Thursday, February 15, 2018

Leaving Luxury for the Wide Open Desert

February 12, 2018

It is Monday morning and time to pack up, leave these luxurious digs, and move back out into the desert. We are headed out to the  American Girl Mine Road. We stopped there for one night last year, it was our first official night boondocking in the desert with the Stinger "B". We were on our way to Borrego Springs at the time and though we liked it there we did not have much fresh water on board and needed to move on. As we left we talked about parking in the same area again in the future so today is the day we will be doing just that.

Before we left I did take some pictures of the area our site was in at the Fortuna De Oro RV Park. We were in site 751 and backed up to the main road into the park. Though, surprisingly even with the traffic coming and going there was no noticeable noise. The noise we did hear was from I-8, since, we were parked in the front of the park we were close to the interstate. Though, again surprisingly it was not as noticeable as we had thought it would be.

Our site, the Stinger "B" is pretty well ready to leave.

The motor home you are looking at is the one a gentleman came out of
to help Tom get the Stinger "B" in her site when we arrived.
I need to start writing down names. We were very grateful for the help.

The road behind us.

Looking off towards I-8

Out our front window.

Looking North.

While Tom finished getting the Stinger "B" ready to roll I walked
down to the end of the road. That is the sports area in the distance.

Looking back from the end of the road.
I can just make out the Stinger "B",  it looks like it has a Palm growing out of it.

It is a large park

that is beautiful and well maintained.

I did get the sign as we were leaving.
This was a wonderful park and we did enjoy our time here.

Looking out at green fields.
This is through my side window and screen.

We are about to enter California.

The road ahead.

We knew we were heading into construction and there it is.

Good news, the Ogilby Exit was open.

Ogilby Road 

We pulled off of the road into the area we planned on parking in and
this gentleman came walking over from his 5th Wheel.
Did not know what the conversation was about at the time
but there was a lot of arm waving and pointing going on.

He had actually came over to warn us about the soft sand.
He had just gotten himself unstuck, arrow above, after going back into
town to pick up some carpets to put under his wheels.
Luckily we had not planned on going any farther and after walking
 the area we did not find any soft spots where we wanted to park.
We really appreciated that he came over and warned us.
Especially since Tom is pretty sure we would need more
then carpets under the Stinger "B" to get us out.

After we got set up I took a short walk around our site and took these pictures.
The blue sky, white clouds, desert floor, and the mountains in the distance
not a bad place to spend a couple of days.

A little while later I noticed the clouds were growing darker and looking, in my opinion, beautiful coming over the Cargo Muchacho Mountains. So I grabbed my Nikon and went outside. A 100 plus pictures later the sun was down and I stopped. Yes, what follows is picture overload but really I did my best to narrow it down.

This is what brought me outside.

and this

plus this

and this.

Then looking towards the West the rays of the sun shining down behind
the clouds through the dust was beautiful.

Now the sunlight started to do a dance on the mountains.

Constantly lighting up different areas.

Looking back again at the sun I just loved how the rays were shining down.

There had to be one picture with the Ocotillo in it.

The light continued to dance across the Cargo Muchacho Mountains.

Then it was done.

Or so I thought, it had just moved a little over to my right

The Stinger "B" just hanging out in the desert.

and the show started again.

I found it fascinating to watch as the light continued to change.

Then it was dark again in certain areas

and in others the light danced on.

I could not stop taking pictures as it kept beautifully changing.

The mountains in the front are light while the ones in the back look black.

Off to the west we could really see the dust hanging in the air.
Which really enhanced the sun's rays.

Then they all looked light.

Then the ones in the front turned black and the ones in the back were light.

Then the sunset took on a golden glow.

Darkening clouds added to the contrast and beauty.

Then a few hints of color could be seen on the edges of the clouds.

Then this wonderful burst of color as the sun made its way behind the
clouds on the horizon.

The sun slipped away and after this one last picture
I put the camera down.

If you made it this far I hope you enjoyed the pictures as much as I enjoyed taking and sharing them.
Like I have said many times they do not really do justice to what we saw sitting there and taking it in but when I look at them I will remember. I will remember when we sat together watching the sun dance across the mountains with the clouds dark and beautiful with tinges of lovely pink adding to the beauty. 

I know, I know is already a long post with picture overload but I was
sitting inside looking out the window, working on this post  and thought, 
why are you sitting inside. So I grabbed my phone and went outside to take
 a couple of pictures of the wonderful mountains, white fluffy clouds,
sunshine and blue skies. Tom put out our chairs, brought out our coffee
and we just sat and enjoyed the moment. 


We truly are enjoying our time out here off of Ogilby Road. 
Hope you are enjoying your days.
If you would like to leave a comment, know that we read and enjoy each one.