The place we’re staying in Indio is the backlot of a gated community/country club. As such you have to use a reader to get in and out of the gate (in a car). While they have sidewalks, I’m assuming that foot traffic never occurred to them AT ALL (cue Steve the environmental green weekend warrior/field guide). Hence there is NO WAY OUT of the back lot if you’re walking, save to take the gate reader with you or wait for a car to trigger the fences.
The other day I was able to slip through with a car. Then I managed to slip back between the bars coming back (lucky for me). This is because I was going opposite of the big bands of rebar poking out horizontally. Going with them was harder (my big butt and thighs were counterproductive). So, I didn’t bother to try to escape last night. I just walked from one gate to the other.
I think it’s all a bit weird. This being in captivity — selected WILLING captivity.