stillhowlyn's travels 2008 travel blog

Our little piece of "Heaven"!

Joan & Al come by for a visit!

Our beautiful mountains that call for a hike!

Time for "sundowners"!

Howard (Blue blur) jogs!

I geocache for "Desert Gold"; N 33 -19.363, W 116-16.289!

This looks like a nice campsite!

Practicing the tripod running technique!

We have arrived in our desert sanctuary for much needed time to decompress from the holidays, meditate on the beauty that surrounds us and be thankful for all our blessings! Truthfully, this place really becomes a spiritual destination that follows what seems like months caught up in much fun and frivolity, materialism gone beserk, too much "stuff" taking on way too much importance. We need an "attitude adjustment" and got just that from a recent reading of Tom Robbins' "Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates"! This man is both irreverent and brilliant, deceptively funny yet dead serious in confronting the "Big Issues". He writes:

"Things. Things attach themselves like leeches to the human soul, then they bleed out the sweetness and the music and the primordial joy of being unencumbered upon the land. People feel tremendous pressure to settle down in some sort of permanent space and fill it up with stuff, but deep inside they resent those structures, and they're scared to death of that stuff because they know it controls them and restricts their movements."

Well, some stuff is necessary, like our new camera, our new Wilson 3-watt antenna/booster that provides us with full cell phone and broadband internet in a location that would otherwise be totally devoid of electronic communication. Oh my, what would we do then? Well, we would and will hike, read, visit with the occasional neighbor who just happens to drop by, do some chores, go into town a few times, especially on market day, and take long drives with our new book, "Hiking Anza-Borrego Desert State Park". We will reconnect with what we love about our lifestyle!

The "Beauty of the Blog" is that you can air your attitudes one day, and change them the next. So let's go shopping! Long live Capitalism!

And be very careful about how you react/respond to certain "ordeals" that you might find very funny that just happen to befall your very good friends! Our dears, Sharon & Rodger, had just left Benson heading toward Quartzsite, and were bombarded with numerous and continuous set-backs like hitch problems, air bags, electrical, hot water - nothing major right?! Well Sharon is a brilliant writer and I was doubling over in laughter just reading about all their misshaps!

All of a sudden we notice the regulator on our solar panels is literally going beserk, then we smell electrical burning! Howard runs to the battery compartment and finds that one of the wires/connectors had burned out so we immediately turn off the inverter and he runs to the hardware store in Borrego Springs to get whatever he needs to repair.

OK, that done just before our invited company, Joan and Al, are coming over for dinner. Now we really want to put on a good spread for them, gourmet food and wine connoisseurs they are! We all come inside to watch the remainder of the Giants/Dallas game just before dinner and there are a couple of bathroom visits. Well, Joan goes first, then Al follows. I am busy at the kitchen counter finishing the mushrooms and salad when my feet are suddenly covered in water. In fact, the whole rear end of the motorhome is flooded! Apparently, the toilet did not shut off after the last visit and clean (thank God)water just poured out and found the lowest point. Everyone is running around frantically looking for something, anything, to soak up all the water. We used every towel we had plus all the dirty clean-up ones in the basement, not to mention the pile of dirty clothes (how embarrassing!) I had piled up next to the bed ready for the laundry tomorrow!

Moral of story: He who laughs at the missfortunes of others just might get bitten in the arse! Dinner, though hardly gourmet, turned out good in spite of total chaos! The usual, hard to beat, BBQ'd tritip, salad, sauteed mushrooms accompanied by a great red "Fess Parker" wine from his Santa Barbara County vineyards, brought by Al and Joan.

Also pleased to report that today, Monday the 14th, all embarrassing laundry and wet soggy towels are clean and properly stored, bedroom carpet mostly dry thanks to our warm, dry weather (highs mid-70s, low 40s), and a space heater run for awhile last night with the help of our generator, of course. Though, in retrospect, it would have been nice and extremely efficient to have our trusty shop vac which I recently gave to Norm since, for some reason, I felt I needed a bigger, more powerful one that only created more of a space/storage problem and a remodel of one cabinet! Note to self: Re-read previous paragraph on Things!

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