Favorite Travel Quotes

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts."
-- Mark Twain
Innocents Abroad

"Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey." -- Fitzhugh Mullan

"A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving." -- Lao Tzu

Are We Still Peglegger?

©Bert Gildart:  We spent five days camped at Agua Caliente but have now returned to Springs of Borrego.  Our current campsite is back dropped by Coyote Mountain, a mountain which a small group of us managed to summit after two attempts.

Our first attempt began near Alcoholic Pass while our last and successful attempt began right from our doorstep at Pegleg Campground where we dry-camped last year for several months.  Sometimes as we sit here at The Springs and explain to other local campers that we climbed the mountain looming to our north, they seemed astounded.  But then, astonishingly, they ask, “Well, what kind of people camp at Pegleg?”

Airstream (1 of 1)

Airstream trailer backdropped by Coyote Mountain


I respond saying that all Pegleggers – every single one of them — climb mountains, ride bikes and sit around extemporizing on Dante’s Inferno and Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness.  Then in my most supercilious manner I look down my nose and say, “Look!  Here’s my wife, just back from a 15 mile ride.” Then I ask them: “And what do you do?”

Though we have enjoyed months camped at Pegleg in fact we are also enjoying our time here at The Springs.  Both areas have their attractions and at Pegleg a highlight was sitting around campfires and marveling at the night sky, something folks at The Springs can’t do as all roads here are lighted so brilliantly.

But right now we’re appreciating a number of features offered only at the Springs.  We don’t golf but we like the other amenities and after one of our daily bike rides we’ll return, take a quick shower then sit in the hot tub, perhaps with a glass of wine.  On days that are particularly hot, we’ll swim.

Five other couples are camped here in their Airstreams and one of them was the former pilot of the huge Bathyscaphe known as the Trieste.  Some of his work took him into the Mariana Trench.  As I got to know the man a bit better my admiration grew, and I laughed and told him that he’d make a good Peglegger. He said the ideal appealed to him, and that he wanted to learn more about the use of solar panels.

Mostly however we keep to ourselves so that I can work on projects of my own. But we’re human and sometimes we do spend a bit of our time thinking about the perfect response to counter those “super sophisticates” whom we encounter no matter where we go, even (and please keep this a secret); those we find out at Pegleg.




*Harper’s Ferry



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6 Responses to “Are We Still Peglegger?”

  1. Tom & Sandi Palesch Says:

    Your new trailer looks beautiful in that southern California setting.

    I just finished reading your latest book “MONTANA ICONS” yesterday and you outdid yourself. The photos are great (wish there were more) and the stories about the “icons” were wonderful and made us feel we were right there.

    You described your “best” parts of Montana and you could only scratch the surface. Your love for the state is obvious.

    Tom & Sandi

  2. Angie Gildart-Friedner Says:

    Your awning looks crooked! I know you can achieve better!
    Love, Angie

  3. Bert Gildart Says:

    Sometimes, Angie, the Sonoran Desert may get three inches of rain a year, and because I want to be prepared for that torrential fall, I tilted my awning so water would not accumulate and so sink into the middle of my awning. When you’ve lived as long as I you will find that type of preparation is germane to a sound mind and subsequently to a relaxed physical countenance.

  4. Ron Niebrugge Says:

    When we purchased our RV – I thought we would spend most of our time dry camping, but I must admit, finding places like The Springs has made that hard. All the wonderful amenities are certainly nice! Both have there place.

  5. Bert Gildart Says:

    You’re right, Ron, which is the reason we’re still here. Also, today temperatures are expected to peak near 97. We can’t run our air on solar panels, another reason to seek a place — at least for now — with first-class amenities.

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