Discovery Center at Ocotillo Wells SVRA


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


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!

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Desert Rendezvous 2017


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.



Stellar’s Jay Hiking Buddy


This Stellar’s Jay hiked alongside me for over a hundred yards while I was hiking the Desert View Trail that takes off behind the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway upper station.  Alas, he did not get the handout he wanted so he probably did not enjoy my company as much as I enjoyed his!

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Sheep Canyon – ABDSP


Over this past weekend I camped at Sheep Canyon in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park with a great group of folks.  This pic shows our campsite with a view of a palm oasis on the mountain behind.  The campsite was next to a stream which actually had some flowing water in it!  Didn’t get to hike up to the oasis on this trip but definitely want to come back and get a closer view.

Sekhmet Statues at Hearst Castle


These depictions of Sekhmet, an Egyptian goddess with the head of a lion and the body of a woman, are from the 18th and 19th Dynasties (1550-1187 BC).  Sekhmet was the protector of the sun god Ra.

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Angel Statue at Hearst Castle


One of the many beautiful artworks at Hearst Castle (near San Simeon) is this angel statue.   Awesome views of the coast from this vantage point also.

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More Fall Color at Lake Hemet


Besides nice “fall color” views of the lake (see previous post), there are also beautiful views with the mountains in the background.  Get out and enjoy fall in California!

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Fall Color at Lake Hemet


I found a little fall color at Lake Hemet this past weekend.  Several campers were out enjoying the fabulous fall weather.



As a Jeep enthusiast, I couldn’t resist posting this Ricardo Breceda sculpture that is located in Borrego Springs.  Just remember to “tread lightly”.

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