Thursday, February 1, 2018 - Location: Clark Dry Lake near Borrego Springs, CA
Yesterday early morning, after sitting outside photographing the moon eclipse, I felt tired, but not so much from getting up early; it was sore muscles from the climb the day before.
I did manage to get a great moon shot of the moon rising over the Kofa mountains to the east last night.
As I was reading my favorite blogs, I had just finished Tom and Deb's post saying they were going to go see the spiral I had written about and they also were going to scout out this area for their next move towards Yuma.
It wasn't ten minutes later when Yuma started barking. I looked outside and there was a black Jeep that looked familiar. Tom and Deb, Celebrating the Dance were debating on stopping in since they didn't see me outside. It wasn't long before I was out there yelling at Yuma to come back. He was already on his way to greet them.
I pulled out some chairs and we had a great time chatting on the shady side of the MH. It was already getting quite warm. They are a very friendly couple that enjoy exciting Jeep rides as much as I do. We swapped a lot of stories before they were on their way back to Quartzsite. Hope to see them again down the road.
As I look back, I'm glad they stopped by and stopped me from making some crazy decision to go somewhere and wear myself out even more. After they left, me and Yuma just relaxed for the rest of the day. Just what I needed.
Couldn't sleep past 6 A.M. this morning. I think it was my anticipation of the move I was planning for the day. Yesterday, I called Dolly to chat and she reminded me that the Superbowl is this Sunday and I had best be in a place to pick up the local TV channel.
My plans had been to move to Borrego Springs, but as we talked I convinced myself to go to Saddle Mountain near Phoenix so I could easily pick up their channels with my TV antenna.
Sounded good, but as I lay awake this morning pondering, I just couldn't accept the idea of going all the way east for four days and then backtracking west to Borrego Springs next week. Me and backtracking just don't go together.
In the early morning hours I made my decision to head west as I had originally planned. I had a thought I could stay at the American Legion that Al, Kelly and Pheebs, Travel With The Bayfield Bunch had been staying for a few days. I'm sure a bunch of vets would be watching the Superbowl on Sunday and I could join in the fun. So, that's the plan. Problem solved, I hope. If not, I can go to a local bar and watch the game.
With my mind made up, we were packed and on our way at 10 o'clock sharp. We first stopped in Quartzsite to get propane at the 76 station and then made our way over to Loves to fill the MH with gas. Hopefully, I can get in and out of California without having to buy gas for the MH.
We headed west on I-10 and made one more stop in Blythe, California to dump our tanks. They didn't have potable water, so will need to get that later. I still have quite a bit of water left in the tank.
Off again and this time we made it all the way to Indio, California Walmart Super center to get groceries and one of my meds refilled. It was a beautiful fairly new store and within an hour we were on our way. By this time it was 3 o'clock pacific time.
The drive through the Colarado River Valley and then on through the Chiriaco Pass and down to Indio in the Coachella Valley was pretty but uneventful.
All duties finally done, we drove down hwy 86 to Salton City and turned west on S22 for the last 22 mile pretty drive through the badlands.
There's the Salton Sea to my left.
Badlands are beautiful to drive through.
Going down into the dry lake area now. I can see Coyote Mountain so we are close. It's quite warm and there is a lot of haze in the valley.
Got here around 4:30 and found us a place near Clark Dry Lake off Rockhouse Road. The place is fairly full, so we aren't out in the middle of nowhere like we were this past ten days, but, it's okay.
It's a beautiful area as the sun is setting over the mountains.
That's our day. Tired from the drive but looking forward to a couple week stay here if all goes well.
See you later.