San Elijo Lagoon

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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

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!!

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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!

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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.

 

 

Stellar’s Jay Hiking Buddy

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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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Bob Hope Performs for the Troops

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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”

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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.

 

Peafowl at Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park

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This pic shows two of the numerous peafowl that roam  the Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park in Carlsbad.  One of the residents is pure white and quite spectacular. These two are standing on top of the bunkhouse.  Native to India, peacocks are normally an iridescent shade of blue while peahens are a more subdued brown, cream or gray.

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LEGOLAND Hotel

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Located just adjacent to LEGOLAND and Sea Life Aquarium in Carlsbad, the LEGOLAND Hotel is a themed hotel with interactive LEGO features throughout.  This pic shows the front entrance complete with a dragon.  Ground has been broken nearby on a new LEGOLAND Castle Hotel, targeted to open in the spring of 2018, which will have three different room themes: Princess, Wizard and Knight.