Saturday, December 4, 2021


 8:05 am - Saturday - December 4th - Anza Borrego Desert, CA - 64° F, 29% humidity, wind - CALM.....clear, blue skies today with a forecast high of 82° F.  On this date in 2016 TLE and I were dry camping in the parking lot of the Quechan Casino in Winterhaven, CA to keep our dental appointments in Los Algodones, Mexico the next day.....↴

Friday began with a beautiful sunrise, and ended with a spectacular sunset.......

Sunrise on Friday

Sunset on Friday between those events is another story.

I haven't had a cold for 3 years, and specifically not since we last worked at Amazon in Campbellsville, KY back in 2018.  We've worked at Amazon three times over the years, and every single time I've gotten a cold.  This is the first non Amazon cold I've had in years.  Well, this past Wednesday I began to get a scratchy throat.  I thought nothing of it initially as the air is quite dry here, and I often get a scratchy throat when we first arrive in the desert.  By Wednesday afternoon I was pretty sure I was getting a cold so I began taking ZiCam immediately.  If I take ZiCam soon enough the 'cold' usually lasts 2-4 days at the most, and this cold has been no exception. As I write the cold symptoms are rapidly disappearing, and I feel much better.

I haven't mentioned my cold until today, because there were a couple of days when I was not sure if it was a cold, or the beginning of the Wuhan Flu....who wouldn't think that nowadays, right?  Well, anyway, it isn't the Wuhan Flu.  I'm sleeping well at night with very little chest congestion.....mostly just a runny nose, which is not running that much now.

At any rate, I wrote all of that to write a precaution I spent the entire day inside Friday resting, napping, drinking lots of fluids, and reading.  As the day wore on I felt like I had turned the corner, and felt quite good by the time I went to bed Friday night.  I slept without coughing, and without having to blow my nose until I got up this morning.  I'll take another day of rest Saturday just to be sure.

Speaking of the Wuhan Flu, Borrego Springs has only reported 165 cases of COVID in 22 months with no deaths as far as we can find, so living in rural America continues to pay its dividends.  The population of Borrego Springs is about 2,000, so fewer than 10% have tested positive.  Since Borrego Springs is in San Diego County (includes San Diego, and environs, obviously, where, no doubt, the stats are much more significant) there is an indoor mask mandate, however, we find mask wearing here to be spotty at best.  In many businesses we have entered no one is wearing a mask, including staff, while in others most staff are wearing masks, and about 1/2 of the one is enforcing the mask mandate.  In San Bernardino County, where we spent a month, there was no mask wearing anywhere we went.

Well, that's it for Friday....the weather continues to be spectacular with daily temps in the low 80's.  There is a cooling trend coming beginning Tuesday showing temps in the 70's and 60's as far as the eye can see.

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