Ocotillo Wells BLM, Salton Sea, California
A better sleep with the help of a night time cold pill. Not how I'd like it but it is what it is. A nice morning here but the wind has steadily picked up all day. We've pulled in the big slide as it makes the topper snap and crackle and we don't want to see it flapping down over the window when it rips off. So we will make do.
This morning I chatted with the folks across the way and learned some interesting things. They are from Germany. They are carpenters, or at least two of them are, I think there are three all together. They have a couple of off road bikes and at least one street cycle. They pull a cargo van behind a pickup with a truck camper. The fella (I didn't get his name) said they work from April until Dec and then come to the USA for 3 months to avoid the winter weather back home. They've been doing it for 16 years.
I strolled along in the edges of the badlands and took numerous photos. The paths are rutted and rough, the walls are close and it's extremely hilly here. There are numerous rocks/stones around but also what it's called mudstone. It dries out and flakes off or chunks fall off changing the looks of the wall until the outer shell once again dries up and falls off. An interesting cycle for certain. The colours are natural I didn't change anything. However the placement of the sun also makes a difference in the photo. All photos were taken this morning before 11 AM PST.
The wind kept picking up and made things difficult for taking photos with dust blowing around and the tops of the hills were extremely windy, so I opted to come back home. I chatted with a different neighbour on my way back. Him and his little dog are full timers too. His newly purchased (less than a month) solar panel suitcase fell over in last nights winds and smashed one half, now it doesn't work. I suggested calling the company and explaining what happened, maybe they will give him a new one or at least prorate this one. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
Tomorrow we have plans to go to Indian Wells, California to visit Janet & Dennis, or at least Janet. Dennis will probably by out on the golf course. After that we are going to head back to the Yuma area for a few weeks, we have some plans there.
I have changed the colours of the text in the photos to better show up against each background. I've been experimenting using iPhoto and I'm trying to decide if it's worth the extra trouble. I have a great deal of trouble loading photos from Google Photos to iPhotos and then to the blog. A pain in the ...... however I'm still testing out various things. Comments would be welcomed.
Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed the visit.
Until next time....
Take care, stay safe,
Do those Germans take their truck back and forth or do they leave it here?ReplyDelete
They leave everything in Yuma at a storage facility of some kind.Delete
For me the YELLOW was very hard to read against the sand color. Need a contrasting color!ReplyDelete
Thanks. I will try to avoid yellow in the future.Delete
Lots of beautiful scenery in the badlands. Rugged and dry like my personality. Have a save trip today and get some pictures.ReplyDelete
I love the badlands. The views are quite different even from over at Truckhaven to here. More washes there, more hills here.Delete
I like your clear crisp photos of the Borrego Badlands and like you, I prefer the desert as well. The last time Kelly and I were there we got lost and had to flag down some ATVs and ask for directions. Turns out we were very close to Ocotillo Wells. There are palm trees in those Badlands if one knows where to look and also an interesting area known as The Pumpkin Patch. We bought a driving map of the badlands after we got lost and haven't been back since. It just don't figure do it.ReplyDelete
Thanks Al. I can see how it would be very easy to get turned around in there. It’s difficult to find any kind of marker or something to recognize since it’s so twisty and hilly. Another time I will look into the Pumpkin Patch. And no I didn’t know there were palms in the badlands. Keep that map handy, I may call and need directions!Delete