2. April 2011 17:25
This started out as one of those trips that looked like it might not happen.
First there was the over anxious border patrol agent that hassled me at the Mortero Wash checkpoint. I am not sure why he singled me out? Perhaps it was the combination of the sunglasses, beard and the Lazy Lizard baseball cap that aroused his suspicions?
Next as I pulled off at Indian Gorge, Daren was heading out in his big Dodge diesel looking a little stressed. OK sure I was an hour late (sorry Daren) but this looked like something else. He explained that while on a short morning hike, he got stung by an irritated bee which caused an allergic ... [More]
31. March 2011 20:50
Its' nice to hike off the established trails and really explore the Anza Borrego Desert. Of course you have to be aware of the various hazards that you may encounter such as sharp cactus, rock, bees, snakes and other things that seem intent on ruining your day.
Lucky for us our snake encounter was of the non-poisonous kind.
This particular snake, known in the desert southwest as a Red Racer (?) seemed content to lie in the sun with his head in the shade and let us take candid pictures of him.
More Anza Borrego Wildflower Photos Here
26. March 2011 02:53
This small desert mouse stole a cracker while we were enjoying the campfire on our last camping trip. Unfortunately for him it wouldn't quite fit in his den.
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21. March 2011 04:59
We did a quick overnight trip to Anza Borrego to check on the wildflowers and to do a little hiking. We were excited to find some Monkeyflower, Sand Verbena, Desert Pincushion, Desert Dandelions and a few blooming barrel cactuses.
I will have to say the big winners are the Ocotillo and the Chuparosa. I have never seen such amazing Ocotillo blooms! The tips range from a flaming red to a bright orange and they are all over the southern Anza Borrego Desert. The Chuparosa bush, a hummingbird favorite, has also been quite prolific in the southern areas and worth checking out.
I think the cold weather has delayed the wildflower peak, &n... [More]
7. March 2011 17:08
The morning fog that was shrouding the coast, finally let up as we dropped down into Santee from the Mission trails summit. We were driving out to Anza Borrego to meet up with our hiking buddy Daren for a hike out to Inner Pasture. A majority of our hike would be just west of the Anza Borrego State Park on BLM administered lands.
Besides being one of the more isolated, beautiful regions of the Anza Borrego desert; the area is also a corridor for immigrant traffic, a fact we would soon substantiate by the clothing and water bottles discarded along the trail.
First thing we noticed as we hiked up the wash towards Inner Pasture, was tha... [More]
21. February 2011 05:40
What I love about living in San Diego is that I can be walking our dog Diesel on the beach in the morning and an hour and a half later be on a snow covered road about to drop down into the Anza Borrego Desert.
Granted the snow part is somewhat rare, but usually a few times a year the conditions will be just right to transform our local mountains into a winter wonderland.
As we approached the Sunrise Highway turnoff, we considered abandoning our Anza Borrego desert plans and taking a detour up to Mount Laguna to enjoy the snow. A quick glance at the hundreds of cars lined up to get their "Adventure Passes" before heading up the m... [More]
21. February 2011 01:55
We had the unfortunate surprise of finding one of the Sunrise Powerlink staging areas as we were heading out to Anza Borrego for the day. This construction yard was just south of the 8 Freeway in Jacumba near the U.S. Mexican border. If you look close you can see the Southwest Powerlink towers in the background as well as the U.S. border fence.
4. February 2011 21:11
My overnight Anza Borrego wildflower scouting trip began with a stop at New Leaf Biofuels in Barrio Logan. New Leaf is currently the only location in San Diego where you can buy B99 Bio-Diesel. I filled up 10 Scepter Gas Cans (50 gallons), helped Danny load them into the LandCruiser and headed east hoping to find a campsite before dark.
By the time I arrived in Mortero Wash, I barely had enough light left to crank up the Maggiolina Tent, pull out the chair and open up a cold Bohemia.
The desert sky was clear which was good and bad. The good is that I counted 5 or 6 shooting stars, the bad was that it meant nightime temperatur... [More]
21. January 2011 00:23
Come springtime, many southern Californians turn their attention east towards the Anza Borrego Desert. The attraction is the annual wildflower blooms, that can instantly transform this unforgiving landscape into a flourishing garden.
Unfortunately this annual pilgrimage is in jeopardy as the Anza Borrego desert is under attack from a relentless invader, innocuously named Sahara Mustard.
Sahara Mustard is considered an invasive species and lately has been choking out many of the native wildflowers in the Borrego Valley and surrounding areas.
So you are probably asking yourself, "What can I do?". Well you can... [More]
18. January 2011 17:26
iPhone, CalParks iPhone App, iPhone GPS, GPS, Anza Borrego iPhone [More]