Exploring the Desert

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This pic is from a few weeks ago when we were out looking for wildflowers in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area.  We had just turned off of the 78 onto Buttes Pass Road that goes to The Slot and Hawk Canyon.

Links:   The Slot    Hawk Canyon    Desert Lily

Beavertail Cactus Flower

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This pic shows a closeup of a beavertail cactus flower from Desert Garden in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (on the way to Coyote Canyon).  Photo credit goes to Jack Springer who was with me on this outing.

Links:  previous related post

Trona Pinnacles

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This past weekend I attended The Adventure Portal’s “Run to the Sun” event at Trona Pinnacles near Ridgecrest.  Over 100 groups of overlanding enthusiasts were on hand to make new friends, learn new skills at three excellent training seminars, and explore the interesting topography.  This pic shows the area where I was camped as seen through a hole in one of the rock formations known as “the portal”.

Links:   The Adventure Portal

 

5 Palms

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An interesting site between the Pumpkin Patch and Arroyo Salado campground in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is 5 Palms.  I think they look pretty regal sitting up on the hill.

Beavertail Cactus Flowers

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This beavertail cactus, at Desert Garden in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park on the way to Coyote Canyon, was creating quite a stir with photographers lined up to snap a pic.  It was pretty spectacular!

Desert Lily at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

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Took a quick day trip this week to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park to view the wildflower explosion that is the result of all the winter rains that we had this year.  The wildflowers were truly outstanding and probably haven’t quite reached their peak yet.  The desert lilies were my favorite and this pic shows a beautiful example, which we found on Buttes Pass Road just before the turnoff to The Slot.  Click on the links below for wildflower updates.

Links:    wildflower updates

 

RC Truck Off-Road Course

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This pic shows just one of the obstacles at the RC truck off-road course just to the left of the Discovery Center at Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA).  I’m not sure who was having the most fun, the kids or the adults!!

Links:   Ocotillo Wells SVRA     previous related post

Discovery Center at Ocotillo Wells SVRA

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The Discovery Center at Ocotillo Wells SVRA is a great source of information about what’s available in the park, the applicable regulations, maps of the area, etc.  I was impressed by the displays of native animals and most surprised by the badger seen in this pic.  I was not aware that badgers lived in the desert!  The Center also has a balloon tired wheel chair available for loan so everyone can get out and enjoy the desert.

Links:  Ocotillo Wells SVRA

Desert Cleanup

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In my last post I discussed attending the American Adventurist Desert Rendezvous 2017 in Ocotillo Wells.  A major part of that event was a cleanup of the desert landscape around where we were camped.  All attendees fanned out across the desert with garbage bags in hand and picked up anything that shouldn’t have been there.  The most interesting find was a large gun safe which had been drilled twice but was still locked!

Links:  previous related post

Desert Rendezvous 2017

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I spent the past weekend at the American Adventurist Desert Rendezvous 2017 which was held in Ocotillo Wells on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land close to the Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area.  A great time was had by the 125+ participants as they made new friends, learned new skills, inspected each other’s rigs, went on trail rides and just enjoyed being out in the desert.  This pic shows three vehicles that were parked close to me.  Love the Ursa Minor top on the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon in the foreground.