Monday, February 17, 2020

Clark Dry Lake Bed.......

7:20 am - Monday - February 17th - Borrego Springs, CA - 46° F, 68% humidity, wind 3 mph out of the northwest......clear, blue, windless skies today with a forecast high of 79° F.  The view this morning......↴

 The weekenders are gone

One thing we like to do each time we are in the Rockhouse Road area is to do an out and back hike to Clark Dry Lake Bed.  Three years ago there was still water in the dry lake bed, and you could not even get near it as it was very muddy.  This year we were able to walk about 1/5th of the way across it before the surface became too soft and mushy.....


The historical boundary of the dry lake bed is quite large, but 
water has not covered that large an area for a very long time.

.....the immediately visible area of the dry lake bed is covered in white residue from many eons of evaporation.  The actual historical boundary of the dry lake bed extends all the way to the mountains in the background of the picture below, as evidenced by the picture above.  We actually walked to the far side of the white stuff.....


 Rockhouse Canyon Road to the left, and Clark Dry Lake Bed Road to the right

......we were gone just shy of two hours, but covered the 4.88 miles in about 1 hour and 38 minutes of moving time, averaging 3.1 mph.  On the way back I spied one of the larger ocotillos I have seen, and had TLE stand next to it for perspective.....she's about 5'6", so I would guess this one is about 11' tall at its highest point.  Most of the ones we see in this area are about 5-6' tall......


......we left on the hike about 11:30 am and returned around 1:20 pm.  Our little cul-de-sac was full of weekenders the past couple of days, but by this morning (Monday) they were all gone.

I spent some time in the trailer adjusting the rear derailleur of my Haibike as there were one, or two gears it would not shift into easily.  I applied a little Tri-Flow lube to the chain, and derailleur pivot points, and after about 30 minutes had her dialed in.  The acid test will be our ride into Borrego Springs Monday morning for breakfast.  The rest of Sunday was spent on the 'lido deck' reading, and listening to 'Classic Vinyl' on Sirius/XM radio.  We were in position for our umpteenth sunset fire by 5 pm........


....and as the fire began to die down we roasted some hot dogs for dinner......


......they were a little too charbroiled on one end, but they were good, nonetheless....TLE added an avocado/corn salad......I could eat a whole plate of that......mmmmmmm!

We finished season 3 of 'Outlander', and watched the first episode of season 4 before calling it another day well lived in the Anza Borrego Desert.....thanks for stopping by!

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