Tuesday, November 26, 2013




(This is Monday’s post)

I hit the ‘Publish’ button on Sunday night’s post at 10:08 p.m.  Sat here until 11:25 repeatedly having to re-hit the button about every 5 minutes because of an error message.  It kept timing out.  Finally gave up & went to bed.  Tried again Monday morning & after about 20 minutes it finally published.  Very tiring & very frustrating.  If you don’t hear from us for a few days it will probably be some kind of Internet connection we are having problems with.  At some point in the next few days we plan to head over to Blair Valley just this side of the Vallecito Valley which is further west towards San Diego.  I’ll do my Ghost Mountain hike from there.   




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Looked for but didn’t see Comet Ison this morning but did see the Planets Mercury & Saturn very low on the horizon & fairly close together.  I think Ison is too close to the sun now.  Will wait to see if it re-emerges.  Did see another bright object about 10 degrees to the right of Saturn & Mercury but do not know what it was.  It was already getting a bit light & with no other stars visible in the area to act as guides I may have been in the wrong section of sky.


A little confusion again about the blog’s text color.  When I typed Sunday night’s blog it was mistakenly in yellow but I see now it published in the correct color.  This aging day to day confuselment for me is not getting any easier.  But a great tip from QUILTIN' LIBRARY LADY about correcting my yellow text color.  She said, “Couldn't you just highlight the text, then choose the custom color, and click on the entry and presto, changeo, new text color? Try it and see if it works.”  Yes QLL it does work.  Thanks for that:))   


Had a long time blog reader drop by this morning.  Jerry from the Escapee Club Boondockers walked over from their group.  Been following the blog & knew we were here close to the Solar Oven site.  Jerry’s from Arkansas & has been coming here to Borrego for a few years now.  Said he was a bit leery about walking over knowing how I get a little blustery over the ‘people thing’ occasionally.  Yes I do get a little overboard about that sometimes but I was glad Jerry dropped by to say hello.  Very very rare for me to take a dislike to another RV’er I have met but I sure don’t like a lot of the noisy ones I haven’t met.  RV folks are almost always the best bunch of people a feller could want to meet.  You know, I’m not as bad as I seem sometimes but then again at other times I are about as worse as I gets.  Thanks for dropping by Jerry & if you fellers can’t find that big stone snake just come & get me & I’ll show you where it’s at…………..

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Had a busy morning attending to some necessary RV chores.  Climbed up on the rig’s roof & put the solar panel down.  Secured the bin doors, left our chairs, BBQ, tables in place on our site & headed off to the big Arco station over by the Salton Sea.  First order of business was dumping our gray & black tanks.  From there we hopped over by the fresh water hose to fill up our fresh water tank.  Next was propane & we finished off with a full tank of gas.  We were back on our site about an hour later.  Up with the solar panel again & we were back in the business of enjoying southern California’s great sunshine & warm temperatures.  We sure lucked out & dodged a nasty weather bullet by coming to this area last week.  Both breakfast & supper outside in the warm sunshine today.  Nice:))


It was here in Borrego Springs we first met Jean & Skip a few years ago.  They stayed with us a few days in Congress a year ago about this time & today we met them again here at the Clark Dry Lake Bed when they dropped in this afternoon.  They rolled in from Yuma Sunday.  They are boondocked about a mile North-East of us.  Jean & Skip with their 3 dogs Sophie, Louie, & Jake travel here to the South-West each winter from Vancouver Island in British Columbia Canada.  Easy going couple & we took a liking to them the first time we met here in Borrego Springs 3 years ago.  We’ll see more of them them this week & maybe get a little off-roading in.  They have a 4 wheel drive Geo Tracker.



Not often we eat bacon & eggs anymore but that is exactly what Kelly whipped up on the BBQ this morning & they were the best ‘sitting outside’ B & E’s I’ve had for a long time.  With the American Thanksgiving week-end coming up we just might stay where we are here at the Clark Dry Lake Bed near Borrego Springs.  We have us a good spot & we know there will be some heavy mountain traffic on the road over near Blair Valley as a lot of ATV’ers head this way from San Diego later this week.  We had thought of heading to the Blair Valley for a few days this week but we may just put that off for another time.


Sorry but I didn’t get our Solar info together today like I said I would but will work on that tomorrow hopefully.  I just darn well plum forgot:((



Okay here’s the driving directions to the Stone Eagle which I featured in Sunday’s post.  From Borrego Springs head up Montezuma’s Grade on S22 going through Ranchita until you hit a T intersection.  Turn right onto highway 79 & head into Warner Springs.  Continue past the fire hall on right & watch for Camino San Ignacio Road also on the right.  Follow this for a few miles out into a valley.  You will see some stone cropping's ahead & to the right.  The Stone Eagle is one of those rock formations & you will recognize the Eagle as you drive further along about a quarter mile back from the road.  There is a small laneway spot to pull off & park.  You will have to squiggle under a barbed wire fence & follow the laneway to the Eagle.  There are cattle in this large field.  If you would rather walk to the site then watch for the Fire hall coming into Warner Springs on your right.  The Pacific Crest trail runs right along beside the Fire Hall there & will take you the 3.5 miles to the Eagles Nest.


Not sure what we are doing Tuesday but for sure we will be doing something.  ‘Gotta make hay while the sun shines’ is the old saying & here while in Borrego Springs we want to make the best of our time.  Always lots to see & do in this area.


Spent a little time under the stars tonight with my  tripoded Celestron 15x70 binoculars.  Borrego Springs is well known for it’s dark night skies & tonight was no exception.  Do not believe for a second if anyone tells you we are the only one’s in this particular Universe…………………… 



GROANER’S CORNER:((  A snake and a rabbit were racing along a pair of intersecting forest pathways one day, when they collided at the intersection. They immediately began to argue with one another as to who was at fault for the mishap.
When the snake remarked that he had been blind since birth, and thus should be given additional leeway, the rabbit said that he, too, had been blind since birth. The two animals then forgot about the collision and began commiserating concerning the problems of being blind.
The snake said that his greatest regret was the loss of his identity. He had never been able to see his reflection in the water, and for that reason did not know exactly what he looked like, or even what he was. The rabbit declared that he had the same problem. Seeing a way that they could help each other, the rabbit proposed that one feel the other from head to toe, and then try to describe what the other animal was.
The snake agreed, and started by winding himself around the rabbit. After a few moments, he announced, "You've got very soft, fuzzy fur, long ears, big rear feet, and a little fuzzy ball for a tail. I think that you must be a bunny rabbit!"
The rabbit was much relieved to find his identity, and proceeded to return the favor to the snake. After feeling about the snake's body for a few minutes, he asserted, "Well, you're scaly, you're slimy, you've got beady little eyes, you squirm and slither all the time, and you've got a forked tongue. I think you're a lawyer!"

- Tourists see the world, travelers experience it.
- Home is where your pet is:))
- "If having a soul means being able to feel
love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals
are better off than a lot of humans."
(James Herriot)
- The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails -William Arthur Ward
- The only thing better than right now will someday be the memories of right now...AL.
- It is not so much having nothing to do as it is not having the interest to do something....AL.


  1. You always manage to discover new things for us in Borrego! The Eagle is going on my list for when we get there in a few weeks.

  2. That is so cool...love the eagle rock! It looks huge!

    Yes, I did see the eyes in the cloud serpent. As a child I would lay on my back for hours finding all sorts of " things" in the clouds. Kids just don't do that today!

    It sure sounds like you and Kelly are having a great time!
    Breakfast sure looked yummy!

  3. Another nice day and Breaky outside cooked on the BBQ sounds awesome.
    Its always nice to meet with fellow rv'ers every once in a while and share stories. And get out wheeling is always fun.

  4. Great to see you guys out and about again--I can "hear" the lift in your spirits!!

  5. Mister A
    Here's something to help u find the right star
    I think miss Kelly has a new phone that can work off your wifi hotspot if so try this
    On your smart phone u can download an app, from google play
    Once done take it outside and point it to the star and cluster and it will name it
    Some phone app,s are 2D but most are 3D
    That's 3D not G
    There fun and work anyplace ,,and day time as well
    To get a sun chart
    In Goole play it's free
    Look it up under star chart And sun chart
    O and by the way did I tell u google play is FREE
    Free is good
    Also u might be able to load it on your laptop but u need to open My location. Or find location on yout computer first
    Wow all most forgot maybe U better let miss Kelly download it, we all know how U are with the techno stuff mister butterfingers
    Joy your day

  6. Eggs on the BBQ? A new one for me. Is there a pan under the foil?

    Love your posts and photos. Please don't ever stop.


  7. It was great seeing you and Kelly again, and loved your new rig. we are going to find the Eagle this trip.

  8. looks like the three of you are making the most of your trip! great photos as always..the bacon and eggs on the bbq looks delicious!!

  9. Thanks for the directions to the Stone Eagle! Looking forward to finding.

    Nothing better than bacon and eggs cooked outside...yum!!!

  10. The eyes in the monster cloud was an amazing pic. Fastest Camera in the West.

    That is the same way I use foil on the grill, works for me. Roll in up after it is cool and no mess to clean except the spatula.

    I have put that Eagle on my must see list now. Thanks.

    Stay put and enjoy the area, the USA is a highway zoo on the long Thanksgiving weekend.

    I still have getting a pic standing by you on my list of things to get done in this life.
    Enjoy the good weather.

  11. I' going to print and save thoes directions. We will be getting to that area sometime and will try to find it. Could you do the same (write directions in a post) for the Slabs. You mentioned you knew where to tur off to get there.

    We are heading to San Diego for family time. If it were'nt for that, we too might be trying to find and meet you.

    Another time, another place!

  12. The first photo in Sunday's post is spectacular! It must of been magical to hike to this rock!

  13. I'm glad the tip on the text color helped you out, Al.

    That cloud picture is fantastic. I just never see stuff like that. No photographer's eye I guess.

  14. Tell that Jean & Skip to get back here to Yuma 'cause I miss them !! They sure are great Folks !!