Postcards From: Borrego Springs, CA

Christmas Circle in Borrego Springs
We’ve been lying low for the past two months; spending some quality time with our families, developing new recipes in the comfort of a modern kitchen, and making a few modifications to our #hatchbackcamper. But we’re back on the road again and we couldn’t be happier about it.

We begin the second half of our American road trip odyssey with a stop in Borrego Springs, CA near Anza Borrego State Park. With an average year round temperature of 87 F, this sun-bleached town is a popular destination for snowbirds, retirees, and other worshipers of the sun. During the winter months, large encampments of RVs dot the otherwise barren landscape and form modern day boom towns, which disperse once the cold weather recedes from the rest of the country.

Free Off-Grid Camping at Pegleg Smith Campground in Anza Borrego State Park
And for a town that relies so heavily on seasonal travelers, they certainly do their best to support them. In middle of town, there’s park called Christmas Circle. In addition to offering the standard amenities of a public bathroom and water fountain, the park also offers free WiFi and free electrical jacks.

We set up shop there for a little while, sprawled out on a beach blanket without laptops plugged into the base of a palm tree. Back when we were still daydreaming of hitting the road and working remotely, this is what we naively thought every day would be like. However, after months of working in the field, we can attest that this magical park is the rare exception and definitely not the norm.

Free Off-Grid Camping at Fish Wash Campground in Anza Borrego State Park
On our first night out, we drove up a wash to a long forgotten campground called Fish Creek. Once we arrived we found campsites marked with stones, fire rings, and even a pit toilet. However, things had fallen into a state of disrepair so commonly seen out here in the desert, and the forces of erosion were already starting to sweep the campground back into the natural environment.

To us, these rustic accommodations only added to the transient mystique of the desert and served as an open reminder that nothing remains fixed in this world. Thankfully, the campground was also priced fairly: free. Which, was fine by us.

Desert sunrise in Anza Borrego State Park

  1. How was the wifi? Do you guys keep track of places with decent wifi?

    I think all us vagabonds should start a project where we log, in detail, the ins and outs of wifi in sparse/remote places. There are really terrible/incomplete/ugly versions of this on the internet, but nothing good. It’s SO needed!

    I actually have an idea for the name of such a project, as well as some of the features, which could be a website and/or app, but I don’t have the skills to pull something off like that. *sigh*

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