Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Going Places Where the Sun Spends the Winter

It was a short drive of some 250 miles from Edwards CA to El Centro CA yesterday.  We traveled from high desert to low desert and the difference is significant in terms of elevation, climate, animal life, and vegetation.  We drove through the cities and towns of San Bernardino, Riverside, Palm Springs, Indio, and then dropped south along the Salton Sea into the Imperial Valley and finally to the Navy Air Facility at El Centro, where “the sun spends the winter,” and the Blue Angels make their home.  “A big storm passed through yesterday and that is why it is so cold here today,” said my neighbor (from MN) at the FamCamp.  The temperature was 70°!  “It will be warm again (85°) here on Thursday,” said another neighbor (from WA) at the FamCamp, “you ought to stay a few days more.”  

Like a migrating bird seeking warmer climes and like the “snow birds” who come in their RV’s from all over the country to spend 5 or 6 months here in El Centro, I must be on my way to a warmer spot than just a mere 70°.  After all, it was 70° in Rising Sun, MD, last weekend!
I think we’ll go east and south into Arizona today in search of an even warmer place than El Centro.  Organ Pipe Cactus National Park is the warmest place (80° tomorrow) I can find within driving distance today—so off we go!

“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” (Martin Buber)

Organ Pipe Cactus National Park--2013

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