Asked to Leave Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument – Arizona

Note: We got a knock on the door this afternoon by a ranger who informed us that we have less than 48 hours to leave the park campground before it is completely closed. They report that there are new CDC directives that call for the use of additional personal protective equipment for cleaning facilities which … Continue reading Asked to Leave Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument – Arizona

Where the Summer Spends the Winter -Ajo, AZ

As we mentioned in a previous post, we are in a remote area of Arizona about four miles from the Mexican border, in the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. There is one town about 45 minutes-drive north of us called Ajo (ah-HO). This town, called “garlic” in Spanish, is a quaint village with a beautiful … Continue reading Where the Summer Spends the Winter -Ajo, AZ

The Green Desert – Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona

The novel corona virus has been on everyone’s mind lately. Even though we are full timing, we, like you, are not immune to its impacts. Every day more and more state parks are closing and the national parks are suspending their ranger-led activities and shuttering the Visitor Centers. We too are practicing “social distancing” and … Continue reading The Green Desert – Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona

This is California?

Over a million men in the early 1940’s, most leaving home for the first time, were shipped to California. Everything they had heard about “The Golden State” was not remotely going to be part of their experience. Major General George S. Patton, Jr., a native of California, saw the southern California desert as the perfect … Continue reading This is California?

Come for the Trees, Stay for the Rocks – Joshua Tree NP

One of our bucket list items has been to visit Joshua Tree National Park. This week we were able to check that one off the list. This is a perfect time to visit, as the weather is in the 70's during the day and nights are in the 40's. I knew from my readings that … Continue reading Come for the Trees, Stay for the Rocks – Joshua Tree NP

The Accidental Artist – Borrego Springs, California

Borrego Springs is in the heart of the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Although it is technically not inside the park itself, the city is completely surrounded by California’s largest state park. Located in San Diego County, the city has fewer than 5,000 year-round residents. The population swells, however, during the winter months not unlike many … Continue reading The Accidental Artist – Borrego Springs, California

The Accidental Lake – Salton Sea, California

David and I have been boondocking atop a mesa overlooking the Salton Sea for the past week. The views are just spectacular. Located in southern California, the Salton Sea covers 342 square miles and it sits directly over the famous San Andreas Fault. Surprisingly, the lake is also 236 feet below sea level. The creation … Continue reading The Accidental Lake – Salton Sea, California