Visiting our friends in El Centro

Trip Start Sep 06, 2012
Trip End Mar 06, 2013

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John's and Bertha's

Flag of United States  , California
Thursday, November 8, 2012

We awoke to another sunny day in Chula Vista; I know boring weather. This was a travel day to El Centro, California which is only two hours away. After leaving San Diego we traveled over the Luguna Summit which is just under 4,100ft. Well you would not believe the rock and more rock. It looked like someone exploded a large bomb on top of the mountain and the rock just fell everywhere. We drove through the mountain passes and down the other side. The landscape changed drastically as we suddenly came upon sand dunes for miles and miles, as far as we could see. The dunes are part of the Jacumba Wilderness area in the BLM, Bureau of Land Management. This is undeveloped land that the federal government has set aside for the public to use. There were many RV's parked on these lands and there were people riding the sand dunes with their sand buggies and bikes. It looked like they were having a great time. On the south side of the highway about a mile away we could see the dark border fence that separates California and Mexico. This fence is patrolled by hundreds of US border agents driving in all types of white vehicles with a wide green stripe, attempting to keep the illegal Mexicans and drugs out of the States.

We arrived in El Centro mid afternoon and met our friends John and Bertha. John is originally from New Glasgow but has lived in the US most of his adult life. We know them because they have a trailer in Pictou close to us, and they also have a nice home in a mobile community here in El Centro, a home in the desert about an hour north of El Centro, and a home in Mexico. John says he’s house poor, no wonder. There wasn’t any place to park Star at John’s so we set up at Wal-Mart, about a block away.

Shortly after we arrived at John and Bertha’s it rained for about 15 minutes. We had watched the rain clouds moving our way before we arrived in El Centro so we weren’t surprised. However, John was really surprised and said that it never rains this time of year, it only rains in August and February. I guess we brought the rain with us.

El Centro is a small town but because of its proximity to Mexico it has a big Bayers Lake type shopping area and a large variety of restaurants. It’s also very close to a marine military base and the jets and helicopters seem to be always overhead. Interestingly, El Centro is below sea level and some water tanks and buildings have markings on them to indicate sea level.

There are acres and acres of farm lands near El Centro growing every type of fruit and vegetables you can think of. Utah farmers rent open fields to graze their sheep. There are usually 500 sheep to a field. The numbers are easy to determine because there is one black lamb for every one hundred sheep.

We went out to a local restaurant for supper then back to Star for the night.

Travelled in: California
Travelled to day: 195 km
Travelled to date: 10685 km
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