Wednesday, January 02, 2008


I said a quiet, "thank-you," to our unseen RV neighbors last night about 5 minutes after mid-night. Thank-you for no horn blowing, thank-you for no gun shots into the air & thank-you for no drunken hollering & yelling. I had been sound asleep but woke up about 11:45 concerned about the dogs if there were going to be loud bangs. We have about 30 or more large high end motorhomes parked near us in a group & I was worried they might get a little boisterous. They didn't. They all have Jeeps so I assume they are members of a Jeep club. I also assume they are older mature folks which would explain the quiet New Years Eve.

Bit of a cloudy morning as we headed out looking for a hiking spot about 8 miles down the road which in the end, we didn't find. Drove back into Borrego Springs & took a drive through a high end park model estates settlement (Roadrunner Club) which is built around a scenic golf course. Beautifully landscaped grounds with a really neat & well looked after community. Some of the homes were for sale so we stopped at one. Price was $35,000 but the monthly landlease fees were over $600. The community is built around a rambling golf course. As we drove around the streets I took photos out the window.... This is a really cozy place.

After the Roadrunner Club, we drove up to the north end of town & stopped at the Anza Borrego State Park Visitor Center. This is an exceptionally nice visitor center that is made of native stone & built into the side of a small hill & blends right into the surrounding desert. More photos:))

From the visitor center we stopped into Borrego Spring's most popular little eatery, the Red Ocotillo. Nice place located in an old army Quonset hut.

Headed out to the east side of town where we could see a lot of palm trees & orange orchards. Beautiful homes, so I was busy with the camera again. Saw one house for sale so stopped & picked up a real estate brochure in front of the house. It's the photo in the web album with Kelly walking up to the house. This place featured an indoor swimming pool & was selling for $599,000. There were homes here that would easily have gone for a million or more. And, this whole community was centered around a big golf course as well. A lot of the swanky-dooo homes backed onto the golf course. Borrego Springs is a good example of how people can do things right & make things nice if they want to. They turned a flat, dusty, scrubby, desert into a beautiful palm tree lined community with superb landscaping & beautiful golf courses. What a great place for folks to retire.....especially if you like to golf.

From scenic waterfalls, manicured flower beds, majestic palms, emerald golf greens, placid ponds, quiet streets & million dollar homes we headed back out to our flat, dusty, & scrubby little spot in the desert. Awwww yes, home sweet home.
Got us a nice campfire going & sat by the fire watching another big beautiful fiery sunset. No indoor pool here, but we'll be alright........:))

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