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Thursday, November 24, 2011

The Day After…

Hopefully there were not too many leftovers and you all are not going to be eating turkey sandwiches, turkey soup, turkey and noodles, turkey hash…and so on for the next two weeks!  We got up Thursday morning, had breakfast out and then drove to Borrego Springs to check out the area.  We parked under a tree do Poppy would have shade and when we came out the tree was just full of these birds.  They were all very happy and making a lot of happy noise!
Can you tell me his name Judy?

Not saying this is how I would want to spend every Thanksgiving but for this one at least, we had a perfect day.  I didn’t have to get up at Zero –Dark –Thirty and get the turkey in the oven, I didn’t have to chop everything up for stuffing, no pies to bake, no green bean casserole to make.  It was great…but like I said, it was perfect for us at this one point in our lives.  Probably won’t do it the same way every year.

Our trip to Borrego Springs was everything we hoped it would be.  What a beautiful area, and it’s not a bad drive from Desert Hot Springs. 
anza sign

There were a lot of campers in the area for the long weekend but I imagine it is very quiet during the week.  Most of the area is dispersed camping…you just find a spot in the sand and pull over!



Most folks were here for only one reason this weekend and that was to ride their dirt bikes and ATVs.  They all seemed to be having a lot of fun.


Look closely at the top of this hill.  We watched this guy drive his jeep up there.


There was a lady running a recycling center of sorts at one of the more developed campgrounds.  She was all set up for collecting cans and seemed to have things well organized.  We got to talking to her and she shared a wealth of information about the area.  She said she was retired…worked as a Border Patrol Agent for 24 years and had to retire on medical when she got shot.  What a brave lady…I somehow failed to get her name, but she posed for a picture.  What a great personality.

Poppy enjoyed our stops too.  I had to caution her about sticking her nose into all the little holes she was finding.  Stop Poppy – that’s an ANT HILL!

And stay away from these too.


Much of the desert here is just a series of huge fissures in the landscape.  I don’t know what they are called but they are too big to be arroyos.  It’s like looking at a mini Grand Canyon.  This landscape goes on for as far as the eye can see.


The little village of Borrego Springs is where we stopped and ate our picnic lunch.  Upon entering the town, there is a large traffic circle called Christmas Circle.  The interior of this circle is a beautiful park, with manicured lawns, many variety of trees, picnic tables, sparkling clean restrooms, and covered walkways.  It is absolutely beautiful.

Even Poppy enjoyed the park.  Have you ever seen a more contented dog?


This is getting too long so I will do the trip back tomorrow.

Good Night All.


  1. What a pretty bird! Great pictures too!

  2. That whole concept of "dispersed camping" is always something that gets me a little "giddy". Such a great idea!

  3. Looks like a great park and camp. Dispersed Camping, I think I have heard of that before, Like if your Fire base was overrun you wouldn't all get killed at once. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna...

  4. Hope to do some "dispersed camping" someday ... nothing like it around here :-)))

  5. you're bird appears to be a female grackle

  6. We always enjoy driving out to Anza-Borrego. Glad you had a beautiful day!

  7. what a brave soul that dear lady is...great pictures..what happened to poor poppy's back? Have a super day...

  8. Awww yes, Borrego Springs. One of our favorite places. We have been traveling there each winter for 4 years now and will be there this winter again at some point before too long. Just a super great quiet little town snuggled up against the mighty San Ysidro mountains. And ya just gotta love that green grass Christmas Circle:))

  9. Heyduke is correct, your bird is a female great-tailed grackle. Those birds sure can make a racket!

    Dispersed camping is fine, but I sure wouldn't enjoy all the ATVs and bikes and all their noise!

  10. great day for a tour..glad you all enjoyed yourselves!!

  11. We love Borrego Springs area. We go every year and boon dock for a few days. That is where we are headed next. We are heading to Desert Hot Springs after that. We were hoping to meet you folks before you leave. Take care & God Bless! Judy from Rvlifeonwheels

  12. Haven't made it to Borrego Springs yet but sure would like to. Sounds like a really nice Thanksgiving day to me. But since we really like the turkey sandwiches, turkey noodle soup, turkey hash, etc. I'd want a turkey somewhere along the way.

  13. We always make sure we make at least one trip to Borrego Springs each year. Your pictures captured it perfectly along with desert scenes nearby. That jeep pic is pretty amazing!

    Glad to see you had a great Thanksgiving Day!

  14. We loved Borrego Springs as well when we camped there last winter for the first time. Love the circle, the weekend farmers market, the laid back atmosphere and the wind rustling the glistening palm fronds. Can't wait to get back there, but this time I am staying home for Christmas. Just as you said, we won't do it the same way every year. Glad you are having fun and enjoying the sunshine.

  15. This is my first visit to your site. I connect through Rick and Paulette's blog. Nice job!
    We loved Borrego Springs. So peaceful. How interesting about the recycling lady.
    I read on Rick's blog that you two have met...face-to-face. Glad you had a great visit. Enjoy your stay.

  16. That area is certainly on our list. Looks like you really enjoyed it! Glad you had a great time! Blessings, Kathy

  17. looked like a fabulous day! Hope to see you again before you leave...

  18. I love the photos of the "fissures" in the mountains - I can't believe the beauty in the different areas, the mountains all look different, but they're all interesting and beautiful. I'm looking forward to seeing more of Borrego Springs.

    I was also wondering about Poppy's back, did she have a large hot spot? She's such a pretty dog, and yes, she does look very contented! :)