Tue, 25 Dec: It was pretty cold in the desert overnite and we sure enjoyed snuggling under our extra blankets. To conserve our batteries we didn't turn on any heaters until we awoke, so it was quite the battle to see whose bladder would last the longest (as in "Honey, while you're up will you turn on the heater?") Sandi won!
When we opened the shades we were greeted with a spectacular desert sunrise. We thought there were no sunrises prettier than those we saw on Maui. But these Southwestern desert jobbies are pretty awesome in their own way. See posted pix...
We left our boondocking site a few minutes after nine and drove four miles to the Pilot/Flying J station in Quartzsite. We topped up our diesel tank so we won't have to do so while in California (where diesel is about 29¢/gallon more). The station was deserted so we filled up and were on our way by 0930.
We gained an hour at the California border when we changed to Pacific Time. The lady at the California Agricultural Inspection station wished us a Merry Christmas and waved us right through. We swapped drivers east of Indio and Sandi got to drive through the increasingly heavy traffic in the Palm Springs/San Bernardino corridor.
We transitioned from I 10 to I 210 near San Bernardino and exited at Highland where we parked in the San Manuel Casino lot. They welcome RVers to boondock overnite so here we are. We'll probably walk to the casino for dinner tonite. Today's run was 184 easy miles (our favorite kind).
Tomorrow will be a relatively short run to Castaic. We're planning to loop north on I 15 to CA 138 and CA 14 rather than take I 210 through the Valley. It's about fourteen miles further, but the lack of traffic should is ample compensation.