Travels of Terry & Sharon travel blog

Imperial Sand dunes

Salton Sea

Anza-Borrego Badlands

Anza-Borrego Badlands

Borrego Springs

Borrego Springs

Borrego Springs

Borrego Springs

Borrego Springs

Borrego Springs

Borrego Springs

Borrego Springs

Borrego Springs

Borrego Springs

Borrego Springs

Borrego Springs

Anza-Borrego Visitor Center

Anza-Borrego Visitor Center

Anza-Borrego Visitor Center

Anza-Borrego Visitor Center

Anza-Borrego Visitor Center

Anza-Borrego Visitor Center

Anza-Borrego Desert

Anza-Borrego Desert

Anza-Borrego Desert

Anza-Borrego Desert

Anza-Borrego Desert

Anza-Borrego Desert

Anza-Borrego Desert

Anza-Borrego Desert

Anza-Borrego Desert

Anza-Borrego Desert

Anza-Borrego Desert

Anza-Borrego Desert

Anza-Borrego Desert

Anza-Borrego Desert

Anza-Borrego Desert

Anza-Borrego Desert

Anza-Borrego Desert

Anza-Borrego Desert

Anza-Borrego Desert

Anza-Borrego Desert

Anza-Borrego Desert

Anza-Borrego Desert

Anza-Borrego Desert

Anza-Borrego Desert

Anza-Borrego Desert

Anza-Borrego Desert

Anza-Borrego Desert

Anza-Borrego Desert

Anza-Borrego Desert

Anza-Borrego Desert

Anza-Borrego Desert

Anza-Borrego Desert

Anza-Borrego Desert

Anza-Borrego Desert

Anza-Borrego Desert

Anza-Borrego Desert

Anza-Borrego Desert

Anza-Borrego Desert

Anza-Borrego Desert

Anza-Borrego Desert

Anza-Borrego Desert

Anza-Borrego Desert

Anza-Borrego Desert

Julian

Julian

Ricardo Breceda Studio

Ricardo Breceda Studio

Ricardo Breceda Studio

Ricardo Breceda Studio

Ricardo Breceda Studio

Ricardo Breceda Studio

Ricardo Breceda Studio

Ricardo Breceda Studio

Ricardo Breceda Studio

Ricardo Breceda Studio

Ricardo Breceda Studio

Ricardo Breceda Studio

Ricardo Breceda Studio

Ricardo Breceda Studio

Ricardo Breceda Studio

Ricardo Breceda Studio

Ricardo Breceda Studio

Ricardo Breceda Studio

Ricardo Breceda Studio

Ricardo Breceda Studio

Ricardo Breceda Studio

Ricardo Breceda Studio

Ricardo Breceda Studio

Ricardo Breceda Studio

Ricardo Breceda Studio

Ricardo Breceda Studio

Ricardo Breceda Studio

Ricardo Breceda Studio

Ricardo Breceda Studio


Thursday, November 21, 2013

We left Yuma heading west past the Imperial Sand Dunes, huge mountains of sand, then headed north for Niland where we were going to stay at Slab City an abandoned military base where the buildings are gone but the concrete foundations remain. We went passed Niland but did not find Slab City so we continued around the Salton Sea one of the largest inland bodies of water in the world. We stopped at Bombay Beach and took a good look at the water. The water was very salty with crusty growth all around the shore. We were going to stay at a State Park on the water but Sharon said it smelled too bad so we ended up at the Red Earth Casino around the other side of the sea. Lost $30 but we are still $214 ahead for the year.

Friday was a cool 54⁰ and rainy but we spent the whole day in the 634,000 acre Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. They have thousands of miles of dirt roads and we had to use four wheel drive to get to some of the places we wanted to go. On the East side of the park is Fonts Point overlooking the badlands and the old calcite mines from WW2. The park has two faults and has over 1000 earthquakes per year. It is also home to almost 60% of the worlds population of big horn sheep. In Borrego Springs after buying some humus and squash at the farmers market we went to the visitor center and watched the movie about the park and got a map to hundreds of metal sculptures by Ricardo Breceda in the area. We spent the night in the desert at Yaqui Pass. It was still drizzling and overcast so we weren’t able to view the parks famous “dark skies”.

Saturday on the recommendation of one of the park volunteers we went to the old west gold strike town of Julian loaded with historical landmark buildings. The gold fizzled out but the town is now known for its apple orchards and hard cider. They must have had thirty stores selling apple pies. We stopped at the Santa Ysabel Casino where we broke even gambling but received two free surf and turf dinners worth $19 each for joining there club. We stayed in the Oak Grove Campground in the Cleveland National Forest.

Sunday, after stopping at Wal-Mart in Temecula for eggs we stopped at Good Will and bought a suitcase for the cruise, that we can donate back when we get back. Then we stopped at Villa Lake Resort where we met Ricardo Breceda the artist/ sculptor of the metal designs we saw in the desert. He had a couple of hundred more sculptures there at the studio. He told us one horse takes him two weeks to make. Then we went to the Jojoba Hills SKP resort in Aguanga, it is a beautiful park with almost 300 sites. They have two hot tubs and a 65 foot pool, mens and womens saunas and many other activities. We lucked into a special 50% deal for full hook ups at $10 per day. Monday after swimming we went to the Ice cream social and I played pool in the evening. Tuesday I played poker.



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