We stayed in the comfort and safety of the state park for two nights while Troy recovered from his stomach virus. Then we hitched up and relocated 5 miles down the road to what looked like a random desert field. This was going to be our first long term (3 nights) experience with boondocking or dry camping as some people call it. It means that you are self contained with water, electricity, heat, food, bathrooms, etc. So for us, it was a lesson in conservation.
We had no idea of what to do which is why we planned our trip to be there with other seasoned boondockers. Leigh and Brian from Aluminarium and Rich Luhr from Airstream Life were our tutors. We also met Amanda and Tim from Watsons Wander and a few others. Thankfully Aluminarium let us borrow their portable solar panel for a few hours each day to help our batteries last longer. Even though the days in the desert get warm, the nights are still cold. So, the furnace was a necessary drain on our power. It uses propane, but the fan runs by 12 volt (battery) power. The biggest challenge was keeping our electronics charged...mainly our mifi jetpack for internet service and my laptop. The library in town came in handy for work and re-charging.
Another side effect of boondocking was that our limited amount of fresh water required us to reset the bar on how often it was appropriate to shower. Daily? Not out here. Every other day? Maybe. But who's counting?
While boondocking at Anza Borrego, we experienced our FIRST moment of rest since we left home where we got to both sit down and do nothing in our lawn chairs.
Breathe. Reflect. Enjoy. Finally.