Thursday, February 8, 2018 – Location: Clark Dry Lake near Borrego Springs, CA
Woke up early this morning and saw the moon was rising and I could see a planet shining above it. I think it is Mars. Hopefully, Al will correct me if I am wrong.
Today, Yuma and I decided to go to Split Mountain and get some photos. Been there a number of times, so I figured if I left around 11 A.M, I could go there and be back by 2 P.M and relax for the remainder of the day. It’s going to be hot one and I would just love to spend the afternoon in my lounge chair in a nice breeze.
We took off and I went into town and filled the Jeep with gas. I don’t like going anywhere around here without starting with a full tank of gas. I have a tendency to stray and running out of gas in 85 degree weather is not an option. As the day progressed, I am certainly glad I did!
From there we headed to hwy 78 via the Texas Dip. This is a huge wash south of Borrego Springs about 8 miles. I need to ask a local when the last time this wash ran hard with water. I’m sure it would wash the road away. It has a 10% grade which is big.
Can you see the car in the one photo?
After crossing, I took a photo looking back across with San Ysidro Mountains in the background.
At hwy 78, we turned left toward Ocotillo Wells about 10 miles east. As I was approaching the Ocotillo Wells Airport I could see an odd plane was coming in for a landing. Now, the airport is not just an ordinary airport. This one has desert as a landing zone.
It was amazing to watch. Looking it up on the internet, it appears to be a military Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey. I think it is practicing landing in desert conditions and this airport sure fits the bill. There was dust everywhere. He came in and touched down for about a minute and up and off he went again. No one departed that I could see.
After watching the Osprey, we went through Ocotillo Wells on Split Mountain Road for about eight miles heading south. Then we saw a large wash to our right just as the blacktop ended and and a sign pointing up the wash.
Everything went perfectly. Yuma and I drove through the wash to Split Mountain and followed the wash through it. Wonder how long it took for the water to cut this mountain in half.
The day didn’t go as planned. As usual, when I got through the couple miles of Split Mountain I should have turned around and come back. The wash goes for miles beyond the mountain higher up into more mountains.
Yuma and I kept driving and saw more beautiful canyons and walked almost seven miles up a very narrow canyon once the Jeep couldn’t go any further. What was supposed to be a three hour tour turned into a seven hour tour. We got back to the RV just as the sun was setting. We’re tired, dirty and hungry.
So, I’m going to stop at the entrance to Split Mountain for tonight and go through the 200 plus photos tomorrow and finish my journey in tomorrow night’s blog. I know tomorrow will definitely be a stay at home day. My whole body is killing me tonight.
But, I wasn’t too tired to stop by the Center Market on the way home and pick up my ice cream! I think pie and ice cream will be my dinner tonight. Too tired to fix anything.
See you later.