Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Timeless......

7:45 am - Wednesday - December 1st - Anza Borrego Desert, CA - 50° F, 19% humidity, wind 3 mph out of the north.....mostly clear, blue skies today with clouds on the southern horizon, and a forecast high of 84° F.  On this date in 2020 we were enjoying a beautiful Seal Rock sunset......↴



I was up before sunset on the final day of November, and had to get a shot to memorialize that event......


.....now that we are in much more drone friendly geography I decided to get her out again and spend time reacquainting myself with the controls without much fear of crashing into anything......


.....you can see our site in relationship to highway S-22. By orienting the coach facing west we create our own shade, and only have to deploy the window awnings on the driver side of the coach.  The 'lido deck' is in the shade all day long.......



.....I shot this video to show the emptiness of our location.....we are the only RV out here, and we love it......please excuse the shakiness of parts of the video as I get used to flying the Holystone drone once again.....


......I spent time Tuesday organizing the trailer for 5 weeks of boondocking, deployed our gray water hose which empties into a nice size rat hole, pulled out some of our solar rope lights to charge them up, and also installed the solar light atop the flag pole.  By late morning I was ensconced in my anti gravity chair taking a nap, and then reading for much of the afternoon. An interesting side note about our 120 gallon gray water tank.....in addition to our normal fresh water usage (sinks in kitchen and bathroom) TLE and I took 5 showers (combined) while in Ocotillo Wells, and the tank was only 1/4 full.....that Oxygenics showerhead really does the job in conserving water while giving the impression of much more water flow.

Our solar panels are working well, getting us back to 100% virtually every day except two since we moved out to the desert on November 23rd.  I had to dust off the panels while we were still in Ocotillo Wells after we failed to get back to 100% on our 5th day there.

We still have several wild caught salmon steaks left from our time in Seal Rock, OR courtesy of one of our co-workers (Greg), and we grilled two of them Tuesday evening for our sunset dinner...


......I get the Sea-B-Que up to 400° F, then insert the salmon steaks, which takes the temp down to about 325° F.  At that temp it takes about 10 minutes to grill them to a medium rare....


......we are using one of our smaller tables to dine alfresco.....it is just the perfect size.....and what a view, right?


Our 2nd Anza Borrego Desert sunset

TLE provided sides of salad, and mashed potatoes for our dining pleasure.....




....we proceeded directly to a sunset fire, and watched as the sun silhouetted the mountains to the west....


.....by 6 pm the fire had begun to burn down, and it was getting chilly so we headed inside for the night.  Like we always say.....you close the curtains and you are home.

It has been almost two years since we last visited our boondock site in the Anza Borrego Desert, but it seems like yesterday.  The desert is so timeless, and that is how we feel when we are here.  No crowds, not much background noise other than an occasional car heading east, or west.....just the 'sounds of silence' most of the time.  It is so quiet at night that our citified ears ring for the first few days we are here.  With no moon at night right now it is black India ink dark at night.  You can see the 'Milky Way' overhead, and there are billions of stars visible.  This is one of the best places for star gazing in the U.S.......


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