I stick around Winterhaven, CA on American Girl Mine Road (AGM) for a while after the Xscapers Annual Bash officially ends. On the 30th I take a walk and enjoy the super moon (no, I didn’t wake up to watch the lunar eclipse). It was pretty special to see it peek through the clouds while the sun was setting the other direction. Definitely the highlight of that day.
On the 1st I go back out to Imperial Sand Dunes with a few Xscapers who are still hanging around, this time focusing on photos. The sunset isn’t as great as last time, but the company was good and I’m still happy with what I get. The only problem was that I was made the lead car driving out there and I almost took a wrong turn, whoops! Never let me be the lead car, haha.
On the 2nd, I finally catch the cold that’s been plaguing people since Quartzsite. Which is a real bummer because my tanks need dumping and it’s time to be moving on from AGM. Well, at least it waited until the convergence ended this year. My catching of the cold coincided with my running out of hand sanitizer. Coincidence? I think not! I’d been carrying the stuff around with me in Quartzsite and using it after every hand shake. Which might sound a bit extreme, but when I got sick last year I was out for over a week and missed a lot. I stretch my tanks one more day and witness this last sunset.
The 3rd is the worst day of the cold. I move less than 20 minutes away to the nearest RV park (Gold Rock Ranch) and pay for one night so I can take care of my tanks at a slower pace and have A/C to be able to nap in peace in the heat. I don’t feel well enough in the evening to take a sunset video, thus marking the end of the sunset project. For those who haven’t seen it yet on YouTube, I watched (and filmed) every sunset from December 27th through Feb 2nd as an experiment in mindfulness and overcoming the apathy I sometimes suffer from in the winter. You can watch it here – 37 Sunsets: Practicing Presence.
On the 4th, I’m feeling better and pull into Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.
This boondock has a few things going for it. For starters, it’s got good mountain views. Which is great because it’s another hot day… and looking like that trend will continue. I work in the mornings and read in my comfy chair outside in the afternoons when it gets too uncomfortable in the Casita. Last light on the mountains is quite a treat!
Second, there are ample walking and hiking opportunities. Other parts of the park have designated trails, but besides that there are also options right around camp. In the hills just to the west some rock art it hidden which is fun to walk to, and Rockhouse road continues from the camping area down to the dry lake bed. I walk that stretch of road on a few different evenings, enjoying getting away from the road noise and general bustle of camp (this is a pretty popular boondocking area, you won’t be alone).
Third, the nearby town of Borrego Springs is adorable and has all the basic necessities. A few days after my arrival, several other Xscapers arrive and it ends up being another impromptu bash. On the 9th a bunch of us go into town for the farmer’s market, which takes place in a cute park located at the center of a large roundabout called Christmas Circle. There’s grass and free WiFi at the park, as well as restrooms.
Borrego Springs is also rather artsy. I talked about the metal sculptures last year which are definitely worth seeing if you’re in the area and hopefully I’ll get a chance to check them out while here. But if you don’t have the time to hunt them down, near the park is this little instillation combining art with plants.
On the 10th, a number of us carpool out to Font’s Point, which is quite close by. It’s an off-roading trail through loose sand, so 4×4 vehicles are recommended. We time our drive to arrive for sunset, but the wind, which was bad enough at camp, is even more pronounced on this exposed point jutting over the badlands. But we brave it, because it’s an undeniably beautiful spot.
And it is a point, with views on three sides.
My favorite shot of the evening is this view looking west at last light on the mountains.
Kelly of Camp Addict is among the Xscapers also out here, and when you put the two of us together, ridiculous things happen. We totally rock the wind-blown hair photoshoot. Brian’s dog Stella is not impressed.
A number of people home just after the sun falls behind the horizon, but a few of us brave the wind a while longer to see what the clouds do. I’ve seen some pretty good sunsets here in the southwest this winter, but have yet to witness a truly jaw-dropping one, I got a few of those last winter. Tonight’s turns out pretty nice…
But is still not what I’ve been waiting for. Well, being a full-timer, I’m in no rush. When that 10/10 sunset finally happens it’ll be all the sweeter for the wait.
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