
“Oh yes, in fact both of you should” added the wife enthusiastically
“We are most definitely taking you up on that offer” I concluded, to the happy endorsement of all
We had just met two of our blog readers and an instant bond had been formed on the topic of beds. Or, rather more specifically the Sleep Number bed. I’ve had a hate-hate (did I mention hate?) relationship with this thing since we got the rig and our new friends (who also own a 40PDQ) were instantly in agreement.
The lovely couple was Richard and Ginger (with doggie Libby) who just happened to be boondocking around Borrego Springs with their friends and had managed to hook up with us through the net. It’s another of those fabulous impromptu connections that form on the road and, as always happens with folks who travel and enjoy the same kind of lifestyle, we had an instant connection. Paul and I went for an afternoon drink, met the whole gang and…yes…went to lie on their bed which is a super-comfy memory foam mattress that they installed right after throwing out the old bed. A relaxing a lovely afternoon with food for thought on the mattress….thanks, guys!
But that’s not the only lounging we’ve been doing here in Borrego Springs. This tiny community of ~2,700 people is a quirky desert town completely surrounded by the beauty of 600,000 acre Anza Borrego State Park (in fact if you look on the map, Borrego Springs is literally a hole in the middle of the State Park). It was California’s first “dark sky community” (the nearest stop-light is ~50 miles away) and the place stays true to that image by keeping things rustic and simple. A tiny downtown with a few key shops, a single grassy circle (aptly called Christmas Circle, because honestly the lush green grass is such a gift in the arid desert) and a few RV parks.
But it’s got its little surprises too. There is a rather ritzy golf course, a couple of spas and a whole wealth of hidden art. Besides the fabulous Galetta Meadows, the town hosts multiple excellent events at its tiny Performing Arts Center, offers Art Walks and has other impromptu performances throughout the year (one of my favorite is the annual Peg Leg Liar’s Contest that we managed to tag our first year here).
And then there’s the farmer’s market. Every Friday morning from Nov-June, twenty or so vendors set-up in Christmas Circle and offer their wares. For such a small market it’s got just about everything you could want from organic vegetables to grass-fed meats, raw honey, fresh breads, food and crafts. If you’re here it’s a not-to-be-missed event!
This time of year is literally the PERFECT time to be here. Moderate temperatures, long sunny days and plenty of open and gorgeous spots for boondocking. There are people who come here every year simply to soak in the fabulous serenity of it all, and having spent a week here already I can totally see how you get hooked. Not a bad spot to shoot the breeze….and think about beds….