For 20 years Bob Byron has been coming to the Imperial Valley to enjoy the sand dunes with his family.
This New Year's weekend was no different, except, he said, he did notice more law enforcement officers in the area.
Byron arrived Thursday in the motor home that also carried his family and some all-terrain vehicles. The family stayed in the Gordon Wells area, a section of the sand dunes he said is more family-oriented than the Glamis area.
On Monday, Byron gassed up his motor home at the 7-Eleven store on Ocotillo Drive in El Centro. His plan was to stop at Rio Bend RV Resort Ranch to cleanup and relax a bit before leaving for his home in Santee.
Byron was just one of an estimated 50,000 people who gathered in the sand dunes for the New Year's holiday.
If he noticed more law enforcement, that was the way it should be, according to local, state and federal authorities manning the dunes over the long holiday weekend.