Journal entry – 16 Feb 2016, Tues – More lazy desert days

Breakfast and then another bike ride across town. Made an after-ride smoothie – boy are those delicious!

Sitting outside for the breeze we spotted the neighbor’s puppy wandering our way. It wasn’t long before his keeper came following behind. We chatted for a bit. He and his wife bought an RV when he retired and for the last three years they’ve been coming here to Borrego Springs to escape the winter cold in Illinois.

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Eventually he wandered back over home and a few minutes later our other neighbor came to chat. Shane is retired Air Force and hit the road in December. This is his first boondocking stay. He also rides a motorcycle. Quite pleasant to talk to, we might have to go visit again before heading out. He’s given himself 4 years to see all 48 lower states, basically a month each. That sounds like a nice, round number.

After he headed back home we packed up the RV, leaving the motorcycle and trailer parked, and headed over to the Palm Grove campground for an empty and refill. We just passed the ranger leaving as we pulled in, so we self-payed the fee and circled in… to find the gate to the dump station closed! Looking for a “Host” sign, we circled through the campground and passed a ranger in a truck. We stopped him and asked what we could do – he let us in, opened up the exit gate, and let the host know what was going on. So after emptying out our tanks and, more importantly, refilling our fresh water tank, we pulled out and met the host as he came over to help lock up the gate as we left.

Stopped at the “Desert Pantry” on the way out of town for a few groceries – not a huge selection and a bit pricey but one of two options. Backed into our spot again and made a quick supper. Guess we’ll be vegetarians for the next few days, since we’re out of meat and didn’t want any of the frozen options at the DP.