Archive for February, 2008

The Border

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

Our jeep adventure took us right along the U.S./Mexico border, marked only by small posts in the sand, until we reached this monument. Well watched by the Border Patrol, this truck approached as we emerged from the dunes and the officer made contact with us, very polite and helpful, but definitely on the job!

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As soon as the officer left, we had fun, knowing we were still under the scrutiny of the Border Patrol!

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The Dunes

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

Our friends Glen and Barb took us on a jeep adventure in the Algodones Dunes, part of the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area. We had a great ‘e-ticket’ ride through the dunes!

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Who is that? A desert Sheik, an illegal border crosser, a desert hitchhiker? It’s Glen, our expert desert jeep driver, navigating the dune ridge ahead!

Two Days Later

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

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Roberts alias for geocaching is ‘Itchybob’. We met the Nahoma Band on our first day of geocaching, they are from the northwest as well and were very encouraging to us.

The Far Horizon

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

In pursuit of a geocache, Robert climbed a mountain and was rewarded with much more than scavenger hunt trinkets. He had views of the distant landscape, into Mexico even! Thanks to technology he could share these views with me (while I continued recovering from the flu) and now you!

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The winding path upward!

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Stairs at the Center of the World

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

We found this section of the Eiffel Tower in the mythical Center of the World in Felicity, California.

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Motorcycle Heaven

Monday, February 18th, 2008

Lots of roads to explore here! Is this where motorcycles go when they die? Don’t run out of gas!

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Cache Prizes

Monday, February 18th, 2008

We found the most interesting artifact in a cache today. Again, we had to hike up a mountain!

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Waterhole

Monday, February 18th, 2008

We moved our campsite to the south end of the mountains to find new roads and trails. We got out for a motorcycle ride and found a great route into the interior. We finally found the waterhole we had seen from a trail up to a mine site on a geocache search on Jan. 28. A helicopter had flown over us and we got a fuzzy picture of it as it hovered over the water source.

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The road took us right to the waterhole, through several dry washes and past at least one mine site.

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The road deteriorated but continued past the mine site we had found on Jan. 28. We parked at the bottom of the hill and hiked up, stopping to find a geocache on the way, to the top of the ridge where we looked out on familiar territory.

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Long Hike

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

Robert took a ten mile hike looking for this artifact. Our friends Glen and Barb told us about this boiler sitting alone up a remote road in the mountains. There seems to be a nearby mine that this serviced, but no indication of what its service was! A big mystery in the history of the Cargo Muchacho mountains!

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Springtime

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

I caught a cold on our last resupply trip to Yuma. I confined myself to the camper for a week until I finally felt good enough to get outside. I took a short walk about a half mile from the camper and found a hillside with white quartz rocks spilling down the side. A closer look revealed beautiful purple flowers blooming among the rocks. Spring is in full swing!

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