On our way Friday to a couple of days off the grid--no electricity and no cell phone connection/internet access. Hanna Flat Campground is just a few miles up the road from our last camp on Big Bear Lake, and the last 2.5 miles are unpaved washboard.
This national forest service campground is hosted by the friendly Mac, shown here repairing a leaf blower and writing us up.
Just $13 a night with Art's national parks senior pass. Mac hands us a map of available sites and we drive the loop to choose one. He says government cutbacks have reduced the number of workers here from four to one.
Hey, priorities. Vodka and soda with lime for me while Art slaves away installing three new deep-cycle batteries (meaning you can drain and recharge them) for the Avion camper. The batteries, in combination with the solar panels atop the camper, allow us to function easily without plugging in to electricity. Batteries provide both water pressure and lights inside the camper at night. (Propane powers our range for cooking and also the water heater.)
Off-grid--also called boondocking--is our favorite place to be, since the big rigs tend to avoid these spots and nice tent campers populate the area (making us the big rig, I guess).
This flowering plant--sage, I think--was luminous, with intensely purple flowers dotted with blue insect-like secondary blooms. The bees and hummingbirds flocked to them.
Next day, we had a nice hike through the high desert.
The trees are massive and this is the most culturally diverse campground I've ever spent time in, a stunning cross-section of humanity, from the Asian extended family to black, white, and Latino families, singles, couples, and children. College kids play harmonica and strum guitar and in the evening campfires dot the landscape. Everyone's relaxed and happy, and nobody's looking at a phone.
A good day.