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

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

 

Sheep Canyon – ABDSP

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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.

Jeepin’

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

Links:    Tread Lightly    previous related post

17 Palms Oasis View

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This pic shows the beautiful desert view looking north from the 17 Palms Oasis in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.

Links:   previous related post

Hawk Canyon

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A beautiful place for primitive camping is Hawk Canyon in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.  The sandstone cliffs are salmon colored and an unusual shade of green, and were once part of a ancient marine environment.   Not far to the west is The Slot, an interesting slot canyon, and subject of an earlier post.

Links:   San Diego Union-Tribune     The Slot post

Font’s Point

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Font’s Point was named for Father Pedro Font, official chaplain and diarist on Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza’s expeditions of 1775-76, who described the scene as “the sweepings of the earth”.  This viewpoint of the Borrego Badlands is located east of Borrego Springs, about 4 miles south of the S22.

Links:   DesertUSA