Quartzsite & Mesa, AZ

March 23, 2018

We left Borrego Springs on March 15th and headed east towards Quartzsite. We planned to spend some time there before figuring out where to go next as we worked our way back towards home. As we were travelling we got a message from our friends Kathy & Scott. They were driving north from Yuma and stopping in Quartzsite. We agreed to meet on Plomosa Rd. and arrived a couple of hours after them.

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We stayed on Plomosa Rd for 5 nights and did some hikes across the desert. We also hit up Silly Al’s with Kathy & Scott. The first night we went there the power was out in town due to an accident so we had to go back again and did so on St Patricks Day. Jane took food coloring so that we could have green beers.

We considered going to the Wickenburg area again but then we heard from Bill and Sue who were in a park in Mesa, AZ so decided to go there for a few days of pool time and hanging out. This would also give us a spot to get caught up on laundry and general cleaning. The truck was covered in desert dust and need a wash.

I did get a picture of the B-17 from Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum as it flew overhead. There were also other vintage planes flying past on occasion.

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Borrego Springs – Wrap up

March 15, 2018

We left Borrego Springs so I’m putting up some pictures that weren’t put into specific activity entries.

A few from the Salton Beach area.

Some night sky and sunset pictures. The small motorhome belongs to Kathie and Rick from BC who drover over from Desert Hot Springs to spend a few nights boondocking with us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Borrego Springs – Coyote Canyon

March 13, 2018

North of the town of Borrego Springs is Coyote Canyon. It is accessed by driving off the north end of Di Giorgio Rd. The trail is mostly a sandy surface and no problem to travel with a 2WD vehicle. Some spots have large rocks that need to be taken slow but we never needed to use 4WD. The Chev 3500 SRW is better for trail driving than the Ford F350 DRW we had last year. The trails we’ve driven this year and narrow enough at points that the mirrors hit bushes, with the dually we’d have lots of desert rash on the rear fenders.

We drove as far as the 3rd creek crossing. I could have crossed over it but we decided to turn around at that point.

The plant life up in the canyon was starting to bloom. The ocotillo’s had leaf growth on the stems and flowers on top.

 

Borrego Springs – Hellhole Canyon

March 8, 2018

On the outskirts of Borrego Springs is a hike up through Hellhole Canyon to Maidenhair Falls. The trail starts at a parking lot off the side of S22. The first part of the trail is easy to follow as you hike up the wide canyon entrance.

Further up as the canyon narrows the trail becomes poorly defined and with hikers going various ways over the years there are lots of paths, many of them don’t work out or cross back over others.

After about 2.5mi of hiking Jane decided that she had gone far enough and as there was another couple there she decided to sit while I climbed on further to see if I could find the falls. The hike became more of a climb as I scrambled over large rocks, jumped gaps between them and just generally picked random directions. I tried climbing along the canyon wall which worked for a bit until I’d come to a 30′ drop and have to back track. I’d gone about 0.5mi further on when Jane phoned and said she was going back down with the other people so I turned and headed back myself. It was quicker travelling back downhill.

 

The descriptions I found indicated that there was a flowing falls and water pool. With the lack of rain there were no falls and the only running water was a trickle under the palm trees. The ferns on the rock slope are where the waterfall is supposed to be, when there has been rain. The bones are a deer that fell victim to a mountain lion.

We survived another one. Jane with no damage, me with scratched and bleeding legs from scrambling over the rocks and through the bushes. 🙂

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Borrego Springs – Clark Dry Lake Bed

March 7, 2018

We took a drive to the north of where we are camped. The roadway was bumpy and led to the Clark Dry Lake bed below the boondocking area. Either had to drive slow enough to not shake the truck on the bumps or fast enough to skip over them. Fast seemed to work better for the most part.

There is the remnants of an old quarry on the edge of the lake bed. Also an old dirt runway used to cross the lake. We drove around to the back side of the lake bed and headed further in toward the mountains. Not knowing what hiking trails were back there we turned around and worked our way back. Looks like there is a hike out to some pictographs at the base of the mountains so we may drive back down there again if we get the time.

Borrego Springs

March 6, 2018

We arrived in the Borrego Springs area on March 5th after leaving Desert Hot Springs. After a short walk around the Rockhouse Rd boondocking area we got ourselves setup on the south side. Door is facing the south so if I need to tilt the panels I won’t need to relocate the trailer. As long as I can get the batteries full by noon I won’t bother tilting them.

 

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Tuesday (the 6th) we drove up through the mountains west of Borrego Springs heading towards Warner Springs. The Pacific Crest Trail passes though the town at about mile 112 from the south end. One of our nephews is starting onto the trail April 4th with the plan to spend the summer hiking north towards Canada. Jane and I hiked about 2mi north of town along the trail. I had taken a beer with me and buried it beside a tree at a rest stop. As long as it isn’t found in the next month then it’ll be there when Nick gets to the area and there is a creek running nearby to chill it.

 

On the way back to Borrego Springs we pulled off into the primitive camping areas and did a couple of short hikes. We didn’t find the actual spring on the Pena Springs trail as the path we were on led us down below the spring. So many random paths when you start hiking that it’s usually hard to find the correct trail. Figured it was within the trees we could see and when I checked later that’s where it was. Maybe we’ll get back up there before we leave the area and have another go at it. There are some great views as S22 works its way up and over the mountains heading west.