Xscapers Bash Part 2 and How to Make Friends on the Road

January 30, 2018 | 14

January 19 (continued) This year the Xscapers Annual Bash is set up differently than previous years. Instead of two weeks spent in Quartzsite, there’s a part 1 and part 2 to the event, with the first week being in Q, and the second week being down near Winterhaven, CA along American Girl Mine (AGM) Road…

Good day for a Drive

March 6, 2017 | 22

February 28, Tuesday As has become my custom at this camp, I drive into Borrego Springs to use the free Wifi at Christmas Circle park since the cell signal where the Casita is parked is worthless and slow even in town where it does work. The drive back out of town is quite eventful. Parachuters…

Miscellaneous Fun at Borrego Springs

February 27, 2017 | 12

It’s been fun boondocking with friends out here near Borrego Springs, CA. Besides hiking in the state park there’s been art tours, a craft afternoon, exploring down dirt roads, and walks near camp. Let’s start with the art tours. Artist and welder Ricardo Breceda started crafting metal sculptures for the Galleta Meadows Estate after owner…

Anza-Borrego Hiking

February 23, 2017 | 32

February 18, Saturday It rains overnight, but not the heavy downpour that was expected. This morning the road into camp has a few puddles in the low spots, but if there was any flash flooding it’s past. The sky is a uniform gray, and low clouds shroud the tops of the mountains. It’s a stay…

Hills and Mountains

February 20, 2017 | 26

East of my camp on American Girl Mine Road in Winterhaven, CA is a range of hills, the perfect setting for an evening walk. Sometimes I have company for my evening walk from among the other Xscapers camped nearby… But most often I go alone. Evidence of mining can be found all over, from plowed…

Goodbye Slabs, Hello Open Spaces

February 7, 2017 | 12

January 30, Monday Things have been going well in Slab City, CA. Today’s little field trip is out to the water tank near Salvation Mountain. An artist has drawn a self-portrait on the tank and some of the other concrete surfaces and it’s really well done. There’s graffiti tags all over too. These people have…

Slab City, CA

January 31, 2017 | 27

January 27, Friday This morning I achieve another first on the road: I leave camp before sunrise. Those of you who follow IO regularly will know how monumental of an achievement that is, usually I’m lucky to be taking off by 10 am. This startling occurrence is the product of both forethought and luck. I’d…

RV Views, 2016 (part 1)

November 22, 2016 | 37

Alright! IO seems to be up and working again (the issues last night were due to a problem with the server that hosts IO), so I’m not going to bed until I get this post up. I started a tradition a while back of taking pictures through Cas’ windows at the various places I camped…

600 Acres and a Long Drive

June 30, 2016 | 42

Friday, June 24 (continued) The wildfire on the hillside north of Lee Vining, CA burns merrily. I’ve determined that I’m not in any immediate danger, but this puts a serious crimp in my plans. I can’t go anywhere in case the wind changes and threatens the trailer. So much for visiting Bodie State Historic Park…

Saddlebag Lake and… Wildfire!

June 27, 2016 | 30

Wednesday, June 22 The sun rises soft and mellow in a cloudless cornflower-blue sky, a light breeze brings the scent of sage into the trailer. A person couldn’t ask for better weather for a day trip! I’m up bright and early, throwing the things that I’ve packed into Bertha. 120, known as Tioga Road, is…

Mono Lake and an Announcement

June 23, 2016 | 36

Monday, June 20 It’s been a quiet several days at Hartley Springs Campground, near June Lake, CA. After the excitement of Convict Lake on Wednesday I spend the weekend at camp, writing during the day and taking long walks in the evening when the sun slips below the treeline and my solar power peters out.…

Convict Lake

June 20, 2016 | 38

Wednesday, June 15 Last Friday when I was driving out to my latest camp near June Lake, CA, I passed the sign for Convict Lake and belatedly remembered that several blog readers had recommended the place. “Oh!” I exclaim as Bertha and Cas wiz on past. I’ll have to go back and check it out.…

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