We left Mittry Lake after our 10 day limit. On our way to I-8 we stopped at a local RV park to dump our grey and black tanks. Friends told us not to get water at the RV park as it wasn't very good. They said the rest area on I-8 before El Centro, California had great water and a good view of Imperial Dunes. Of course, we topped off the gas tanks in the RV and the car; we also filled our propane tank even though it wasn't down very much before leaving the Yuma area.
As we drove west on I-8, we began to see road construction. Oh, no! The rest area was closed! Now where would we find fresh water to fill our tank? Well, after looking at my map on the laptop, I suggested we go to the military base just west of El Centro. If nothing else, maybe we could fill our fresh water tank. After little discussion, we headed for El Centro NAF (naval auxiliary field), winter home of the Blue Angels.
We were able to get a campsite for the night and the Auto/Hobby Shop had a free car wash so the CRV is now clean (for a day anyway). We took the opportunity of having full hook-ups to have long, luxurious showers, to use the microwave, and to enjoy cable television! We hadn't had hook-ups for 39 days--since the RV park near Zion in Utah! We plan to continue not having hook-ups the remainder of our time in California.
The next morning we stowed our things and headed for the Salton Sea. It is the largest lake in California. Our first stop was Sonny Bono National Wildlife Refuge at the southern end of the lake. After looking around the visitor center we walked Rock Hill Trail to see Salton Sea. Near the end of the trail we saw an area with man-made islands. Salton Sea is saltier than the Pacific Ocean, but this pond has fresh water pumped in for nesting birds. The pond also has an electric fence around it to keep out predators.