...I should get some new tires for the Little House on the Highway after this trip.
We are in Anza Borrego State Park in San Diego County just north of the Mexican border. As the desert wildflower hot line site stated...there are no flowers. Why would I think otherwise? The Ocotillo have some residual flowers left on them but all their little green leaves have fallen away. We stayed our first night north of Mojave, CA. in the high desert. Although they just had a recent rainstorm - standing water along the roadside - no flowers there either. The temperature here is in the mid 80's, 20 degrees higher than at home. This will take a few days to acclimate.
Something learned: Don't read a photography book your wife brings along on a road trip and re-adjust the settings in your camera as the "professional" suggested. All the pictures I took this morning look like diarrhea. Stick to what you know that works. On the road away from home is NOT the time to experiment.
Thank you all for the well wishes to have a nice time. Will post again in a couple of days.
Oh and Sinbad? He is flithy dirty, enjoys his evening desert walks and is now sleeping in the closet.