Yet again we were awake early, so sat outside on the shore in our pajamas drinking coffee and watching the sunrise, a nice “final” 2010 Mexico experience! At 8am we hit the road and headed for the U.S. border at Tecate. It was an uneventful road trip and border crossing – 30 minutes from the time we got in line to the time the Customs Agent waved us through after doing only a cursory inspection inside our truck and the Arctic Fox.
We drove east to El Centro, did a replenishment of groceries at Costco, and headed 50 miles north to Bashford’s Hot Mineral Spa 15 miles north of Niland, CA and just east of the Salton Sea so we can do laundry, dump our holding tanks and re-fill our water before heading to a boon-docking location tomorrow. For those of you who saw the movie “Into the Wild”, you may recall a segment in which the main character spent some time on his northbound hitch-hiking journey at Slab City, a funky place you’ll have to Google to believe what it’s about. That’s where we’re headed tomorrow. Bob, who came of age in the 1960s, may feel like a time warp has taken place and he’s re-visiting his youth (only everyone will look, oddly, older!) Cathryn, who came of age in the 1970s may feel it’s a bit like going to a live history museum. We’ll see!
It’s hotter here than any weather we saw in Baja all winter, since last October anyway – sunny and high 80s today. As we’re in a desert, we expect it will still get cold tonight. We sure did enjoy those wide highway lanes today, as well as the opportunity to send a text message to all 3 kids telling them we’re back – it was nice to get quick and welcoming return messages from all 3 of them!