Friday, January 28, 2011

Back at Borrego

pretty desert flower
Gosh…guess it’s been a while since I posted!  We were at Thousand Trails Wilderness Lakes preserve for about a week and a half.  After being away from any large town for a month our supplies had dwindled so we did a lot of grocery/supply restocking while we were in town.  Also fit in a haircut, some meals out and finally upgraded my old cell phone.  It was fun being back in civilization, but we were ready to get away to the desert so we returned to the Borrego Springs, CA area.

Ocotillo with a bloom

Yesterday morning Dave and Cheye were outside when a fellow boon-docker and his dog wandered by.  Dave and the man started talking, dogs started playing, when the man asked “Is that Cheyenne?”  Of course Dave is quickly trying to place the guy when the man (Richard) said he sometimes reads the blog.  It sure can be a small world…I’m still amazed he recognized us from the blog!

Things have been pretty quiet here….we have gone for walks out in the desert daily, even found a geo-cache using an app for our new cell phone.  Kinda fun.  There are a few flowers blooming, I’d love to be here when “the bloom” happens but we may be a little early for that.  Reading has been our main occupation, the internet connection is often elusive out here and there hasn’t been much on TV worth wasting the electricity on.  Quiet life, quiet setting…we like it that way!

Cheye enjoying the desert
A cool little hummingbird that visits our feeder
Isn't his "collar" beautiful?  I think the species is: Costa's Hummingbird

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Still out in the desert...

Sun and rain...a cool sky at Borrego Srpings

We’ve been boondocking for about a month now…still loving it!  In a few days we are going to head in to a Thousand Trails park and I have to admit I’m looking forward to a long, long shower!  No, I haven’t skipped bathing  while out in the desert, but showers are as quick as you can make them when you’re trying to stretch your water supply as far as possible.   I also need to do some serious grocery shopping.  Poor Cheye is going to be confused, she has become very used to trotting around the desert unhindered by a leash!

Anza-Borrego State Park Vistor Center
Last week we went in to Borrego Springs with our friends Mike & Joan to visit the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Visitor’s Center.  Neat building, it is built into the side of a hill, kind of like a daylight basement.  Inside are some display’s about the desert, printed information and a short film.  There is also an outside display of desert vegetation.  After we left the Visitor’s Center we stopped at Pablitos Mexican Bar & Grill for Margaritas and Fish Tacos….really yummy!

I can’t believe I forgot this little item on my last post;  I was in the bedroom getting ready for the day when I spied this “little” guy on our bedroom wall!   Dave & Cheye were out for a morning walk so I captured the critter in a cup (way too big to squish)…I only screamed once when it almost escaped!  I saved it to show Dave and then we let it go out in the desert.  I think it is a baby tarantula… definitely a good way to get your adrenaline going for the day!

Our site and a pretty sunrise

A dramatic sunrise

A little rainbow and our trailer

A view from the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Visitor Center

At the Visitor Center