Saturday, December 8
I feel an immediate kinship with fellow Casita owners. I suppose it’s that way with any RVer, regardless of what type rig. Well, the crew and I are at the grocery store in Borrego Springs. As I fill up gallon jugs at the water dispenser, I notice a Casita parked alongside the building.
A tall, slim lady with long, silver hair steps out of the tow vehicle.
As she walks toward me, I greet her with “Hi! I have a Casita, too!” I notice from her plates she’s from Colorado. “You do?” she replies with a smile.
Her name is Lee and she has a brand new Casita.
“I used to have a Scamp, but it was too small, so I got this,” she remarks. I ask her where she’s camped. “At the state park, but it’s getting too expensive. Where are you camped?”
I explain what the Peg Leg dispersed camping area is like, and she decides she’d like to camp there, too. I offer to show her where it is.
“Do you like to camp with a group or off by yourself?” I ask. She says she doesn’t want to camp next to anyone.
Not long after that, Lee follows the PTV into the Peg Leg (Clark Dry Lake) dispersed camping area.
I lead her to the wide open area that’s empty except for the BLT. After I point out where the sun rises and sets, we part and she drives off to find her own special spot among the creosote bushes.
Late in the afternoon the crew and I walk over to the group of RVers.
I guess they have a daily happy hour, because I find them sitting around a fire ring, just like they were the day Spike ran over there. As I approach with Bridget and Spike on-leash, I hear one of the men say, “That’s the lady who was here the other day looking for her dog.”
“Hi, everybody! Spike has been wanting to come back to visit you, so we’re here to sniff around your campsites.” They laugh. “I’m hoping a visit will keep him from sneaking away again.”
When I go to bed, I look up through the window and see a zillion stars and what I think are satellites. Do you know that Borrego Springs is officially designated as an International Dark-Sky Community?
Sunday, December 9
This morning she gets waxed!
I only do the upper half of one side before the sun is too warm on the fiberglass to continue. I’ll do a section each morning until the job is done
Lee pays us a visit.
We sit in camp chairs with Bridget and Spike on the mat, talking about the places we’ve been and our Casitas. Lee has been a full-timer for over a year, the last two months in her Casita. She expresses the desire to get solar power so she’ll be equipped to do more boondocking. As she leaves, she says, “It’s nice to meet someone, a woman, doing this alone.”
Note: I finally have the financial pages up-to-date! Well, all except September. I can’t find the September receipts so I’ll have to reconstruct the month’s expenditures in other ways. Posting these reports is good for me because it forces me to keep track of my money. I hope it helps you, too.