December 29- January 11
I suppose it’s inevitable that we end up spending our southwest winters in the same spots year after year. In fact, we’ve stopped even planning out our winter. Instead, we follow a non-plan, plan of roaming around somewhere in the “southwest corner” of the country until it’s warm enough to head north. Which is why it should come as no surprise that, just like last year, we spent the first two weeks of the new year in the KOFA national wildlife refuge boondocking with a group of friends.
We like KOFA for its abundance of open land perfect for hiking & biking, great mountain views, and easy access to the wacky town of Quartzsite while avoiding the insane crowds that fill the area at this time of year.
The first week of our stay was very low key as we slowly recovered from the colds that we picked up over Christmas. Sadly, we missed out on several nights of fun with friends, including NYE when we stayed home as to not spread the illness. By the second week, we were both on the mend and started getting out for some walks, bike rides, and hikes around the desert.
It’s been a cold winter in the desert this year which meant our daily gatherings around the fire pit occurred well before sunset on most days. We also stayed warm by filling our bellies with several nights of delicious food. I’ve said it before and I am sure I’ll say it again – RVers have the best potlucks!.