Borrego Springs California

Clark Dry Lake – the place was empty before the holidays


We’re Back! Yep, we just can’t stay away. It is our yearly pilgrimage to Borrego Springs. A bit of Clark Dry Lake gets in your soul and you have to come back. We have been here several times before and have lots of posts on Borrego. Here’s just a few posts we have on Clark Dry Lake but there are many, many more posts on this area just do a search on Borrego.

Here’s one

Here’s another

And now here we are again.


One of our rituals when we arrive is to go around and check out some of the other sites and see what’s new.  Usually, what we find is how others have left the campsites. There is always something new. But we are always impressed at how clean the sites are as we never see any trash left behind only some cute little reminders that someone was there. One of our favourite sites that we have stayed in several times is the site we call the “RIP” site. Someone has gone to great lengths to line a driveway, a site, a sun circle (patio) with rocks, along with a tribute to dad, RIP DAD. It took a lot of time and has been well maintained for a few years. There is even a “Welcome” rock, a “Sun Circle” rock, and a “See Ya” rock. One of our favourite sites.


This year a site very close to the RIP site we now call the “Regis” site due to a tribute to a Camphost Supreme. What the pole means we don’t know but we do know if you need a supreme camphost you need to call Regis, if, knock on wood, he is still around.


We love to just walk around the area and discover new things but we also like to climb up the hill behind Peg Leg. Peg Leg is a liar’s monument in Borrego Springs which has a large parking lot and is available to boondockers.

Borrego Springs California

Peg Leg – not very crowded right now but just wait until after the holidays


There is an old (closed) jeep trail that heads up the mountain that you can follow and you eventually wind up at Paul’s Playa, a 10-15 acre dry lake.  As you get to the top of the mountain you have great views of Borrego Springs on one side and the Rockhouse Canyon (Clark Dry Lake) boondock area on the other.


And, once you are up there, you get a good view of the infamous “snake” and his pals.


And, of course, one of the great things about this area is “Those Daring Young Guys And Their Flying Machines”, need I say more.


Needless to say, the weather doesn’t always cooperate. We always, usually, have perfect weather when we are here in the winter, bright sunny days, blue skies, and OK, sometimes a bit of wind. But this week brought some rain. Really, rain.  For those of you in the Pacific Northwest this may sound strange but we got quite excited with the rain. Not only is it helping with the drought but it was also fun to see and hear the rain since this is such a rarity to us in the southwest in the winter. Yes, it doesn’t take much to get us excited.


And with the rainstorms brings clouds and beautiful sunsets. Well worth it. The color is there one minute and then gone the next. And then…a rainbow pops out. Actually, it was a triple rainbow, but very difficult to capture on “film”.


And just as we were pulling out Nina from WheelingIt was driving past us to take our spot. We waved and waved to her.  Enjoy.