Richard Charpentier Notes from Rich, Photography, Photoshop, RLC Design 4 Comments

palm-1Excitement is building here.  This time next week I’ll be making my way to Borrego Springs!

I wish I could redirect folks to my original blog, but currently I can’t.  Hackers got into it pretty good a few months ago and even the backed up database still has lines of redirect scripts.  Here and there I do clean through data fields, and eventually I’ll put it back up again.

Why do I wish the old blog was still up?  Because you could look back to the first trip to Borrego, the place where a ton of change occurred.

I first arrived at Anza-Borrego at the end of February 2007.  Still not feeling my best, and honestly feeling pretty lost about finding the “right place” to settle down again, I pulled into this strange place not knowing what to expect.

What I found in Borrego Springs was a remote town in the California Desert.  I found interesting hikes, scenes that I’d never expected, and a place that put a smile on my face.  It was quite the change after an extremely hard year.

bairstream-1Without a doubt, that visit in 2007 was a turning point for me.  Now, two years later I’m heading back again.  It’s my “gratitude” trip.  I took one last year as well.  After leaving Anza Borrego and having a good time I found my new home, Prescott.  Had I not found Borrego would I have found my new home?  I don’t know.  But I think that my turning point moment on the road was needed before I found what I was looking for.

I’m also looking forward to going back there to take more photos.  It’s an amazing area full of opportunities to capture amazing scenes.  Given how much I’ve learned in the past year I can’t wait to see what I come away with this time.

Last time I was there I made several series that amazed me.  Go figure my favorite series accidentally got deleted from my primary external drive and I hadn’t bothered firing up the secondary backup drive.  That left me with beautiful thumbnails in my Lightroom Library, but no actual photos.  Sheer torture.  Won’t happen again this year!

So, I can’t wait.  The Airstream will be prepped this week.  The water tank refilled.  The pantry stocked with extra goodies.  And the camera batteries will all get an extra recharge.

If you want to know what’s happening in Borrego right now I’d suggest checking Bert & Janie’s blog.  They’ve been out there for a bit now!

Who knows, maybe another Gadget’s Airstream Chronicles podcast will get created again…..yeah, that’s been a while I know.

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  1. Doesn’t seem like it was 2 years ago now. Good to see you found “home”. Also, it would be a welcome treat to see the rebirth of the podcasts!

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  3. Well… excitement is starting to build here too. Especially after Bert posted that the desert wildflowers are already starting:

    We look forward to seeing you again on your annual pilgrimage to Borrego Springs where you helped me do my first field report and where you savored Vermont Hickory Smoked Beef Jerky while hiking up Palm Canyon in search of Big Horn Sheep:

    We were literally surrounded with blooming flowers… and you also brought your beef jerky up Ghost Mountain:

    After these recent rains, the flowers should be spectacular! See you there!

  4. Hi Rich, I hope all is well! Brigitte, Oliver, Claudia and the Portugese water dogs, Xena and Vito, are doing well. And try as you might, I can still find you! So this is where you’ve been hanging out. And I’m probably one of the few who may have a suspicion that “Alan Greenspan” may be THAT Mr.Greenspan … ;-))

    Stay dry, warm, and yerself.


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