After the Xscapers convergence wrapped in Joshua Tree, it was on to Borrego Springs. I’ve been in the area before and really enjoy all the things to do and see there. John and Becky of AdventureNext continued to
travel along with me and have never been to the area. Our boondocking spot on Rockhouse Rd was WAY different than the last time I was here, maybe five total other rigs. But, this is due to the fact we are right at the end, if not past the season for this area. Temps were predicted to climb into the 90’s possibly during the stay. We took advantage of the cool mornings and got in some hiking, checking out both “the slot” and the palm canyon just outside of town. There was a great sunset trip out to Fonts Point one evening for a view of the badlands of Borrego. We caught one of the last farmers markets of the season and scored some great hummus dip that John used to create what was the best pizza I’ve had in a longgggg time. To escape the heat, we took an afternoon trip up to Julian for some apple pie and a visit to Nickel Beer Co, one of my favorite breweries from all my travels. Turned out to be a perfect day up on the hill. After one day of 90+, the decision was made to move on toward San Diego earlier than planned.
Being as our reservations in San Diego were not for a few more days, I suggested we stop at the Viejas Casino north of town where they allow you to stay free of charge in your RV for three nights. I knew it was a great spot and convinced John and Becky to come along. We had an amazing drive, just the kind I like, up and over the mountains thru Julian and down the other side to the casino. It was a twisty, steep and narrow road…..so much fun! When we arrived the first thing John and Becky did was comment on the cool drive….like minds have the same thoughts! After getting level, the one big challenge in the Viejas parking lot, we wondered over to check in with security and let them know we were here. For those that have not been, this place is like a mini-Vegas. The casino is huge, they have a factory stores mall, a giant dancing fountain under a big canopy, a
bowling alley and many places to grab a bite. The hotel is equally impressive. Somehow we made our way to the pool area and wound up at the poolside bar. Becky commented it was just like being on vacation! Cool breeze, the sounds of waterfalls and ice cold beer. I believe we were planted on those stools for quite some time. While hanging in the area, we had several bike rides, made quite challenging by the steep hills around the area. Just so happens that Alpine Beer Co. is just a four mile bike ride from the casino, and I may or may not have made a couple of afternoon stops while biking into town to bring mail to the post office for work. We did not end up hitting the bowling lanes, but we did partake in some frozen yogurt and a Taco Tuesday night at Rubios. Blazing fast internet made work a breeze and we mostly had the parking lot to ourselves. Security granted us an extra night, seeing how we are such great guests. It was the perfect spot to rest up for a week in San Diego.
The decision to hit San Diego for a week, was a last moment one. More of my good friends, Shannon and Dave Bassett of 2WanderAway are spending a month at Mission Bay RV Resort. They rank at the top of my “diversion worthy” list and it was not a tough call to book a week. They even treated us to an amazing chicken dinner on the night of our arrival. It was awesome spending the week with great friends, I had not seen Shannon and Dave since Mount Angel Octoberfest in Oregon last year. I apologize for the photos, they seem to all be focused around beer. Tough for that not to happen in San Diego, it is a beer lovers mecca. My cousin Richie and friend Bobby came over from Phoenix for the weekend as well. If was a pretty rushed and beer filled couple of days. I felt sorry for them having to drive back to Phoenix on Sunday while I got to catch up on sleep. CC was in heaven having her daily strolls around the point and chasing squirrels. It was obvious she remembered this place well. Aside from the great beers, I managed quite a few miles on the bike around the bay and up and down Pacific Beach as well. There were several awesome sunset evenings at the Bassett’s bayside campsite. By mistake, we ended up at Balboa Park to see the Spreckles Organ during the Earthday Celebration. Normally us nomads avoid the crowded times and try to hit places up on the weekdays. But, it was a great time anyway. I did a little RV upgrade project that I had been talking myself into as well. The Seneca now has on board laundry facilities. Complete with drilling a hole in the side of the RV for the dryer vent (some thought I was crazy, but hey, I cut a 36″ x42″ hole in the side of my last RV for an outside television so a 4″ hole was not scary at all). Be on the lookout for a new video on my Youtube channel about the washer/dryer install. I went crazy and washed everything in the RV, being as this is the first time I’ve had full hookups since October, 13 2016! I also made an attempt to see if I could take a long enough hot shower to deplete my 10 gallon hot water heater seeing how as I had free electricity. After what seemed like 15 minutes I just gave up, I was sick of being in the shower. Still had no sign of running out yet. I have to say after several months of navy showers, it felt incredibly wasteful to be in the shower so long!
On my last night in San Diego, John and Becky fixed us some amazing fajitias and margaritas. It was only then I learned that John and Becky decided to extend their stay for a three more weeks! The pressure was on from all directions to extend my stay. While it was REALLY tempting, I just did not want to endure the budget impact for a longer stay at this time. Although, I did book the entire month of April for 2018, a group is building… I have been chasing John and Becky for nearly a month, so I figure they are good and done with me anyway. The next couple of weeks I will be boondocking on my own, really the first stretch since losing Toni. I am looking forward to some solitude, but I’m certain I’ll will miss the company as well. But, I know there is a big community of support our there and I will no hesitate to plug right back in often. For now, on to the high desert of California for some exploring and relaxing and on to Flagstaff…..the Overland Expo is coming soon!This entry was posted in Blog and tagged beer, beertravel, brewery, california, craftbeer, craftbeertravel, fulltime, gorving, kuhl, kuhlodyssey, livingthedream, nomadlife, rv, rvblog, rvlife, rvtravel, seneca, xscapers by Kurt Kuhl and comments are open.