|Audrey in Jumbo Rocks campground|
In case you’re not familiar with the term “boondocking” it basically means camping out in the boondocks. For example, at Joshua Tree we were “dry camping” which means we didn’t have any hookups and relied solely on our water tanks, holding tanks and solar power, but we were in an established campground. Boondocking is the same thing, but out in the middle of nowhere. Much of the empty land around the western US is managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and you can camp for free on it for up to 14 days at a time. You are expected to use existing fire rings (if available) and leave the spot exactly as you found it, but otherwise it’s all yours! The area we’re in is 7 miles to the east of Borrego Springs and it’s a popular boondocking spot — although from what I’ve read it’s not officially BLM land — but has enough wide open spaces that you can drive back further from the main road and be quite isolated.
|All by ourselves|
|If you look very closely you can see our nearest neighbors to the right of the awning|
Now that it’s Monday morning we’re headed toward the California coast, specifically, San Clemente State Beach which we read good things about online. We’re looking forward to long walks along the beach and eating some fresh seafood. It’s also time to find a laundromat and hit another grocery store. :-)
|One last pic from Joshua Tree - I just loved this place near the labyrinth in the setting sun.|