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October 21, 2018

Borrego Days - Eyes to the Skies

The 53rd Annual Borrego Days was held last weekend with theme ‘Eyes to the Skies’.  Which was not a nod to their dark sky policy and night sky observations.
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But first a bit on our ride out Friday.  As typical we stop at Dudley’s Bakery for a deli sandwich to split. The special is a Sriracha Roast Beef.  Well we gotta try that!  Enough to share and really awesome!
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The drive was beautiful with little traffic. With the RV and when towing the Jeep, we seldom stop at the overlooks. But with the clear sky and light traffic it was too nice not too.  Not just the local sights, but the Chocolate Mountains beyond the Salton Sea.
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Our arrival makes for only 4 rigs at Clark Lake.  Our nearest neighbor is behind us as we relax with a glass of wine before the sunset. 
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I want to be at Font’s Point to share a sunset with my dad.  It’s been over a decade now since I honored his request to dispose of his ashes there.
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I attached the little hummingbird feeder to the window when we returned.  It was a bit of a windy night, but we slept well and awoke to a beautiful sunrise.   And a surprising number of morning visitors.
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We had 3 hummers that enjoyed the nectar.  When it was time for us to leave, one of the little fellas hovered directly in front of the windshield looking for one last sip.
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The turnout this year seemed to be less than when we last attended. 
As in past years the parade starts with a flyover.  The DC3 offers rides at $100 a seat.
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The ‘Eyes to the Skies’ theme was interpreted by the ABDNHA as a celestial theme, (so did I!)
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Holtville is well known for their Carrot Festival, but they show up here as well, as does Brawley.
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The parade is pretty typical of small town gatherings.  In a brief hour the parade is complete.
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The fun is after the parade at Christmas Circle where there is the food court, with its typical carnival food.
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Lots of craft vendors and continuous live entertainment.
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The highlight was this couple.  The fella could play guitar and not just one but two keyboards simultaneously, and sing!  He also composed all of their original music.
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One of my favorite ‘Show’n’Shine’ entries is an Austin Healey ‘Bug Eye’ Sprite.  But there is an entry for most everyone.
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The next morning we took a bike ride through Borrego Palm Canyon State Park.
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Day use is now $10, that would be $20 for the two of us on bikes. But there is no charge to use the trail from the Visitor’s Center. The trail is paved into the park ending at Campsite 71, and FREE.
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A few observations on the state park … I think all of the FHU sites have the utilities at the site entrance.  Perhaps ok for the big-rigs, once they figure out how to disconnect the toad, but for the smaller units it’s a short walk to the picnic table.   There are 4 sites (2 are handicap) with no neighbors on the side.  This is site #51, not a bad choice.
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The road within the park is in good condition with sections completely repaved.
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In addition to the old stone pavilions built by the CCC in the 1930s, the park is erecting new shade palapas in several areas for campers and picnic use.
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The weather was great, as was the entertainment.  For sure there were No Bad Days this weekend, trust you had a good one too.