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Appreciative

Walking Lilly tonight I could not help but take a moment to appreciate the views and enjoy the sounds and smells of the Morro Bay harbor.

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We had a fantastic time in desert, but seemingly every moment was consumed with work or socializing.  It may sound odd to admit, but we needed a break from socializing.

We are now we are out of the desert … arriving late this afternoon to Mooro Bay, a lovely little town along the central California coast.  The state park here is virtually empty, affording us nearly the entire place to ourselves.

Just perfect.

#borregonewyear2016

It’s a shame really, but all good things must come to an end … if not, there is no opportunity for the next special moment to have its opportunity, and the next opportunity thereafter.

We arrived to the Anza Borrego desert two weeks ago not fully knowing what to expect, only that we would likely generate fond memories during a stay.  Sooner than I would have preferred, today’s sunrise will be the last for us here; we are moving onwards and in the process will be forced to say goodbye to great friends old and new.

Thanks to everyone for making our time here some of the best we’ve ever had while traveling.

Click the hashtag #borregonewyear2016 to see tons of pictures and videos
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photo credit: @gm3sf

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photo credit:  @cque_13

 

Precursor Of Things To Come


 

And then there were two; finally we are reunited with our deal pals Brian and Leigh.

Today we arrived to the southern California dessert; our plan being to spend a few weeks with follow nomads over the Christmas and New Year holidays.  It’s hard to know for certain what the coming weeks will bring, but the rumor is upwards of 30-35 RV’s will be arriving.  It should be a lot of fun.

 

Lost Dutchman State Park

I’ve really come to like this park northeast of Phoenix.
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Pesky Bugs

We’ve been settled at Big Sioux Recreation Area in Brandon, SD for the past few days and I continue to be impressed with South Dakota state parks – clean, well maintained, and offer spacious sites.

Kelly and I spent a lot of our youth in this area, so our time here has been busy catching-up with friends and relatives.  I must say it’s been nice to see so many people.

In other news … the heat has broken here in the southeast part of the state and now the bugs are out in full force.  Having been cooped-up for too many days in air conditioning, I was anxious to work outside while enjoying this nice campsite (electric only).  So, in an attempt to level playing field with pesky bugs I purchased this screen room last night ($45 at Walmart).

Because I wanted something highly packable, it is not perfect and only time will tell if this cheap product can withstand the rigor of regular use, but for now it seems to be doing its job helping to keep the bugs away.

The Great Salt Lake

While visiting Page, AZ was very cool, the internet coverage very much sucked.  This wasn’t a big deal initially due to our stay overlapping with the Memorial Day holiday, but by Wednesday that week we’d had enough – the slow data speeds were driving us crazy and impacting our ability to work effectively.  Knowing that there was a great alternative state about two hours northwest near Zion National Park, we decided to leave Page and relocate to Sand Hollow State Park in Hurricane, UT.

The site worked perfectly for our needs and we had great views of Zion, but … it was a huge bummer to be so close to a fantastic national park and not have time for a visit.

Working while overlooking Zion National Park

Working while overlooking Zion National Park

With a looming deadline in Salt Lake City (Kelly’s long scheduled haircut), we pushed hard from Hurricane and late in the day arrived to Great Salt Lake State Park, which was our base for the week.

Located about 15 minutes from downtown Salt Lake City, this location was conveniently situated, but home to crazy aggressive – and big – mosquitoes.  Further, the lake levels were quite low, which coupled with hot temperatures seemed to be an incubator for intermittently stinky sulfur odors … all of which took away from an otherwise ideal and quaint place to squat for the week.

Brigham Young University

Brigham Young University

University of Utah

University of Utah

LDS Salt Lake Temple

LDS Salt Lake Temple

LDS world headquarters building

LDS world headquarters building

Tasty dinner in Salt Lake City

Tasty dinner in Salt Lake City

Lilly in playing in a river on a very hot day

Lilly in playing in a river on a very hot day

Our campsite at Great Salt Lake marina

Our campsite at Great Salt Lake marina