Camping in the desert of southern California is easy on the budget!
On the second day of November, the crew and I leave Owl Canyon Campground ($3, BLM) and move south of Barstow to Sawtooth Canyon Campground (free, BLM). We stay until the fourteenth when we visit Joshua Tree National Park (free entrance with senior pass) and camp at Belle Campground ($10 regular/$5 senior pass) for one night.
Our next camp is at Salt Creek Primitive Camping Area ($10 regular/$8 senior pass) at the Salton Sea. For four days I enjoy watching the shore birds and taking photos of sunsets across the Sea. However, Spike discovers the Salton Sea is pretty to look at, but not so good to soak in.
On November 19th we drive to Slab City (free), a few miles outside Niland, California, and discover a friend we met in Williard Springs, Arizona, is camped there. We camp at the Slabs through Thanksgiving weekend, leaving on Monday, the 26th, for Anza Borrego.
After a one-night stopover along Route 22 west of Salton City in an area called the “Badlands” (free), the crew and I move further along the same road, stopping a few miles short of Borrego Springs. We make camp in the Clark Dry Lake dispersed camping area (free, private land) in the Anza Borrego Desert where we happily remain until December rolls around.
Notable for the month of November is the savings that resulted from living on less than half our monthly income!
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Financial Summary (Avg. daily expenditures: $25.15):
Camping fees: $40.oo — Avg. daily camping fee (30 days): $1.33, “Zero camp fee” days: 24
Dump/water fees: $10.00
Gas: $136.93 — Avg. daily gas expenditure: $4.56
PTV and BLT Maintenance/Repair: $0
Equipment/Household furnishings: $37.52 (includes $8.99 PVC pipe and $7.99 squeegee)
Sundries: $20.06 (includes $12.25 laundromat)
The Crew: $29.98
Entertainment: $10.99 hummingbird feeder