|We've been here in Anza Borrego Desert State Park for a week now. We decided to stay at Stagecoach Trails RV Park for awhile. It's a great place: spacious, quiet, and full hookup at a very affordable rate. Yes, we are remote but we like that. We are only 1.5 hours from San Diego but it is a twisty route. Yesterday we found an alternate route that doesn't go up over the mountain (it goes around). It's a bit longer but much easier to drive.
When we arrived at the campground, the sky was dark and all we could do was get inside as fast as we could. We had left the bathroom window cracked an inch and paid for it with dust over everything in the bathroom. The wind was howling and the trailer was rocking like a boat. Taking a shower was a real challenge. Thank goodness the trailer nose was facing into the wind. Not sure what we would have done if we were sideways! We kept thinking that we would lose power, but it only blinked a few times. The wind lasted into the night and then finally died down. I am disappointed that I didn't get any pictures of the sand storm, but there was no way I was pulling out my phone or camera with all that sand and dust.
The next morning I had to go searching for a large exercise mat I left out. I found it about 1/4 mile away impaled on a creosote bush. At least I got it back. There were downed limbs everywhere, and even a tree in the space two over from us lost its battle with the wind.
The locals say that the storm was unusual in the fact that the winds were sustained at such a high velocity over an extended period of time, and that the storm was during the daylight hours. Apparently, wind storms with short gust of 35 mph are more the norm. This is good to know, as we will make sure we have all windows closed and rugs/mats put away before we turn in each night.