We reluctantly left our great spot on the California beach and headed further south to San Diego. The terrain changed and became more desert like as we went down south. It was hilly and rolling along areas when the highway followed along the coast. We stayed at one of the fancier RV parks that we have been at so far. There was a large market on site along with a small restaurant that had the best barbequed chicken I have had in a long time. The park was right on the north part of Mission Bay. Once again, it was quite warm and we went for a swim at 9:00 in the evening and the temperature was still in the low eighties. Entertainment poolside was in the form of a rather drunk guy in a cowboy hat playing the harmonica. He was pretty good actually and quite funny. He rambled on a fair a bit and then blurted out that last year he found out the man he always thought was his father wasn’t his biological father. Imagine that he says. Finding out something like that when you are 50 years old. Then just as quick he says, I guess mom was kind of promiscuous. Man I love that woman. I couldn’t keep a straight face. I had to leave. We have met some different people along the way, that’s for sure. From San Diego we were making our way over to Phoenix. We decided to drive as far as Yuma the first day. It was 90F when we left San Diego first thing in the morning. I love this warm weather. We climbed a fair bit again into some hilly areas and ended up reaching 3000 ft. elevation at one point and then 4000 ft elevation as we went through the Vallecito Mountains. The temperature dropped into the seventies when we were in the higher elevation, but it was still nice and warm. Still definitely not too hard to take.
We camped outside of the city of Yuma at the Cocopah RV and Golf Club. Again, a very nice spot. The Yuma is one of the largest suppliers of winter vegetables to the US and Canada. 98% of all head lettuce for distribution is grown in the Yuma area. There were fields and fields of celery, romaine lettuce, broccoli, head lettuce, parsley, and cotton. The raised rows had hundreds of plants growing in each one. A good supply of water in the area, even though it is considered a desert region, allows for generous irrigation. All the different colours and textures of the plants made it look like a giant quilt when you looked over the fields. It was pretty neat to see where all the vegetables are grown that we consume during the winter months.