As we made our way back to our former hometown San Diego for the holidays, we spent a few nights in Yuma, AZ...for the second time this year. The lure of inexpensive dental work in Los Algodones, Baja California means we'll stopover in Yuma every time we pass through the area.
This was our fourth time getting our teeth cleaned in Los Algodones and the third dentist we have tried. We learned about Dr. Maria Fonseca
from some Canadian friends who have been going to her for many years and have had a variety of dental issues addressed by her. The previous dentists we visited were not bad, but Dr. Fonseca was excellent and will get our repeat business.
Dr. Fonseca has a small practice with top notch modern equipment; it's just her and an assistant and the doctor does the cleaning herself. Hans' teeth generally need more extensive work than mine and she spent an hour cleaning his teeth, by far the most thorough cleaning we've had in Mexico. I also felt my cleaning was as good as any cleaning I'd gotten previously in the US...and it only cost $30 each!
We intend to return to Dr. Fonseca next March for our next cleaning and Hans may have some old crowns and fillings replaced as well. We'll be sure to update our experience here. Dr. Maria Fonseca
gets our vote for excellent dental care in Los Algodones!
|Happy Hans with super clean teeth!|
Our stay in Yuma was brief but we had fun catching up with our friends Cliff and Sharon who spend the winter here, over pickleball and an excellent dinner. Then we moved on into California to a planned meet up with my parents in Boulevard at The Oaks at Sacred Rocks
My parents camp with their church RV group on a regular basis at various parks around San Diego County. The November outing happened to coincide nicely with our entry into California. Though I failed to take any photos of the campground or the group meals, we had a very nice time during our three night stay at this beautiful and peaceful RV park.
We did, of course, manage to get in a couple of hikes. McCain Valley
is a swatch of BLM land encompassing almost 40,000 acres of chaparral and granitic boulder covered hills in eastern San Diego County. There are two primitive campgrounds along this decent dirt road and a small area for OHV riding.
We drove a small segment of McCain Valley Rd and took the spur out to Sacatone Overlook. The spur road is pretty rough, high clearance only, so we drove about a mile then hiked the remaining mile to the fantastic view into Carrizo Gorge.
|Carrizo Gorge from Sacatone Overlook.|
The Salton Sea is visible in the far distance.
|Center right in the previous photo is a segment of the San Diego and Arizona Railway, aka "The Impossible Railroad" |
due to the logistical challenges involved in building it.
|A couple of derailed cars are visible on the far right.|
|McCain Valley Rd goes through some wonderful granitic boulder strewn hillsides, |
we'll definitely spend more time exploring this area in the future.
has long been one of our favorite hikes in San Diego County and staying in Boulevard put us within 20 miles of the trail head at Lake Morena. Though Lake Morena has suffered mightily from the drought, it did have a little more water in it compared to when we hiked here last December
with John and Pam
We were pleased to discover that Lake Morena County Park
campground has upgraded their electric sites to 50 amp and added sewer to some sites. This park is peaceful and beautiful despite the low lake level.
|Lake Morena campground had more turkeys walking through it than campers!|
|Within the first half mile of the trail head we got a lake view and a view of our destination.|
Morena Butte is the granite topped mountain on the left.
|View of the lake from the Butte.|
The campground sits along the top right edge of the dry lake bed so it is no longer near the water.
|Martin, Estella and Chelsea joined us on the hike!|
|There's lots of fun rock scrambling at the top...sometimes straight up!|
Chelsea seems to be half mountain goat!
|A little rain lately has perked up the yuccas.|
Yesterday we arrived at Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve where we'll settle in for a month as part of our annual 2+ month stay in San Diego. It feels good to slow down for a while...blogging included, as we spend time with family and old friends and RVing friends who pass through town.
It will be interesting to see what El Nino has in store for us over the next few months!
|We'll likely see a lot of these beautiful creatures during our stay at Santee Lakes.|
|And birds, lots of birds!|