Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Taxes, A Ride, and Revisiting Metal Sculptures in the Desert

(Clicking on the pictures will open them larger in a new window.)

February 19, 2018

Today I managed to get out of bed in time to see the sunrise.

Looking out the door it was just starting to peek up over the
mountains way off in the East.

There it is and we are hoping it brings its warmth to our day.
It is still very windy and that makes it a little chilly.

Tom decided today was the day to finish with and submit our income taxes. Doesn't that sound like fun? Since, I did not want to take away from his having this fun, by possibly talking, I decided to take a ride into Borrego Springs. We want to do some exploring while we are here and it was my job today to get some information on the area. First stop, the Chamber of Commerce then on to the  Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Welcome Center to pick up some maps and information about the area. After I accomplished this task I stopped to pick up a few things at the market. I am having fun, also, just not as much as Tom is

Borrego Springs is a small community of  around 3,400 permanent residents but like so many southwest communities is "home" to thousands more  looking for the sun's warmth in the winter months. It is a beautiful place sitting in the middle of Anza-Borrego State Park surrounded by mountains. The list of things to do and see is endless. There are the metal sculptures in the desert (which I will share in the next couple of blogs), so many different trails to hike and Jeep, Font's Point where you can stand and look over the badlands, there is a beautiful drive up into the mountains that includes delicious apple pie in Julian California, and, if you know the place, a hike to see a stone snake. Just to name a few. Or it can be a place to just sit back, relax, and enjoy the view.  Tom and I will spend time exploring, some places we will revisit and some will be new. We will also spend time just being here knowing there is always next time and this is not a quest, like pre-retirement vacations, it is a lifestyle to be enjoyed. How long we will stay has yet to be determined.


Shadows on the Santa Rosa's.

Stopped on my ride into Borrego Springs to take a few pictures
of the beauty surrounding this area.

If we wanted to live in California this would not be a bad choice.
The views go on forever.

I decided to take the long way home and turned down Borrego Valley Road.
These palms lined the road on my left for a short distance. They totally
block what ever is on the other side. I wonder if that was the owner's plan?

I never get tired of these views and I cannot seem to stop taking pictures.

Citrus trees with beautiful majestic mountains as a back drop.

Did I mention the views go on forever?

I took a ride into Peg Leg. I could see this monument and wanted
to take a picture of it.

Who is Peg Leg Smith?
Click on the picture to enlarge it and find out.

Suzie and George, I  thought of you as I drove in Peg Leg today.
Not many rigs parked in here right now.

Home off of Rockhouse Canyon Road.
We are presently living in the shadow of the Santa Rosa Mountains.

Clouds low over the mountains continuously changing our view .

A cloud stretching across the top of the mountain as the sun set was gorgeous.
(I am going to run out of descriptive words soon.)

One last burst of light

and the sun has left for the day.

If we were at home in the UP and saw this cloud formation
we would be saying here comes the rain.

As the sun slipped behind the clouds and mountains. The last of its light
seemed to push through the clouds towards my left.

You can see how much it has traveled past the small white travel trailer.
(The middle one.)

The last little bit of light before darkness descends on our day.
(Borrego Springs is a certified Dark Sky Community and has very
little light pollution to spoil the view of the night sky.)

The taxes are done, yeah!
My fingers were freezing as I captured the sun setting in the West but it was beautiful to watch.
 We spent the evening sitting cozily inside the Stinger "B" as the wind howled outside.
It was a good way to end the day. Hope you looked back on your day and felt the same way.

February 20, 2018

Today's plan, until we checked the weather, was to take a ride up to Julian for apple pie. Somehow a high of 42 degrees did not sound inviting. Looking ahead we are thinking maybe Sunday or Monday when there is the possibility it will get up into the 50's. (The ride to Julian for pie is a must in Tom's book though I would have to agree the ride is wonderful and the pie is delicious.)

Plan "B", lets go and revisit the metal sculptures in the desert. Last year we did see them all but we spread it out and did this on three different days. I am here to tell you with determination you can see and photograph all of them in one afternoon. By the end, though, it does become less and less fun to get in and out of the vehicle.

Di Giorgio Road
We saw sections like this in several different areas today. 

Mountains surround us on all sides.

There are Velociraptors in front of the Chamber of Commerce.

The sculptures in the desert were commissioned by Dennis Avery
the landowner of Galleta Meadows. The sculptor is Ricardo Breceda. 

I took 303 pictures today, mostly of the sculptures and I have included a couple in today's blog. The "plan" is to organize the pictures and publish them in there own blog. I had planned to do this last year but never got around to it. I, sincerely, plan to do better this year. So more information and pictures will be coming shortly.

The Serpent slithers across the desert.
It even goes down and under Borrego Springs Road.

 I believe this is a Diamond Cholla.

The entrance to the De Anza Country Club.
We took a wrong turn.

The Saguaro.

Barrel Cactus

The Teddy Bear Cholla, cute but not cuddly.

Our last stop and as we left I noticed the Tyrannosaurus Rex
was looking out over his kingdom.

More to add to my collection; it is amazing what can be seen on the floor of the desert.

I saw this and thought "Angry Bird".

A dragon.

You have to really look but I see a tiny baby alligator.

Looking out over the Clark Dry Lake.

The sun setting on our day.

It has slipped behind mountains

and with one little last burst of light it was gone.

"Each day is a little lifetime.
Enjoy every moment."

The wind has died down but the temperature has dropped, the highest we saw today was 58 degrees. The sky made up for the cooler temperatures as it was a beautiful clear blue
 and when you sat still in the sun you could feel the warmth. 
As I am writing this tonight it is 42 degrees outside and there is an overnight frost advisory
but we are safe and warm inside the Stinger "B". 
Our wish is that where ever you are you feel safe and warm. 

If you would like to leave a comment we would enjoy hearing from you.


  1. glad you have your Taxes finished and that you are still finding time to do some exploring.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

    1. Tom took care of the taxes and is very, very happy to have them done. Like so many places in the southwest this is a wonderful area to explore.

  2. Your pictures are beautiful, Deb! Thank you helping me to relive Borrego Springs. Many things we fell in love with too. We also took that wrong turn into the country club. Bill wouldn't drive through when I asked. :)
    Enjoy your time there, I know you love it.

    1. Thank you and you are welcome, Patsy. We thought of you both when we stopped to take pictures of the dinosaurs...:)
      We did not drive through either just took pictures on the edge. Maybe another day it looks gorgeous.
      We do love it here.

  3. Love the pictures Deb! Glad your taxes are done, we will be dropping ours off in the next few days. Just glad to get rid of them! The sculptures are incredible! Isn't it nice to be able to take so many pictures and not wonder how you're going to pay for them to be developed? Just delete or keep..nice. Glad you're nice and warm in your Stinger B!

    1. Tom/we are very happy to have the taxes done.
      The sculptures really are something to see and it makes for a nice afternoon riding around and finding them.
      You are so right about taking pictures, if I had to pay to have them developed there would have been only one of each
      Hope to be reading that you and Ken are on you way soon.

  4. Got'er done. Hope you get a big refund!😂.

    Going to sit back and enjoy your great photos. Much easier than doing it myself. I never tire of that place.

    Glad you picked up maps and other information. Will say everything you time.


    1. The big refund...ha...ha...ha...we wish.

      I do not think we will ever tire of this place either, so many places to explore. Thanks for the information about the map and where to get it. Glad you like my photos.

  5. Love the pictures. Glad the taxes are complete! Congrats Tom on a job well done.

    We love the area, and agree that it's a place to call one back many times over. So much to see and do. I have no doubt you will enjoy many of them.

    Looking forward to seeing more of the area through your eyes and your words.


    1. Glad you enjoyed the pictures, Deb.
      Tom is a very happy man to have that job out of the way.
      It is a beautiful are with so many place to explore; I am sure it will continue to call us back.

  6. Love Borrego springs and seem to fit in nicely at Peg Leg Smith,(thanks for thinking if us) but this year our plans did not work out to get back there, maybe next year, ya never know for sure until we get there. Keep having too much fun there.

    1. We do love it here, also. The problem, and what a problem to have, is there are so many beautiful places to see and visit. Sometimes we plan one thing and end up somewhere totally different. The beauty of having your home on wheels.