We’ve been having a lovely time hanging out in the Anza-Borrego desert these past couple weeks, our spot for observing the holidays last year.
It’s a stunningly beautiful area, with ample free and unlimited boondocking nearby the darling town of Borrego Springs, which has all the basic amenities you might need – a post office, market, a few cafes, a laundromat and a hardware store.
We’re now on day 14 of being consecutively off-grid – the longest we’ve done in one spot in the bus. The solar fully deployed is more than ample (we have half our 800w of roof panels tilted, and all 600w of our flexible ‘ground’ panels tilted). We’ve been splurging on heating water off electric, running personal space heaters, and even baking a cheesecake in the convection oven – just to use the energy that is more than we can store.
Getting back to our water conservation ways of boondocking years past, our holding tanks are also serving us well. We don’t have gauges that work, so it’s all guess work – but we have about 100 gallons of fresh water, 90 gallons of grey and 45 of black. In ‘normal’ usage we’re usually good for 10 days in-between dumps.
But we hope to eek out at least a couple more days before we have to pull up stakes and head off to a dump station. We suspect it will be the black tank that will be our limiting factor, which on a visual inspection it seems we might have 3 or 4 days left on it.
Aside from watching our solar panel readout like kids in a candy store, we’ve been keeping busy with lots of exploring and interestingly enough, socializing.
Parked out here is like being in a huge spread out ranch style suburban neighborhood – you have lots of space between lots, but also a lot of lots. As the new year approached, it’s filled in quite a bit since our arrival – but nothing even close to bordering on ‘packed in’.
With more people, of course brings more new friends to make – including many other fellow bloggers such as Al & Kelly of The Bayfield Bunch, Nan & John of Trippin With The Talleys, Lynda & Howard of stillhowlyntravels, Gaelyn of GeoGypsy, Dianne & Tom of TD HOMESTEAD, Dan & Marlene (and kiddos) of Mali Mish, Kerri of ASoloJourner and Jeff & Deb of Rolling Recess. And of course, we’ve shared this time with Nina of WheelingIt – Paul just got back yesterday from his trip. (Whew, I hope I remembered everyone… and there are rumors of more heading in soon too!)
I’ll tell the rest of our story out here in pictures… because this area is worthy of pictures. Lots of them.
One evening earlier this week, we had a blog reader write and invite Chris, Nina and myself out for a little off-roading to view a spectacular sunset at nearby Font’s Point. Thank you for the amazing experience:
A white New Year’s…
Wishing you and yours a 2015 filled with adventures and magical memories! Thank you for being part of ours!
As soon as our tanks tell us we should depart, we’ll likely pull up stakes and seek out our next location. We’d like to explore more boondocking locations in the southwest – seeking amazing places to be. We’re also craving something a little less social for a bit to recharge.
We’ll probably try to drop by the big thing in Quartzite later in the month, and other than that – we have no firm plans but being in Tucson in early March.
If you have suggestions for us in southern California or western Arizona – let us know (in comments, or e-mail to email@example.com works too)! Despite all our years on the road – the desert southwest is mostly all new territory for us.