A couple of friends and I hiked the Clevenger Canyon South Trail this morning, which is between Escondido and Ramona just off Highway 78. (A few weeks ago I posted about the Clevenger Canyon North Trail which is slightly farther east from today’s hike.) One of the interesting features of the trail is the two metal chairs that have been cemented to the top of a large boulder, presenting a view westward down San Pasqual Valley.
Links: Clevenger Canyon North trail
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
This pic shows San Elijo Lagoon filled with water after the big rain on Feb 27, 2017, when 3-7 inches of rain fell in the watershed that feeds it. Thanks to my friend Jack Springer for allowing me to share his great shot!
Links: San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy
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!!
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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
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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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.
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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A little beyond the “Unconditional Surrender” statue recently posted is the collection of statues entitled “A National Salute to Bob Hope and the Military” which presents various branches of the military gathered in front of Bob Hope as he entertains them. He began this labor of love in 1943 and continued for 50 years. One can see the USS Midway in the background.
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“Unconditional Surrender” is that iconic statue by Seward Johnson that purportedly recreates the famous image taken in Times Square on V-J Day by photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt, which shows a World War II sailor passionately kissing a nurse to celebrate. People love to imitate the pose underneath the woman’s skirts. The 25 ft tall statue is just south of the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, and can also be seen from the ship.