After waiting out 2″ of heavy rain on the west coast we took the opportunity to escape to the low desert as soon as it let up.
The trip from Ventura County into the desert involved traveling on some of the busiest interstates in the country. But we missed most of the typical stop and go traffic by traveling mid day and staying out of city centers.
Once crossing the Banning/Beaumont Pass we drifted down into the low desert and the land of wind mills. This is an amazing sight if you haven’t seen it before and one that can mesmerize the driver if not careful.
After the tense drive we decided we needed a good soak and spent the night parked outside the Desert Hot Springs Spa and Resort in the town of Desert Hot Springs. For $7 you can dry camp in the parking lot and soak in the pools all day. To say the least we were very relaxed after a long soak.
The next morning we were off to Anza Borrego State Park but not before a quick stop to meet the Technomadia folks camped in their vintage 1961 bus at the Sam’s Family Spa. Chris and Cheri are the gurus of the latest in RV media http://www.technomadia.com and we hope to meet up with these folks again somewhere in our future travels.
After skirting the Salton Sea we turned west towards Borrego Springs. The first few miles was nothing but an off road park with hundreds of ATV’s and dune buggies racing up and down every hill.
Once we entered the park the dune riders disappeared and the badlands began. Major erosion was in all directions, the badlands are a great visual story of how the earth formed during eons of wet periods.
Boondocking in the desert has been high on our list of “to do” so we turned off on a nondescript dirt road and headed for Clark Dry Lake. There were several motorhomes parked on the flat desert plain as we went further towards the dry lake.
Finally we found a large area where we could set up and the dogs could run to their hearts content. With more rain in the forecast we looked for a site we think is out of the flash flood zone (keep you posted)
Hiking onto the dry lake was fun in cloudy weather but when the clouds disappear the pups need to stay in the shade. Long haired Mt. dogs were never designed for the desert.
We want to be back in Ventura County for Christmas so for the next few days we plan on moving to other campgrounds within the park to experience all that it has to offer.
keep you posted…..