March 27, 2004

Winterhaven, CA – Algodones Dunes

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , at 5:17 am by diandy2004

During our drive from Phoenix into California we experienced winds of 20-30 mph buffeting the RV.  Gusts like this, when hitting the side of the RV, makes for an exhausting drive.  You must keep a constant tight grip on the steering wheel to make sure you don’t get pushed out of the lane.  It’s almost a workout, because when the drive is done your arms are truly tired from the tension.

Immediately across the border into California is a small town called Winterhaven.  We stayed here with the hopes of some more sand-sledding in Algodones Dunes (Imperial Sand Dunes).  It would’ve been too dangerous though because of all the dune-buggies, atvs, dirt-bikes, etc that were racing all around.  I’ve never seen so many, or such a variety of off-road vehicles before.  We started to consider how much fun everyone was having and looked around as to where to rent an ATV, but couldn’t find a place.  You may have seen these pinkish-beige dunes before in the movies – they filmed Star Wars here.

Algodones Dunes

Algodones Dunes

Boondockers at Algodones Dunes

Boondockers at Algodones Dunes

We did get to play desert golf, however, while were here.  Just imagine:  no green grass, sand for your “greens”, and rocks or desert pavement everywhere else.  We thought we played poorly before, you should have seen our scores here!  We were joking that it was the way to ruin a perfectly bad swing.  If you missed the ball, or even just topped it, the impact with the hard surface would jar your entire body.  But it was fun, and the course was humorous with each hole being decorated in a very unique style.

Desert Golf - Fore!

Desert Golf - Fore!

Golf Course Markers

Golf Course Markers

Golf Course Markers

Golf Course Markers

I know I’ve mentioned in other posts about some of the desert plants that I’ve learned about and found interesting.  Well, here’s two:

Ocotillo in Bloom

Ocotillo in Bloom

The Green Palo Verde

The Green Palo Verde

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