» Thanksgiving in Borrego Springs, California

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by Diana Tolerico

I have been a full-time RVer for 14 years, primarily "boondocking," camping free without hookups, in the Western US. I am connected electronically with the world via satellite TV, cell phone and internet card. My batteries are charged by solar panels.

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Finally -- the big day! The servers are ready to fork over the turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, and stuffing.

The pot luck side dishes were plentiful.

The pot luck side dishes were plentiful.

There were about 80 WINs at the big event, most clustered in the shade. The temperature was in the 70s, but the sun was warm.

There were about 80 WINs at the big event, most clustered in the shade. The temperature was in the 70s, but the sun was warm.

I am so thankful that I not only get to spend Thanksgiving with many of my friends, but also with my sister, Barbara.

I am so thankful that I not only get to spend Thanksgiving with many of my friends, but also with my sister, Barbara.

 

We had barely finished dinner when storm clouds gathered. After the shower, were were treated to a beautiful rainbow.

We had barely finished dinner when storm clouds gathered. After the shower, were were treated to a beautiful rainbow.

New to Borrego Springs this year is a series of metal sculptures of prehistoric animals that were native to the area.

New to Borrego Springs this year is a series of metal sculptures of prehistoric animals that were native to the area.

This mammoth tried to trample me!

This mammoth tried to trample me!

The detail is great -- just look at those eyelashes.

The detail is great -- just look at those eyelashes.

Of course the WINs can't get together without going dancing. (Have to work off all that food) We went to the American Legion one night.

Of course the WINs can't get together without going dancing. (Have to work off all that food) We went to the American Legion one night.

We were a little short on men, so June found a cute neighborhood guy!

We were a little short on men, so June found a cute neighborhood guy!

 

Another night we went to the Hog Trough Saloon in town, where Tin Star played a mixture of rock, funk, and country.

Another night we went to the Hog Trough Saloon in town, where Tin Star played a mixture of rock, funk, and country.

 

 

Every year, we make the trip out to Font's Point at sunset.

Every year, we make the trip out to Font's Point at sunset.

The Borrego badlands turn a great shade of orange just as the sun goes behind the mountain.

The Borrego badlands turn a great shade of orange just as the sun goes behind the mountain.

Another day we went on a hike through "The Slot."

Another day we went on a hike through "The Slot."

Some places were really a tight squeeze.

Some places were really a tight squeeze.

I was just hoping there wouldn't be an earthquake.

I was just hoping there wouldn't be an earthquake.