Tuesday, May 23, 2017

San Diego, 2.5 - 8

Guess what's only 4 hours from Quartzsite? San Diego!! Our friends Mac and Carole live in Oceanside and agreed to host us. The are long time volunteers at the zoo and gave us a great tour. We really enjoyed our time with them, look forward to seeing them both again soon.

Karla's friend Kristin also lives in SD, so she went out a few days early to visit with her. I enjoyed the ride out solo, definitely different country out here than either of us are used to.

Sand dunes!

The San Diego Zoo is fantastic, if you haven't been get it on your list. I really dislike zoos, but it's hard not to get behind a place like this. I have a bunch of photos, here's a few of them.

These two hung out for a good while. This poor guy really seemed sad.

These two had a bit of a row.

Check out that look...

I might be humanizing, but listening to her/him wail on and on made me want to cry.

The following day we spent the day enjoy some of the sites of San Diego. First stop was the dog beach in Oceanside. Derby LOVED IT.

Well except the ocean part... She's not one for water and this was rather intimidating... She was still a very good girl and posed for the camera.

Balboa Park was up next, wow that was spectacular. 

This ficus tree was planted prior to 1915!

The Botanical Building was beautiful, completed in 1916.

Some great mountain roads for the trip home, so we opted for an early start. I've been wanting to try the pie in Julian for a while now. The riding was super fun, especially on a week day with no traffic.

So much twisty goodness. Great views too.  Glad we got up early.

Julian pie was excellent! I had photos of the pie, but lost them when my phone fried itself... Use your imagination.

Had fun exploring the sculptures in Borrego Springs before heading back to Quartzsite.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Quartzsite 1.12 - 2.12

Karla and I have planned this trip since we first started talking about full time RVing. Quartzsite during the winter months is a well known haven for snowbirds and full timers. One of the largest RV and trade shows is held here every January. Most of the notable RV clubs and groups also hold annual gatherings.

We decided to hook up with a club called the Xscapers, a group for full time rvers that haven't yet retired. While the group really wasn't what we were expecting, we enjoyed ourselves making new friends and the area was fantastic. The desert is a beautiful place in the winter! Loads of riding right outside our door, sunsets and sunrises like we hadn't seen in months, and the town of Quartzsite really catered to RVers. Good for us as this was our first attempt at long term boondocking! We found some additional wiring for our solar setup and a new house battery in town.

Enough yabbering, photos!

We arrived the day before the Xscapers gathering officially started, snagged the perfect spot at the bottom of the rally area. Outside our front door was nothing but open desert.

Plenty of cactus, of all kinds!!

Derby's snow boots certainly came in handy, glad we kept them. They did a great job protecting her feet on our daily walks.

Great hiking

Took a ride out to the famous Desert Bar. Set on an old copper mine, originally opened in the 70s and runs on solar power. It's pretty much in the middle of nowhere, only open in the summer, cash only and accessible by dirt road only. Yes!!

The bar is just ahead

We also sorted out our shower situation. We don't use the shower in our RV. It's tiny, probably leaks and would use way too much water (we have really small tanks). Our good friend Jason from Amazon recommended we try using a weed sprayer to make an outdoor shower, and let me tell you it works great! We've fine tuned the system since, the trailer works as a great "indoor" shower when the weather is cooler.

The low desert southwest really treated us well. Enjoyed our time there, meeting people, sorting out boondocking and doing a lot of great riding. Even got a great trip in to San Diego! That's for another blog post though....