This is what an encampment of visitors to a desert state park looks like 50 miles west of the Salton Sea.  During the night, vehicles with lights roamed the desert, during the day add in dirt bikes and any other vehicle without lights.  At night, fireworks were the main attraction.  Safe and Sane?  Not in this area.  Nothing could possibly burn so there are no apparent restrictions.  Safe? yes, Sane? not so much.  This was a no fee area but it was monitored by Rangers with an outhouse per 100 square miles.  The only building that doesn't look like an RV, is the outhouse.  Most of these rigs are "dry camping" which means they have their own bathroom, their own fresh water and their own disposal tanks independent of any provided services.  A family of four or so can usually dry camp like this for a week or more.

Here are three photos of the same Off Road Vehicle (ORV)  The third photo shows the occupants, a cute surprise


Yep, it's a Dad with two kids, out joy riding on the desert.  There are very few restrictions.  As long as you  play safe, you can pretty much go and do as you please limited only by an adequate supply of adrenaline and spare parts to repair your ride.

Another Dad, out joy riding with the kids.  Notice it is also a RzR brand vehicle.

This sport is open for all who can give their wrist a twist for the gas and a foot for a brake.  In this case a couple of young gurls.  Notice, another RzR.

"Dirt" bikes are very popular as well.  These require more skill and larger gonads.

Back to the birds

Mallards feeding.

Mr. and Mrs. Widgeon.  They don't quack, instead they have a high pitch whistle.  They aren't very big being about half the size of a Mallard.

I'll see your two Widgeons and add a flock of Pigeons.  They seem a little tipsy, possibly from too much Champagne last New Years Eve.

I counted four buildings in Aguanga.  This general store, a post office, a real estate office, and one residence.  About 25 miles East of Temecula.

You say tomato I say tomatoe.  A California Towhee giving me the "look."

This is at 2000' elevation looking East to 3500' with a light dusting of snow at 3000' and above.

A couple of male Hooded Mergansers.  The hood behind their head (the white part) goes up and down like a little flag.  The one in front is partially raised.  They are diving ducks and will disappear underwater when alarmed.  They are tiny as ducks go.

Another Widgeon.  This one is showing it's iridescence green patch. No quacks, just a whistle.  They like to feed on grasses usually on the side of ponds.

Splish, splash, a flash from a female Hooded Merganser.

A Western Flycatcher patiently waiting for a fly to appear

A Dark Eyed Junco

Same bird, headed for the local seven eleven.  Notice the typical Junco white feathers on the tail.


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