Surprisingly we were in Victorville for 10 days. I know I couldn't believe it myself! There were many different reasons why we left, here are a few: The wind never settled down, it actually got worse, there is so much trash and debris that people have left all over the desert that it felt more like we were camping at a dump rather than public land (like we're used to),
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the vibe there was at such a low frequency it was literally depressing us, we could barely get out of the van due to the weather...poor Nana was always rushed to go potty and we couldn't go on any walks, it just wasn't right for us. Our time had set in Victorville, time to move on...or back track a bit...
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Today, April 7, we said our good 'riddances' to Victorville and were rolling rubber once more. When we talked about leaving Victorville, we mapped out a few days in a few different spots...ya know to kind of break up the drive and all that. Our plans were...(and as Miss Cheri would say, "We all know our plans are made in jello!") to drive to Palm Springs, stop at the Wal-mart and stock up on some things and maybe even stay a day or two, then drive to Indio and stay at the Spotlight 29 Casino for a couple of days, then go back to our BLM spot by Joshua Tree National Park, then maybe move on and stay either in Quartzsite or around Dome Rock (which is considered Quartzsite I guess). We drove into Palm Springs and it was pretty gusty there...the wind was everywhere for a few days, coming from a storm in Denver. We stocked up at Wal-mart and it was just too early for us to stop driving for the day, so we drove on to...and through Indio, then onto Joshua Tree National Park. We actually drove through the park, just a few miles, not really seeing anything worth sticking around for. See, what we were going to do was stay on the BLM land outside of Joshua Tree, then maybe drive in daily to enjoy the park...but after driving through it for the miles we did, we really didn't have anything tugging at us to stay. So...you guessed it...we drove! We drove towards Blythe and Ehrenberg and tossed the idea around of staying there but after a fill-up at the gas station, decided it would be best to keep on moving. We've played that card enough for now! Driving closer to Quartzsite, we figured this would be the best time to spend some time up at Dome Rock. J' wanted to camp there after the R.T.R. but we just kept on moving around, we never did camp there...perfect time for it now! Plus, in Quartzsite we would have grocery stores, water, and twice the ice right at our fingertips so the time had come to stop driving for today. Dome Rock would be our new camp for the next few days. It is beautiful here.
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The wind was barely blowing when we pulled into our spot and there is open space for Savannah and I to walk, with some pretty beautiful scenery around us. I think this will be a great spot for a few days, hopefully the wind doesn't get any worse and we can just start being again...being ourselves, being outside, being happy!
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I'm glad we decided to keep driving to a new spot. Those other spots were great but they already had a place in our story... time to discover new areas, new scenery and new adventures.