I will start by saying it is great to be back on the open road once again. We had decided a while back that we wanted to join a big group of other nomadic friends in the desert outside Borrego Springs, California to ring in the new year. It would be a chance to reconnect with friends and make a whole lot of new ones. The group would be comprised of almost entirely of fulltime RVers. Not only that, it meant we could get back to boondocking once again. We made a stop over for one night in Yuma at a local casino, to meetup with friends Jase & Lauri of Wanderwasi and checkout Prison Hill Brewing Company. After some excellent breakfast, we traveled over to Borrego together. Many others had already arrived, some as early as before Christmas. It is
our first time staying in the area, quite a cool spot. Amazing views of grand mountains and sprawling vistas of the open desert. Over the course of few days our group grew….to say the least. I never did take an actual count, but there must have been at least 35+ rigs at the peak. A big majority of the group travels in Airstream trailers, I believe I heard a count as high as 24 of them. This was also the first time we had a chance to meet some of the many fulltime families on the road. Both Toni and I think it is awesome that families make a choice to live differently. It takes dedication to not only live as a family in a small space day to day, but to also school and raise children along the way. There is no doubt that these kids are getting an amazing experience to learn about traveling the country.
It is crazy to get to meet so many diverse and cool people that have chosen to live a nomadic life. From young families to retired folks and everything in between. It is also becoming very apparent to me that a MAJOR way to meet and keep up with fellow travelers is Instagram. This particular social media outlets is how most of the travelers at this gathering keep up with each other and even coordinate meeting up. For this gathering, nothing was formal and nothing was organized or planned. Activities just sort of sprang up. One of my favorite happened to be a bottle share, a chance to try a TON of great craft brews that many had been carrying around for just such an occasion. We had a chance to take
several hikes, do a bunch of off roading, geocache and check out the local area. There was an HUGE fire, it must have been 14′ long. Each night was a great gathering around the fire to chat and get to know each other. Some of the more artistic in the group created a Borrego (which is a big horn sheep) to be burned at midnight
on New Years Eve. Everyone in attendance signed the Borrego with some sort of message. One thing about the desert in the winter, it gets dark early! We are talking like 5:15. On New Years Eve we had a big old pot luck. Food was amazing, as expected from a group used to living on the road and preparing meals everyday in their RVs. Thing is, it started at before sunset, as did the evening fire.
So that meant hanging and talking at the fire for seven plus hours! Quite a feat. Some vanished into the darkness from time to time to grab a quick nap. Toni and I decided to try and make it all the way…..proudly we made it the entire night! The fire was blazing hot, skies were clear and the night was pretty great. As planned, at midnight, the Borrego was hoisted unto the fire and the countdown to New Years ensued. Could not think of a better way to ring in this New Year…here we come 2016!
Many of the group moved on to new destinations over the next few days. There were still campfires, but our area became thin. Toni and I pulled off a few more hikes and checked out local artwork. There is a bunch of metal artwork they call “sky art“. An artist named Ricardo Breceda created the artwork and there are said to be
over 125 of them in the area. The link above has some of the interesting story Breceda. Not sure we saw it all, but it was fun exploring and checking them out. I even managed to get some ariel footage of some of the sculptures. My favorite was Willis Jeep for sure. Our friends Pat and Donna made the drive over from Phoenix
to spend a couple days with us as well. We explored slot canyon and the wind caves. The second week has seen some crazy rain for the area. This area of the desert normally gets less than 1″ of rain per year and I would guess they got at least half that in the last three days. Toni and I ventured up palm canyon and were fortunate to make it to the palm grove and back out of the canyon before a huge rainstorm. The rain has knocked down
all the dust and made for great scenery. One one rainy day we took a roadtrip up to Julian, California. Only an hours drive away and at nearly 5000′, we though we may see some snow. No such luck, lots of rain, but no snow. It was still a very cool drive up the windy road. Toni discovered Nickel Beer Co., so we made a stop. Had a great chat with the owner and enjoyed some VERY tasty beers. Capped off this visit with dinner in a small cafe and some famous Julian apple pie to go. Fun rainy drive back into Borrego.
The stay, which is just one day short of two weeks, has given us a chance to really see how the new rig performs boondocking. We are very happy with the results. As I write this, one day before we head on down the road, we are still sitting with 29% fresh water and 24% gray water capacity left. Not bad at all, two weeks will work
easily. Power wise, no issues at all. The lowest I have seen on the battery bank is 83% and this is with the last three days being mostly all overcast. I am sad to admit, I did fire up the generator one time, but it was for less than one minute! It seems that after two weeks, our sleep number bed loses a bit of air, as Toni was feeling like she was sinking. The outlet that powers the sleep number bed compressor is not on the inverter, so it has not had power to keep pumped up. Oh the suffering we deal with roughing it!! So, other than 45 seconds of generator, we ran completely off our solar. I do plan to do a video about our system in the near future for those interested. We even used our slow cooker on the inverter as well.
So tomorrow we say goodbye to our Borrego spot and move on. Fun plans for the weekend coming up……This entry was posted in Blog and tagged beer, borrego, borregonewyear2016, desert, fulltime, gorving, kuhl, kuhlodyssey, livingthedream, nomadlife, rvblog, rvlife, seneca by Kurt Kuhl and comments are open.