A Little Winter Trip

Borrego Springs, CA

It’s been quite a while since our last blog so we thought a little update would be in order.  After returning from Colorado late in October we stayed home in Boulder City through the holidays.  At the beginning of January we headed south for a month long stay in Tucson, AZ.

An early morning start heading toward Lake Mead

Sunrise over the Colorado River

Back to the land of Saguaros

The nimble hiker still has a sharp eye out for a Crested Saguaro!

We left Boulder City at dawn and drove straight through to Tucson so that we could see Steve and MonaLiza (Lowe’s Travels) as they would leave early the next morning for an extensive (4 months) cruise.  We were joined by their friends Mark and Joodi (Chasing Dirt).  We enjoyed a hike with Mark and Joodi a few days later but failed to get even one picture of them.

We’ve stayed at the KOA/Lazydays in Tucson a number of times and have explored the area extensively, so much of what we did was a repeat of things covered in previous blogs.

At 9,100′ above the city, Mt. Lemmon has a nice little ski area

We did get to visit with friends during our stay.  One day we drove about 70 miles to the southwest to visit with Janna and Michael.  They split their time between their main home in Big Timber, MT ( where we saw them last spring) and Pearce, AZ where they are completely renovating a house they purchased a few years ago.  Jodee and Bill (On the Road Abode) joined us for this visit,  just like they did two years ago when we last visited Janna and Michael in Pearce.  The transformation of the house is quite incredible.  Check out their blog (Renovation Cowboy Style) to see the entire process).

827 E Newland, Pearce, AZ 85625

Before . . .

. . . and after

About half way through the month Dave and Sue (Beluga’s Adventures) arrived here after spending the holidays in Florida.  After not seeing them since the previous March, Lewis immediately recognized our motorhome.  He loves to come in and play ball with us.

We were away, but Lewis knew who lived there!

Finding the ball in our rug is his favorite activity

Dave and Sue joined us on a day trip to Tombstone to check out the house Jodee and Bill recently purchased there.  We had a great visit and loved their new digs, especially the 360 degree views of the surrounding mountains.  Unfortunately, no photos were taken.

At the end of the month we made the long (375 miles) drive into southern California to spend a couple of weeks in the little town of Borrego Springs, located in the heart of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.  We love to stay in The Spring at Borrego, a beautiful park surrounded by a very nice nine hole golf course.

Work campers always decorate the sites with cool artwork in the sand

Hey, somebody has to do it. Right?

A Jeep ride into the badlands to Inspiration Point

One day Dave and Sue joined us for a long drive to the east side of the Salton Sea.  Along the way we stopped on the west side of the sea just north of Salton City.  There we drove west into the desert a couple miles on a narrow dirt path to check out a small arch in the Coral Wash.

Returning back to the highway we continued north towards the town of Mecca where we rounded the end of the sea and headed south.  After about ten miles we turned to the east and drove to a parking area for a visit to the Dos Palmas Preserve, a small oasis of palm trees.  There we enjoyed a short walk on a designated path through the palms, which towered over our heads.

Look closely, the tree goes horizontally, then turns 90 degrees vertically!

Looking up!

Leaving the preserve, we continued down the east side of the sea for about 20 miles to visit the tiny community of Bombay Beach.  We were here a few years ago and thought it to be one of the saddest communities we had ever seen.  Recently a volunteer at the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park said that artists had moved into the town and were attempting to revitalize it.

We didn’t see any real “revitalization” going on but we did enjoy some of the artwork covering many of the abandoned buildings.

The Toy House


The Drive-In

Lodestar, which has also appeared at Burning Man and the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

The night before we left Borrego Springs we joined Dave and Sue for a ride out to Fonts Point for snacks and to enjoy the sunset.  Fonts Point is a high, rocky point east of Borrego Springs with fantastic views of the Borrego Badlands to the south and Borrego Springs to the west.  You need a four-wheel drive vehicle to get there as it is a four mile drive off the main highway on a narrow road of soft sand.

The perfect evening spot

Borrego Badlands

More Badlands

We are now heading back to Boulder City for a few months.   In May we’ll hit the road again for a trip north into Oregon and Washington.

More on that later . . .

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20 Responses to A Little Winter Trip

  1. Was glad to see your update this morning. One of these days I hope you can visit our home on a sunny day! Safe travels!

  2. Chasing Dirt says:

    It was great to finally meet you, and even greater to get at least one hike in together (especially spotting the cristates and tracking the demise of the mystery critter 😀 The Jeepin’ to that arch looks fun, and the cocktail sunset hour is a hoot. Hope to see you again soon in Boulder City!

  3. Jeff Pierce says:

    Thanks for catching your readers up. Borrego is a great destination this time of year, before the flower-crazy crowd show up.

    • placestheygo says:

      Glad you enjoyed the short catch up post, Jeff. We had a wonderful time in BS with perfect weather. Too bad we didn’t have the wildflower display we enjoyed last January. We had to search for a few flowers this year.

  4. Wow, what a pleasant surprise to see a blog post! Lewis is so intelligent for smelling and spotting your MH! It is great to see again my favorite four in action at your favorite places especially the happy hour at Fonts point!

    • placestheygo says:

      I’m glad John decided to do a catch up blog. We’ve been to both areas so many times and have several blogs on each, but we did manage to find new places to visit. A HH on Fonts Point is a must do activity.

  5. The views from Fonts Point are stunning! What a fabulous place to take in the sunset! It sounds like you had a perfect road trip – lots of sunshine, good times with good friends, and one adorable poodle. Now you get to relax a bit before the next excursion. The best of all worlds!

    • placestheygo says:

      Yes, Laura, it is the best of both worlds. This winter’s visit had much warmer weather than last year. Lots of sunshine, good friends, and an adorable furry black poodle! Perfect!

  6. Jodee Gravel says:

    We’re so glad we could make those visits happen and that we could share our new little place with you. I’m always amazed at how much snow Mt Lemmon gets! We have to get back to Borrego Springs and find those interesting new places you discovered. Hope the artists can revive that sad area. Hopefully we can catch up again in the PNW this summer.

    • placestheygo says:

      So glad our timing worked to get in two visits (three with you, Jodee) and one was to see your lovely, new home! Yes, you need to get back to BS and drive the new spots! We’ll be back next January. You two need to join us.

  7. Laurel says:

    What a fabulous winter you’ve had, with extended stays in two of your favorite places and enjoying time with good friends! Are you sure you wouldn’t rather be spending your winter clawing your way out of a pile of your parents’ belongings, LOL? I have many things I could contribute to those art sculptures in Bombay Beach (which looks like a very interesting place to visit).

    Love seeing photos of so many of our dearest RVing buddies together enjoying life. Enjoy your time at home for the next couple of months before your next grand adventure! 🙂

    • placestheygo says:

      Sorry, Laurel, there are times being on the opposite of the country is a plus! Good luck with the paper work!! Don’t forget to take play days!!
      We did have a great six weeks exploring a couple very familiar spots and seeing friends. Arizona is the great winter meet up state. BC is starting to warm up nicely. It’s a good time to be back home.

  8. Nancy says:

    I’m so glad you love Jeeping like we do! Next time you are in the Tucson area… head south to Ruby Road… the ride is beautiful!

    Continue the fun my friends!

  9. Sue says:

    I check your blog regularly and….no luck. It was great to read about your adventures again, even though we experienced some of them first hand! Things always look a little different through different eyes so I had fun reliving our bit of time together. You guys are doing it just right – a nice home and fun on the road when things get “too ordinary”.

    • placestheygo says:

      It is always fun to read about an experience we’ve been on through the eyes of others. Thanks, Sue! We do have a good life enjoying our home and then new adventures in other areas.

  10. Sherry says:

    How wonderful to meet up with friends of the two and four legged variety.
    I’m really thinking I need to try to get out to AZ for next Jan/Feb. Trying to get reservations in Florida has become simply impossible. RVing has taken off like the latest huge fad. I’ve never had so much trouble trying to plan a winter as for 2021. Too much work – not enough fun. Love the sand art almost looks like a Chartres Labyrinth. Since I’m not lucky enough to be one of the jeep owners gang, the only way I get to see these great views is through your blog. Thanks. BTW – I’ve started blogging again and am trying to catch up with the last year since David’s death. It’s hard but it’s at http://www.onmyowndays.blogspot.com.

    • placestheygo says:

      Nice to hear from you, Sherry. It’s great that you are continuing to travel and write about your journey. It seems to be getting harder to find reservation all over. The RV world of travel has really taken off. You might want to make your way west after awhile. It’s still more open than anything in the east. Safe travels!

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