Our Awesome Travels

Our Awesome Travels
Taken In Quartzsite Arizona Dec 7th 2015

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Feb ,California Dunes & Laughlin

Sat Feb 17
It was a short drive to the dunes and just amazing to see them in the distance, along the highway with Sand Rails and ATV’s scattering about like ants.
As we pulled up to a check point we were told to pull over and purchase our permit. With so much activity and traffic I pulled into what I thought was a parking area. Whoops down a bump and got the RV stuck in the sand. The Sherriff came over and said to unhook car and we see about backing you out of here. We did that and got lucky, just barely got out, rocking the RV a bit to get 22,000 lbs out of the soft sand.
We purchased our $25.00 permit for 7 days camping (or $90.00 for a year) and proceeded to search for a place to park. Not wanting to get stuck again I was very cautious. We drove about 5 miles. Parked our rig by the washrooms and said to Suzie lets drive the car about and look for a spot. Driving around all these rv’s in the desert but we could find no way to safely enter without getting stuck, we eventually got the car stuck in the sand too. No problem always somebody there to give you a push. Back to our rig we found a spot near the interstate and the washrooms easy to get into.
Well now set up, it is absolutely amazing to be in the centre of all these ATV’s (all terrain vehicles) from all the little guys in their small ones, the young girls in pink, to golf carts, motorcyles, 4x4 trucks, to custom built sand Rails with huge V8 engines. All of the custom setups, and amazing paddle tires on the rear. The experience was worth the noise and dust. All ATV drivers must wear an approved helmut and have a pole flag at the back or their ATV. Most were wearing goggles and bandannas over their nose and mouth for protection from the dust flying in their faces. We noticed a family with mom and dad in the front and 3 young children in the back seat of a large sand rail, all strapped in with seat belts, goggles and bandanas. A family sport in the desert.
After supper we enjoyed a nice campfire and watched some fireworks being set off in the distance.
Sun.Feb. 18
Sure is quiet here in the morning, until the early birds fire up their machines, not much before 6:30am. Suzie and I walked about for a while, checking out the Historical Landmark for Plank Road, a manmade road 7 miles long in the desert constructed in 1914 to allow vehicle traffic thru the sand dunes. Walking for quite a while we observed many huge RV’s with large trailers painted to match. Probably ½ to 1 million dollars for these large Rigs. All of this just to bring their toys along and play in the desert. California fun. Some of these sand rails cost as much as $80,000. Another warm day of watching, reading and computing in the shade. Especially watching all the little guys and gals in training and listen to them yell, wow, fun, I did it! Some of these kids did not look to be more than 3 or 4 years old. And what is really amazing it looks like they are having fun by themselves, but get stuck or have a problem, people come out of nowhere, within seconds, to help them out. Parents are watching them.
Mon. Feb 19
A lot of people from San Diego as we found out monday morning, everybody packing up. It was President’s Weekend, fri. & mon. holiday that’s why it was so busy here. Most of these groups are families. Six or eight rv’s parked in a circle, brothers, sisters, grandparents, cousins etc… all out to play in the sand. Some of these little ones riding were as young as 3 years old!
Now we can truly see the need for these trailers and rv’s that are built to haul all the toys and the need for 4 wheels drive vehicles in California and Arizona. Just to play in the sand.
As everybody was leaving it was getting quiet and we began talking to a few other couples. One couple in a Jeep stopped to talk and wanted to know were we were from in Ontario, they had friends in Kingston. They asked if we would like to see a bit of the desert. SURE! I went with 2 guys in1 Jeep and Suzie in another, never travel alone in the desert. Boy did we have a ride, up and down the dunes around the big bowls, the Mexican Border, and climb a very steep sand dune (Competition Hill). Suzie’s jeep could not make it up. Getting dark we headed back home to a nice warm campfire. Wow what a ride. I wanna Jeep! Our friends hooked up their 5 wheel trailer towing the Jeep behind and headed back home to Arizona.
Along the side of the Interstate we noticed these huge white steel barricades chained together in sections, we found out they were there to keep illegal Mexican immigrants from driving vehicles onto the highways from Mexico through the Sand Dunes. They have to get by Border Patrol.
Tues. Feb. 20
Heading out from the Dunes we stopped at the rest area to top up our fresh water and carry on to Hot Springs (near Holtville California) about 35 miles. Upon arriving we checked in with the host and found a nice spot, A lot of small bushes almost like campsites. Once set up we drove to town for groceries and the Library for the Internet. Lots of fields with crops, looks like head lettuce. It was strange to see acres and acres being irrigated with sprinklers.
Back home we went over and checked the Hot Springs. Like a beautiful Oasis in the desert. One small cement tub about 95 degrees F, next a larger one about 106 degrees F (neck deep) then the overflow runs into a Lagoon. Also a steel pipe setup running fulltime allowing a hot shower before you enter tubs (no soap). These are geothermal heated pools that just flow out of the ground. This super heated water is also used by power plants in the vicinity to convert stream into electricity. The area is closed for cleaning by volunteers every Tuesday morning. And closed everyday from midnight till 5 am. I think we will stay for a while.
Wed Feb. 21.
Bright sunny morning went to hot spring about 7:30 am only 4 people there not too crowded, real nice to have a very warm shower and slip into larger hot tub for about 10 minutes, wow sure feels good. A little later a huge water truck drives thru our camp watering down the roads, keep the dust down. We went back to Holtville Library checked all e mail and updated the Blog, while Suzie got our banking done on line. Back to home dirt for lunch and a bike ride, then return for Suzie to enjoy a book and myself to work on our wooden sign, its almost done. Getting much warmer by 2:00pm it was 95 f, we walked over to the Hot spring for a refreshing hot shower and a dip in the hot pool.
While sitting outside all the neighbours dropped by to say hello and share important information like, where are you from, where is the free dump station, water fill up and Flea markets. These people were from all over, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ottawa, Dryden Ontario, Manitoba, and Minnesota. There’s more Canadians here than Americans.
Was another beautiful day, washed car, and finished our Chip Carved sign to hang outside our home. Suzie computing in the shade.
Fri Feb. 23
Was windy overnight so we took our awning down before going to bed. There was a storm coming through San Diego (150 miles west) and we got the wind and cooler temperatures, only 64 f today. We met two separate couples from Grand Bend Ontario. Small world 3,500 miles from home.
We took a short drive to Calexico, California to check out the St. Thomas Swap meet (that’s what they call Flea Markets here). It was Huge and anything you could want was there, new, used, TV’s, computers, lights, furniture, clothes, carpet, appliances, tools, windows you name it and cheap. Was different because all the vendors were Mexican, all the signs in Spanish, We were right on the border across from Mexicali, B.C. Mexico. Afterwards we treated ourselves to a nice Chinese Buffet for lunch and a bit of shopping at Wal-Mart. All the employees here are bilingual as a large percentage of customers are Mexican too. Our cashier apologized for beginning to speak Spanish to us. She was very busy, 1 customer Spanish, 1 employee talk to her English, next one Spanish, then us, must be very confusing at times.
Back to home dirt passing a lot of fields when the crops are done they burn the whole field, not sure why? Lots of new farm machinery around and crops being harvested mostly all by hand lettuce, and even potatoes. All of these fields have an elevated canal (or mote) around them and once the crops are planted a sprinkler system is installed between rows so that they can be irrigated (we are in the desert). It looks like a massive undertaking, then remove all the pipework when all the crops are done. This part of southern California feeds a lot of north America with winter vegetables. It’s nice to get fresh tomatoes here .69 a lb. in February.
Sat. Feb 25
Went back to St. Thomas Flea Market in Calexico (8:30am), and a lot more vendors today, amazing to see people rummage through barrels and bags of stuff and come out with a treasure, a lot of new items, cheap if you have the desire and patience to look for it, we have the time. And a lot of stuff is free some vendors just want to clear it out.
Was a nice day for a drive so we stopped at Holtville Library to check email and up date Blog, they are closed sat and sun. But free wifi still available, so we sat in parking lot with neighbour from Hot Spring, computing. Back home for lunch and relax a bit after a busy morning.
A while later we went to visit neighbour from Dryden, ON. And 2 other couples for refreshment and snacks, pickled asparagus, cheese stuffed peppers and turkey kielbasa, cheese and crackers. We enjoyed sharing views and ideas, as we are the Newbies we got lotsa info. Free camping in Parker and Laughlin, Pala Verde, and a lot of information on solar panels, nice to hear from people using this stuff. Some of these people have been doing this for 30 years. Almost supper time and we go for a quick shower and dip at the Hot Spring then relax for the evening.
Mon. Feb. 26.
We went for a nice drive to Slab City at Niland California, through the desert and lots of green fields with crops, and huge storage facilities full of straw or hay bales. Slab City is just outside Niland east of the Salton Sea. Apparently this was a city developed as WW2 army base and was forgotten about by the government. People moved in over the years and stayed mostly in trailers or whatever, on the old cement slabs for the buildings, some old trailers are burned out and left to rot, People just live there free and camp too, there was even some new rv’s there. We did not want to camp but had to see this place we had been told about. It was kind of depressing as the pictures might show. Salvation mountain was painted by a current resident Leonard Knight with donated paint.
Another interesting expedition.

Tues. Feb 27
It was a very windy day with dust blowing about but we are taking off. The water truck comes by again to keep the dust down on our way out. An interesting drive through the Imperial Valley countryside, lots of field trucks passing. There was a large pasture with hundreds of sheep, acres and acres of various different crops and different types of irrigation. Also more farms with thousands of steers, just amazing.
From farmland to a desert highway (just like you see in the movies) heading into the Northern end of the Imperial Dunes. The high winds caused lots of blowing sand and sand drifts across the road, just like a snow storm up north, only warmer and not slippery. We even saw a SAND PLOW clearing the sand drifts from the roadway. And we saw some dune buggies and motorcycles out riding the dunes in the wind. After we got through the dunes for many miles the highway turned into a roller coaster ride of up and down dips. Kind of a cool, a nice road, just following the shape of the land.
After only 2 hours of driving we came across a beautiful rest area right beside the Colorado River ducks at the water tap. Nice quiet spot here think we will stay for 2 nights. just as we are coming into Palo Verde. Let’s stop here and park by the river, a beautiful view and sheltered from the wind by a row of huge trees. This is a free camping area (3 day max.) with flush toilets, water and a host. Also there is a free boat launch ramp into this slowly moving river. And guess who was there!! Our Loons from home, they came south with us. We saw 4 for sure. Gotta like the rules, no swimming, no water skiing, and don’t wash dishes, fish or
Thurs. Mar 1.
We left 9:00 am from Palo Verde and drove about 45 minutes to Quartzsite. We attempted to stop at the Flying “J” in Arizona for fuel but a long line of RV’s were there blocking the road. This is the first gas station in Arizona from California and gas here is $2.39 gal , where it is $2.99 gal in California. So we drove on to Quartzsite and fueled up at $2.39. Back to the BLM and got the same spot we had in January, a lot of people have left. The neighbours across the way from Ottawa were still there and invited us over for Cake, strawberries and ice cream, Fri. afternoon at 2.00pm.
Fri March 2.
Stock up with supplies and checked email at the library then we went for the strawberry social with the neighbours. About 30 people showed up and socialized enjoying fresh strawberries cake and ice cream. They had set up their vehicles to block the strong north wind and it was quite comfortable in the sun. We recognized a couple there and got talking with them. We had played Holy Board with them at Galvin Bay Resort (our home park north of Peterborough), small world. They have been down here for 3 months at a campground. After that we treated ourselves to a great pizza at Silly Al’s downtown. Will stay here till Monday then head north towards Parker Arizona.
Mon. Mar.5
We left Quartzsite heading north to Parker Arizona, about 45 minutes, We stopped at Bluewater Casino and parked our rig.(free camping at Casinos) along with about 40 others. After a bite to eat we took nice drive up I- 95 following the Colorado River to see the Parker Dam. There is no RV's or trucks allowed over the Dam. We drove north in Arizona, crossed the dam and came south in California. And gas prices $2.49 a gal in Arizona, $3.29 gal in California. A beautiful drive and amazing to see Desert and Beautiful waterfront resorts and homes, side by side. On our way back there was a sign for Burrow Crossing and sure enough there was a Burrow waiting to cross (wild burrows). Back home have stuffed peppers for supper. Around 4:00pm a couple we met at Hot Springs, from Dryden Ont. pulled in.
Tues.Mar 6
We traveled to Lake Havasu City to see London Bridge. We drove over the Bridge (under repair, !!! London Bridge is Falling Down!!!) and parked our rig. We walked around the Beautiful waterfront areas and the bridge. It was nice to see the Union Jack and American Flag both flying on the bridge.
It was only 11.45 am so we decided to travel north to Bullhead City and Laughlin Nevada (80 miles). Crossing the Colorado river again, now pacific time zone, we drove down to the Ramada Express `Hotel and Casino. This hotel has 91 spaces for self contained RV’s to stay free and use all their facilities too. You just need to register with security and get a free permit. They also have a free sewer dump station and water fill. We met a fellow behind us who has been here since November, just keep renewing your permit. He gave us a few tips on where to go and what to see. On the other side of us was another couple we met at Hot Springs from Winnipeg, small world. It was a very warm day, about 92f (34c) and no wind. Overnight quite warm a low of 76f (24c) still nice for sleeping with the windows open.
Wed. Mar.7
Went for the ½ price breakfast buffet,($3.49) at the Edgewater Casino across the strip . Then we checked out the Casino and the river walk area that links all the casinos on the river and the strip down to the Golden Nugget enjoying the scenery, sunshine and flowers along the way. The Lobby here has beautiful greenery and waterfalls. Here we got a free players card and a 2 free Travel Mugs just for signing up. Back to home we got the car and drove to the library to check email.
Thurs. Mar. 8
I went across the river to Bullhead City, AZ. to get an oil change on car and buy a few groceries. The time zones can be confusing , we kept our watches on Mountain time (Arizona), but Laughlin is on Pacific time 1 hour earlier and you only need to cross the river.
After that we had a quick bite to eat we took a scenic drive to Oatman AZ. It was only 18.5 miles but about 14 of them were on a dirt road thru the desert and mountains that had no regular maintenance. It was an awesome drive, steep hills sharp turns and watch out for the boulders on the road. After about an hour we arrived at a stretch of pavement, no signs but we turned right and followed a narrow winding road to Oatman we found out later is was the famous Route 66. Well talk about stepping back in time. Everybody has to go to Oatman. Old buildings not manufactured old but old., the boardwalks and stores. A very unique thing is the wild burrows that wander into town from the desert during the day. They know people will feed them, we brought a bag of carrots with us. Even some of the baby burrows too, which you are not allowed to feed, they will choke. Walking around we heard some music coming out of this old worn out door and peeked inside. We found the Oatman Hotel. Wow amazing inside, just old and lotsa character. The walls were just covered with thousands of $1.00 bills that people had written on. After a small snack we toured the hotel all this is free. This hotel was built in 1902 and has not been renovated since. Upstairs we were able to see the famous suite where Carole Lombard and Clarke Gable spent their honeymoon on March 18, 1939, and they often returned here for the solitude. Outside we heard the loud shot of a double barrel shotgun. This is to alert everyone of a gunfight. They are not allowed to close the road for this so they just asked people to stand all the way across the street to provide a human barricade. This is the only road in the area and is Route 66. The gunfight was staged and enjoyed by all. Following that we followed route 66 into Bullhead City and back to Nevada , only ½ hour drive this time.
After supper we went to a show “Country Music USA”, at our Hotel the Ramada, this was a tribute to Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Garth Brookes and Shania Twain. Again the tickets were free just for using your players card. The show started at 8:00pm Nevada time which is 9:00 pm our time, a little later than usual for us but we did enjoy the show thoroughly.
Fri.Mar. 9
Was a quiet day, I washed the car and waxed it and we went to the library, to update banking and our blog and toured a bit more about Casino Dr. We stopped at the River Palms Casino and got a players card there and received 4 free tickets for the show “Fusion”. Then we went for the Prime Rib dinner at the Edgewater Casino across the road only $7.99 to celebrate my sisters birthday, excellent prime rib.
Sat. Mar. 10
We took a drive to Avi Casino on the Indian Reservation (about 10 miles south) to check out the Casino and flea market, another really nice casino. We then indulged in their $.99 all day breakfast including ham, 2 eggs, homefries and toast. What a deal! We stopped again at the library to check email and returned home for supper and relax for a bit. At 8:00pm we went to the Fusion show with our neighbours Bill & Sheila from Winnipeg for and enjoyable evening of comedy, magic and illusion. Pretty good show for free tickets.
Sun. Mar. 11
Daylight savings time has changed overnight and now both Nevada and Arizona are on the same time zones. Our elderly neighbour beside (77)us from Calgary told us that there was free Wifi internet connection at the hotel if we sat in the courtyard by the pool. So we packed up our laptops and went to the courtyard to check this out. It was nice and warm but pretty windy. While relaxing around our rig in the afternoon reading, we saw a couple of roadrunners come through the parking lot and managed to get a few pictures even thou they move very quickly. We did take a ride on the train that runs around the hotel property noticed they had a different engine running, quite nice. It does a complete trip every 15 minutes.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Arizona Feb. 2007

Mon. Feb 5
After checking email at the library in Quartzsite and updating our Blog (could not upload pictures thou?), we packed up an headed south to the Imperial Dam BLM on the Colorado River about 1 and ½ hours. I- 95 is a dead straight road with a few dips thru the desert always viewing mountains in the distant horizon.
We arrived at the Yuma Proving Ground with Military Equipment displayed and turned right towards Imperial Dam.
The Yuma Proving Ground
Is a 1,300 square mile test and evaluation range for military systems, including aircraft weapons, tanks, and artillery. Operated by the Army, with about 2,000 workers, the Proving Grounds have an average of 100 tests operating simultaneously within its complex of heavily instrumented and specialized test areas. The reservation is roughly L-shaped, with aircraft-related activities taking place on the north-south Cibola Range, and artillery and tank activities on east-west Kofa Range. The "Middle East Desert Cross-Country Course" is one of several ground courses for testing motive equipment for use in desert warfare environments.
150 miles SW of Phoenix, 18 miles E of Yuma
Again Thousands of Rv’s and camping areas, we did find the field office and acquired a map of the area. There is a free sewage dump station and water fill and 2 washroom buildings in this area close together with flush toilets and outside shower (cold water only). We drove about and found a nice piece of dirt in the Gravel Pit, sheltered from the wind and facing south. Awesome weather now 90 F (33 c) in the shade at 3:25 pm. Relaxing in the quiet and watching the Roadrunners just running about. A few hundred yards away on a lower level were many people in a pavilion Line dancing in the shade. The Bulletin Board showed many activities going on in different areas all of this organized and done by volunteers. This is a government Bureau of Land Management (BLM) area still on our permit from Quartzsite, ($30.00 for 2 weeks). What a deal, no reservations just come and go wherever and whenever you please. And no crowds.
Tues. Feb.6
Very mild overnight, finally a low of 50 f, we actually slept with the windows open all night and no furnace needed. Once again a beautiful sunrise over the mountains. In the morning we walked for quite a distance exploring different camping areas and sights. Some really awesome views too. We even found a primitive golf course along a ridge of dirt. There is one area of camping on a reservoir, down a hill and camping on the beach, a $5.00 per night fee, but a sign warning “if you hear the siren to evacuate immediately” as they are filling it with water. Think we will camp up top.
After lunch we got a table out a played a dice game (LRC) and dominoes with Ginnette and Charlie in the shade, (95f. awesome!) Enjoyed a nice BBQ outside and a campfire again about 7:00pm . The British couple from BC that we met in Quartzsite (John and Margaret) joined us again sharing some enjoyable stories.

Wed. Feb 7
We are heading to Pilot Knob BLM in California, to go into Yuma AZ. and purchase new batteries for Ginette & Charlie’s trailer and stock up on supplies. What a beautiful drive, nice 2 lane winding road beside the small Colorado River past green fields and palm tree forests. Farmers irrigating fields and workers harvesting crops. We even saw a bus load of workers towing 2 porta potties with them.
Once we arrived at Pilot Knob California BLM we set up and went to Yuma for supplies. Returning to “home dirt” at 1:00pm awesome sunshine and temp was 120f (50C) in the sun, opened awning real quick only 90F in shade.
A short while later we heard a Helicopter right next to us in the mountains. After observing for a while we noticed it hovering in 1 place. Two border patrol vehicles arrived and 6 soldiers climbed the mountain and a while later 9 people came down. A little excitement right in our back yard. Not sure what was going on whether a training exercise or real. But we are only a few miles from the Mexican border. Later on we enjoyed and awesome sunset and campfire.
Thurs. Feb. 8
Went to Algodones B.C. ( Baha California) , Mexico. Only 6 minutes from “home dirt” at Pilot Knob. We parked in nice clean, secure lot for the day ($3:00) and walk a short distance across border. Lots of activity and extremely clean buildings and streets compared to Nogales. Almost every building was an Optometrist, Dentist, Pharmacy for many blocks, Such good deals to be had real cheap prescriptions, prescription eyeglasses and Dental work, and most waiting rooms full. Some dentists advertised free coffee, tea, soft drinks, beer or margaritas for your waiting friends.
With so many people around we ran into the British couple we met in Quartzsite again 3 times, a man from Ottawa that we met in Quartzsite, and the 82 yr old gentleman from Millbank amazing.
Coming back to the USA was a very long line about 3 blocks, It was mostly covered from the hot sun and took us 1 hour to get thru. Was worth it for the experience. Also took a picture of a couple on 2 seniors scooters in the car line. Her battery was dead and he was towing his wife back to the USA, cute. Returning to “home dirt” relaxing in the shade a couple of utralites flew just above our heads and we observed more helicopters and border patrol, they were capturing more Mexicans. They check them out and take busloads back across the border, illegal immigrants, quite a few women and children.
Sat. Feb 10.
Today we go off to the Yuma Market Place and explore Yuma a bit. The Market Place was huge, Rows of vendors all under shelter from the hot sun. We arrived early 9:00am and were able to explore for a few hours until it began getting busy around 1:00pm, Had a bite to eat and explored more of Yuma then returned to home dirt.
Sun. Feb 11,
Our friends from Ontario departed to Hot Springs then north towards Vegas we were not ready to roll yet, they had some reservations to keep, we have none. We will travel when the spirit moves us. It was a relaxing day reading and carving in the sun. Also very windy, dust storms all over, we were able to find a spot out of the wind and chewed sand all day. Later we enjoyed a nice roast pork for supper. And a movie for desert.
Mon. Feb 12
Took another short drive to Algodones Mexico again, Rv’s parked in areas just off the side of the road, free camping all over. We arrived at the parking lot and noticed 2 Border Patrol trucks on the hill overlooking parking lot and 1 on bicycle, tight security. We came across to have Suzie’s eyes tested for new glasses. Lots of Optometrists to choose from and all prices about the same (cheap). After her eye exam she did not need new prescription.
We wandered about enjoying the festive atmosphere and sights and smells.
We came across some vendors painting these lamps. Absolutley amazing to watch him work, spraybombs of paint and pieces of cardboard for a brush and real fast. I took 3 pictures from almost the beginning until the end 7 minutes and done and a real beautiful lamp.
Exploring a small laneway we came upon a large plaza filled with music, food vendors, stuff to buy. It was quite enjoyable so we decided to stop for lunch and shared a large platter of Nacos, cheese, meat, salsa yummy. Even saw a Nun in here to having lunch. Then we continued back to the border at 1:00 pm no line up!! Guess everybody still having lunch. Back to home dirt and enjoy the sun.
Tues. Feb 13.
The wind picked up and started blowing the dust around, we did manage to get a few things done and relax. There was some real amazing bursts of wind that really stirred up the dirt, causing blinding white outs? We kind of chewed sand for 2 days. There was a lot of rv’s coming and going and many towing an extra trailer with their dune buggies on, most rigged with paddle tires for the sand dunes. It is really a major business out here with all the custom brand new dune buggies, used ones and parts.
Wed. Feb 14
Valentines day, did a bit of shopping and purchased a repair part for our Generator (exhaust pipe). And some King Crab Legs for supper, yummy!!! Cooking at home is much nicer than an expensive restaurant.
Thurs. Feb 15.
Our BLM permit expired and we were able to get into Pilot Knob Resort for 2 nights (free) only ¼ mile away from our dry camping. This gave us a chance to dump sewers and fill with water, fully recharge batteries, repair generator, clean up, do laundry, have a good long shower and check out the pool and hot tub. Also cook a nice roast beef in our slow cooker.
And enjoy our cement patio and relax under a small shade tree. Very nice resort with some gardens, trees, like an Oasis in the desert. The temperature was 32 degrees c (90F) for 3 days and no wind. I was enjoying an august edition of Motorhome Magazine and reading the articles when the centre pages were devoted to the Rally at Daytona Speedway that we attended April 2006, and, there was OUR PICTURE! We remember when the photographer took it.
Then on Saturday we will be heading west about 25 miles to Imperial Dunes to check out more BLM land and the Sand Dunes, then a bit further to Hot Springs BLM camping, with natural hot springs.