Good Choice – Boondocking in Anza Borrego Desert State park. The park offers 600,000 acres of great places to explore. When the sun sets just pull the RV off the main road and away from any water source and set up camp. Dispersed camping is allowed throughout the park at no charge. The scenery is priceless, the stargazing is awesome and you are not likely to have many neighbors.
Bad Choice – Deciding to camp in a forest of cholla cactus in the park. Cholla cactus (aka jumping cholla or teddy bear cholla) are beautiful, but nasty plants. They are notorious for the very loose joint attachment of their limbs, the joints with their many barbs attach to unfortunate by-passers with the slightest touch. The joints readily break off falling to the ground, so if you manage to avoid brushing against them you still have to be very careful where you walk as they will grab hold of your shoes, socks, RV tires, dog paws, RV mat, etc. Needless to say we kept the dog on a very short leash, left our shoes outside and became very proficient with pliers at pulling the barbs out of the dog and our gear.
Being attacked by the native vegetation, just another adventure in RVing!
Boondocking in the cholla forest
Endless views and great stargazing
Cholla cactus (Note the fuzzy balls on the ground, they are little land mines waiting to attack!)
Sticks in your boots
Sticks to your tires too!