We had a nice open site, with a clear view of the Southern sky, so we were able to lock on to our DirecTV satellite signal.
We awoke to a freezing cold morning. Good thing I filled the water tank and put away the hose last night so we had no problems.
Our goal today was drive a "short" 191 mile distance to Escondido, California. It didn't start out very good.
Edwards AFB is not just big, it's HUGE. So huge it could easily swallow some New England states. Rhode Island, for sure, probably with Vermont and New Hampshire thrown in. Guess what happened to us.
We got lost, trying to get OFF the base. Funny how desert sand, tumbleweed, Cholla cactus and creosote bushes all look exactly the same. Now we understand how people died of thirst in the desert. Our GPS was no help at all, it just showed an arrow pointing forward in a totally blank screen. For once, the annoying voice inside the unit was speechless.
Figuring that if we headed in the direction we believed was South, we were sure we'd come across the major highway we were looking for. We continued on, re-enforcing our bad choice. And on, and on. I swear we passed a few skeletons of unlucky people who made the same bad choices as we did.
If I was a betting man, I'd put money on the fact that there are still Conestoga wagons loaded with pioneers heading West, wandering around out there.
Before we left, I had dumped the tanks (smart move that I'll get to later) and filled the fresh water tank. So we weren't going to die of thirst or the need to use the bathroom anytime soon. Still, getting slightly concerned, we pressed on, wondering aloud if we should turn around. Turning around always sounds like a great idea, a lifeline to get you out of a bad situation, except for one thing: There's never a good place to turn around when you need one.
Eyeballing the desert floor, it didn't look too sturdy. It would be just our luck to try and turn around on the sand and get stuck. Then, our very first use of our emergency road service would be disastrous because...no cell phone signal.
We decided to press on.
Finally, we were rewarded with a victory, the entrance gate to the base. We roared through the exit at the breakneck speed of 5 mph and we were home free. Almost.
A sun bleached sign indicated the highway we were looking for was just down the road...thirty miles.
Finally we merged onto the elusive highway we were looking for and headed on our merry way. Shortly thereafter, to add insult to injury, we passed a sign with an arrow pointing the way to Edwards AFB, 10 miles!
Just goes to prove, if there is a long way around to get somewhere, we'll top even that. Our record is when we're faced with a 50-50 choice, we'll make the wrong decision 90 percent of the time. :cO
The rest of the trip was pretty uneventful, except for the !*$%&%^! that whipped his Honda Civic around from behind us, zoomed past us on our left, then cut right in front of us and turned right. A new learning experience, no matter how well you store items, no matter how carefully you tuck things tightly away, in a panic stop, lots of said items will come crashing down and scare the living you-know-what out of you when you are confronted with a tire screeching panic stop.
Good thing we carry extra underwear with us.
We finished our trip at another Passport America campground in Escondido, CA (near San Diego). We booked for four nights, three at the PPA rate of $16/night and one at the regular rate of $33/night. The campground only offers 3 consecutive nights with PPA, but who is complaining? We love the discount, even if you have to go a little bit out of your way to get it.
The campground is an older campground, nestled in the mountains with old growth trees surrounding it. No satellite TV signal here. The only down side is the site is electric and water only. Not a big deal since I had already dumped the tanks this morning. Their dump station, however, looks to be very problematic to get to so we'll just have to be a little more conservative on our water usage, sort of practicing for next week at Quartzsite.
We have a pretty good Internet signal here, but not good enough to download lots of pictures from Picasa, so you'll have to use your imagination. ;c)
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