Saturday, February 28, 2015
This morning I was surprised by the calmness around our camp. The wind had died down around dawn and that makes it a perfect opportunity for me and Yuma to skip town before the storm hits later today.
They are calling for high winds in the desert and snow in the mountains.
I am out of water and low on food, so that is another reason for heading to a Walmart.
We pulled up stakes and were on S22 heading east at 8:30 am and pulled into the Arco gas station at 9:00 am. There we emptied our black and grey tanks and filled our fresh water tank. While filling the fresh water tanks, the wind picked up to a gale from the west. We didn’t leave any too soon.
At 10 am, we were on our way south on hwy 86 on the west side of the Salton Sea, heading for the town of Brawley, California about 30 miles down the highway. Although there was wind hitting our west side, it did not bother the motorhome at all and we had a pleasant drive to the Walmart.
I needed everything and so did Yuma. Spent $87 on me and $55 for Yuma. Boy, does he have expensive tastes. I am still trying to figure out what dog food he likes best so bought several different brands.
Kelly from Travel with the Bayfield Bunch alerted me to possible problems with Purina’s Beneful which I am currently using. After reading the information on the Internet, I have decided to try another brand just to be safe. Plus, Yuma doesn’t seem to care for it too much anyway.
I bought a bag of IAMS Proactive Health Minichunks and a bag of Kibbles ‘nBits Bistro Meals, both for 1-6 year olds. We will see which one of those he prefers. Plus I bought treats and leather chewable bones which aren’t cheap either. That dog has it too good.
After spending a few hours at Walmart shopping, having lunch and doing my Internet duties that I usually do first thing in the morning, we headed for Slab City, our destination for the day. They are calling for rain for the next two days, so Yuma and I want to be ready for it.
It is only 16 miles north of Brawley on hwy 111 to the very small town of Niland. You can see by the the palm tree fronds that the wind is blowing fairly hard.
At Main Street, I made a right turn and drove about six miles to Slab City. We slowly entered the outskirts. They like to draw graffiti on everything and anything in here.
Then I spied the Salvation Mountain and knew we had arrived.
Knowing it is going to rain, I try to find a camp near the road, but far enough off as not to be bothered by traffic. After passing Solar Mike’s, I saw an old row boat laying on its side near a concrete slab. It was far enough off the road to be comfortable and far enough away from my nearest neighbor as to not disturb them.
Beautiful sunset over Slab City.
See you later.