Borrego Springs, CA
Whenever we stay in one place for an extended time we start to get a bit anxious to move to a new location, even when in some great spots. So after a month along Mission Bay in San Diego, we were ready to leave the fast pace of the city and move to a more secluded area. On Thursday we pulled out of San Diego and headed east on “the eight” ( I-8 for you non-Californians) with the desert of Anza -Borrego State Park as our destination. We visited this park two years ago and enjoyed it so much we were anxious to return.
In a car, the drive from San Diego is only about ninety miles, but it is on a two lane road going up, over, and down some steep grades with a gain of about 4,000 feet in elevation. Earlier in our stay in San Diego we had driven over to the park in the Jeep, and we knew we were not bringing the motorhome that route. So we doubled our mileage and took the interstate over the mountains, entering the park from the south using county road S2.
While a great deal longer, this route definitely reduces the “pucker” factor and has some great scenery along the way. Also, while there are some “up and down” areas and at least one downhill switchback, there is virtually no traffic to contend with on this road.
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is a huge area of over 634,000 acres. The park takes its name from 18th-century Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza and borrego, the Spanish word for bighorn sheep. Right about in the middle of the park is the small town of Borrego Springs (pop 3,429). Many RVers come to Borrego Springs and park a few miles outside of town in the surrounding desert. There are no hook-ups there so you have to have your own fresh water and sewer tanks on board, as well as, a way to produce electricity. Many of the RV owners staying in the desert have installed enough solar panels to provide for their needs while some, like us, use an on-board generator. But we are a bit spoiled and like the luxury of full hook-ups, so we had a reservation for a week at the near-by park campground.
Our (seldom used) calendar had us arriving at the campground on the 15th, but apparently someone made a mistake (no names please – peace in the family is essential). When we arrived at the gate, they had no record of our reservation! How could that be! We know we have one and it is for today! A quick check of the confirmation email revealed the arrival date to be the 17th! Oops! OK, not a problem. If you have to find a quick place to stay for a couple of nights, this is the place. We just turned around and headed out to the desert where we quickly set up on a spot near where we parked during our visit two years ago.
We had intended to park here for a night or two after our stay in the state park ended, so two nights before entering the park was more of a treat than a problem.
Many of the blogs we follow had recently been camped in this area but we weren’t sure of the exact spot. So we were pleased when we looked out our window and spotted a large flag on an Airstream marking the location of Leigh and Brian of Aluminarium. Parked near them was another unit we recognized to be the home of Hector and Brenda of Island Girl.
We have met up with Leigh and Brian a few times but this is our first chance to meet Hector and Brenda. They invited us over for happy hour and we ended up in Borrego Springs enjoying a tasty meal at Carmelita’s Mexican Grill.
Tomorrow we move into the campground for our one week stay. After that plans are a bit hazy. We may move back out here for a few days or we may head east for some time in the Yuma area. Difficult decisions face us constantly, but we are able to keep going despite that heavy burden. Hey, it’s a tough life ! ! !