(Ron Writing) Yesterday it was very windy in the Yuma area and the wind was straight out of the west. Rather than head out driving straight into the wind, we decided to just sit-tight for a day and relax. At times we had quite a bit of blowing dust but luckily it was not hot and we stayed comfortable in the trailer with all the windows and vents closed.
I spent much of the day reading and working on the computer. Elena prepared three types of cookie dough for later baking.
This morning the weather was beautiful and the winds were calm. We left Winterhaven at 9:30 AM heading west on I-8. At El Centro, CA we headed north on SR-111 to the east side of Salton Sea. Near the northeast side of the lake is the Salton Sea State Recreation Area. There are many primitive campgrounds in the Rec. Area. We enjoyed camping at the Corvina Beach Primitive Campground in February of 2006 so we decided to revisit it today. We arrived around noon and found the campground empty. Now at 9 PM we are still the only ones here. It’s kind of nice to have a private campground right along side the lake!
We are at about 220’ below sea level. This area often has temperatures around 120° during the summer. It was a very pleasant 75° with just a light wind. Salton Sea is also a wildlife refuge with thousands, perhaps millions, of waterfowl. The water is 25% saltier than the ocean and tilapia are about the only fish that survive in this water.
We enjoyed walking along the shore watching the birds and getting some good exercise. It was a beautiful afternoon.
Weather: Overnight low – 50°, high today 75°, very light winds.
Mileage: Today - 115 miles, cumulative since leaving AZ on 4-11-12 – 319 miles.
Tonight’s stop: Corvina Beach CG, Salton Sea, CA ($8 for seniors) N 33.48040, W 115.89360, -126’ elev.