Calamity Janis Rides Again


This was the sunset on our last night at Fortuna Pond ….pretty amazing! Arizona certainly knows how to do sunsets.


And this next one is one of the lettuce fields. I love The contrasting bands of color!


I bought a bag of Minneola Tangelos and they are really good!  But I don’t really have space for them in the camper, and it gets too hot in the car during the day.  So……I am sleeping with oranges.  Yes, I’m sharing my narrow 34″ wide bed with a bag of oranges!!  They’re down at my feet and at least they don’t move around or step on me in the night, so I guess it could be worse.

Our neighbor Fern went gleaning in the veggie fields after they were harvested and gave Linda some cauliflower and broccoli.  The farmers just plow it under!

Linda treated me to pizza for dinner our last night.  We checked on line and this was supposed to be Yuma’s best; Bernardo’s.  If that’s Yuma’s best, I’d sure hate to taste the worst because that was definitely NOT good pizza. It tasted like a really cheap frozen pizza from the grocery store. But…good try, Linda; I sure appreciate it!

So yesterday Linda headed to Phoenix to pick Roger up at the airport and I headed west to Anza-Borrego State Park.  Gas in California is $1 more a gallon than Arizona; I paid $3.29 today, gulp!  My GPS couldn’t find any campgrounds in Anza-Borrego and the Visitor’s Center was 900′ from the parking lot, that’s too far for me to walk there & back for a map.  They could use some better signage!  I drove a little bit past the entrance to the campsites I wanted and then did the stupidest move ever.  I looked in the side mirror and no one was coming, so I backed up.  Without turning around. Trailer, what trailer?  I never gave it a thought until I heard the “crunch” of it jacknifing.  I couldn’t bear to get out and look for damage just then so I turned in and just kept on.  The road was all sand, and it was not a campground, it’s just some turnouts where you can park & camp.  I thought I saw a good pull-through spot and turned in, only to find it was not a pull-through and not a good site, either.  Lots of loose sand and I had to turn the trailer around in it…got stuck several times but I managed to rock it out.  My mood was getting darker by the minute!

I finally found a little back-in site and got parked, and calmed down. I checked and the plastic trim on the corner of the camper is broken and there’s a pretty good-sized dent in the rear of the car.  Now I have dents on both sides of the car!!  I felt like my coffee mug:


There were a million stars in the sky last night and several coyotes howling; that was nice.  I feel like a mom with a 4 year old kid when walking Roxie;  I keep telling her “Don’t touch anything!” There are quite a few cholla cactus around and they have horrible barbed spines.   She’s on a very short leash at the campsite!  I’m SO glad I decided to have Linda come to Fortuna Pond instead of meeting her at Anza-Borrego; that would not have been a good place for Rascal, and I wouldn’t want to spend a week there either.

Today I went to Galleta Meadows.  It’s the coolest thing; Dennis Avery (of Avery Labels fame) commissioned over 100 metal sculptures in the desert near Borrego Springs.  They’re spread out over a dozen miles or so.







Tomorrow I head to Lake Elsinore,CA to visit with my cousins Patty and April.




9 replies on “Calamity Janis Rides Again”

Beautiful pictures! Sorry for your Oops! Love the sculptures! Hopefully things calm down for you and go smoothly from here on out. Happy Travels! ~Vicki

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Great photos–Don’t feel bad about your dent–I put the 5th wheel front thru the back window of my truck when I jack knifed! We all do it once in a while(its called a brain fart!)

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Think of the dents as a sign that you are having fun. Have a nice, relaxed visit with your cousins. Thanks for the great pictures. 💮

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I jackknifed mine and left little spider cracks in the fiberglass and a BIG dent in the truck. Insurance paid to fix the truck and I just Poliglowed over the trailer cracks and we were good to go.

It’s a rite of passage. 🙂


Yeah, all I can say is dents show up when you’re busy living. 🙂 Means you’re out there doing stuff! I know it probably was pretty worrisome til you could check and see how relatively minor the damage actually was. I would have been so mad at myself, sigh.

I LOVE the sunset pics. Just gorgeous. As for the metal sculptures, we have a few huge metal cows here, a couple bulls, and a mom with her calf. They are cool, aren’t they? My favorite of the photos you took are definitely of the serpent! Incredible detail on it’s head!

Keep smiling and showing off those pretty teeth 🙂


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Funny how things just jump out of nowhere and hit us, isn’t it? Glad it was nothing serious. Love the metal sculptures. We ran across a place in Montana that had sculptures of Indians riding on horseback made entirely of old auto parts. They were amazing! It’s killin’ me to have to wait until June!


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