7:15 am - Tuesday - November 30th - Anza Borrego Desert, CA - 52° F, 18% humidity, wind - CALM....crystal, clear, dustless skies today with a forecast high of 84° F. On this date in 2014 we had just arrived home after our first 21 months of travelling fulltime....sitting around the fire with our kids and their friends......↴
Way back on October 1st when we left SRRVC* in our rearview mirrors for the last time I was already thinking ahead to another sojourn at one of our all time favorite boondocking places....the Anza Borrego Desert about 8 miles out of Borrego Springs. As you may recall, or already knew, borrego is Spanish for lamb. As our plans began to take shape we pretty much knew we would be spending the month of December there with couple of the last days of November thrown in for good measure. If current plans come to fruition, we'll move back down the hill to Ocotillo Wells New Year's Eve to join our kids once again.
It's not often I think that far ahead in time, but since the first time we came to this place near Rock House Road (off S-22) we have been drawn back time and time again, with each stay becoming longer and longer. We were here twice in 2016, then again in 2017, 2020, and now 2021. We arrived here on February 4th of that year, and remained here until March 2nd.....26 days in all....our longest stretch without dumping our black tank, and our longest stretch boondocking period.
Each day we are here we spend time just sitting in our anti gravity chairs enjoying the giant view in front of us....at the base of those mountains lies, ironically, Clark Dry Lake Bed, so it only stands to reason why we are drawn year after year to this place.
We were up early Monday morning, were ready to roll by 8:30 am, and by 8:40 am we were headed back east on S-22 to the Travel Center to dump our tanks, take on fresh water, and top off our 60 gallon propane bank. By 9:45 am we were headed west once again on S-22 for about 22 miles to our Anza Borrego boondock site about 60 yards off the highway. We had hauled out the turf once again, (I don't remember ever loading, then unloading that turf all in the same day....lol) were set up for a month by 11:30 am, and a few minutes later enjoying the big view I wrote about above.....