Each year the guys and gals at www.americanadventurist.com set up a desert clean up somewhere in the desert of southern California. This year was the fifth annual Desert Rendezvous near the Fish Creek Wilderness Area south of Salton Sea. Part of the fun is not knowing the exact location, just receiving the coordinates of the meet, plotting them on a map and finding your way there. Usually a few days in advance someone posts some directions for those not confident in their mapping skills. These events are meant to be laid back fun with a little bit of work to help keep our recreation areas clean.
Friday evening is just relaxing as people arrive from all over the southwest US. It featured bacon sandwiches cooked up on a MoJoe griddle. There was grilled chipotle mayo, serrano and jalapeño peppers, grilled onions, grilled mushrooms, tomatoes, and back of course. All that goodness was hard to contain with just bread but I decided I should at least get a picture of my bacon sandwich. I didn’t think of it until it was half-eaten.
Saturday morning we all walked along the private railroad track for the clean up, focusing on the west side where there was much shooter debris from brass to shotgun shells to any manner of targets.
We ultimately put a reasonable dent in a roll off container with everything that was picked up. By the time we got to the end of the area we had agreed to clean up it was nearly 100 degrees outside so we headed back to camp. On the way back we had some critters to stop and check out.
Back at camp we cooled off as best we could as the temperature rose to above 100 degrees!
Saturday evening brought the dutch oven contest and potluck. Folks of all ages lined up to sample everyone’s wares.
After dinner there was a raffle drawing for great prizes for everyone who helped clean up, but then the wind started up. It blew hard enough for everyone to pretty much hunker down in their tents and campers or just head home. Most of us stayed the night and were treated to a beautiful sunrise.