February 14 – March 4, 2018.
It has been over 6 years since we began our journey. Six years of traveling, house sitting, repairing and improving Blue Wing, outfitting and improving Ballena Blanca, starting adventures and having to turn back, engine trouble, sailing across the Gulf Stream, island hopping, learning, coming back to and leaving Cabbagetown, and visiting friends, parks, deserts, and different countries. And six years of writing this blog.
In the sailing years we did a fair job of keeping up with the blog. Sailing is a lazy pace and oftentimes is spent waiting for the right conditions or hiding from the wrong conditions with nothing much else to do. And when you do finally get to sail and anchor in some stunningly beautiful place, frequently it is not that much different from the last stunningly beautiful place you dropped the hook. In contrast, traveling on land can be an exhausting pace. Every dot on the map has a story to tell about history, natural wonders, oddities, and culture. And we have a hard time passing any of it up.
Last winter we traveled for four months through 16 states, spending significant time in four of them. We visited 25 National Parks/Monuments/Recreation Areas, as well as many state parks, BLM recreation sites and monuments, and roadside attractions. We were on the move almost every single day which left little time for writing the blog.
It would be very easy to just let the blog die like so many others that lay dormant across the world wide web. But we love Make Like An Apeman. It not only records out travels (we actually have a hand written log for that), but lets us reflect on where we’ve been and learn more about each place. We also love the idea of writing for an audience. We hope we are entertaining for all our friends and regular readers and that we have helpful information for other travelers. And we love comments, but hope that no one feels like they need to leave a comment on every post just to feed our fragile egos.
So….. after we left the dentist in Los Algodones, we decided to just take some time and work on Make Like An Apeman. We headed to Borrego Springs and Anza-Borrego California State Park. We had visited this stunningly beautiful area last year and I thought it would be a great place to just chill for a while. We hung around and traveled in the the area for about 2 1/2 weeks, catching up the blog, taking care of some business, waiting for an order from Amazon, and planning our next adventure to write about – Mexico.
* All pics are click to enlarge.