25. July 2009 05:47
Summer temperatures in Anza Borrego Desert State Park [More]
9. June 2009 17:18
Even though the legality of the Sunrise Powerlink is still being questioned, SDG&E is wasting no time in sending survey crews out along the proposed route. In some cases, according to this KUSI video they are using threats and coercion to gain access to private property.
Check out this "Turko Files" video from KUSI (You need Flash Player)
3. June 2009 03:28
Even though the Anza Borrego Desert State park has been spared from the destructive path of the Sunrise Powerlink ; the battle is far from over.
SDG&E's Southern route goes through portions of Cleveland National Forest as well as land under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management. Formerly untouched areas such as the Carrizo Gorge Wilderness Area will forever be marred by 150 foot steel towers.
Wilderness aside, what about the East County residents who live in the rural San Diego backcountry? It is estimated that the Sunrise Powerlink will affect 3000 east San Diego county residents.
This destructive impact ... [More]
29. May 2009 17:55
If the Governor has his way the Anza-Borrego Desert will be off limits due to state budget cuts.
Anza Borrego is on the chopping block along with 219 other parks in the California State Parks system. According to an article in the Union Tribune, the parks being targeted do not have enough visitors to offset the costs associated with keeping them open.
Governor Schwarzenegger's budget would cut $213 million from the state parks budget over the next two years.
So let me get this right, Californians who have had to trim back on their vacation budgets can no longer take a weekend mini-vacation to their local state park?
Please take a minute a... [More]
28. May 2009 23:27
If you are local to San Diego don't forget to stop by Hazy Meadows Ranch in Lakeside on Saturday May 30 from 11:00AM to 4:30 PM.
The fine folks over at the East County Community Action Coalition are putting on a awesome fund raiser to help with the legal expenses in the fight against the Sunrise Powerlink. There will be fantastic live entertainment during the event along with some great raffle prizes.
The Hazy Meadow Ranch is located at 15466 El Monte Rd in Lakeside. Please see flyer below for more information.
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26. May 2009 01:07
In an effort to escape the Memorial Day beach crowds, Mary and I left Leucadia and pointed the LandCruiser east. Our destination was Combs Peak located in the northern end of Anza Borrego.
At 6193 ft or 1888 m Combs Peak has the distinction of being the highest mountain in the Anza Borrego Desert State Park as well as one of the highest, most remote peaks in San Diego County.
For reference here is a list of the top 10 mountain peaks in San Diego
Hot Springs Mountain
Mount Laguna-West Peak
20. April 2009 05:48
We left the coast on a sunny Sunday morning and pointed the LandCruiser east out to one of our favorite areas of Anza Borrego. A quick stop at Starbucks and Subway to fuel up and we were our way. This time we had a couple of Anza newbies, our friends Steve and Haeja.
Late April the temperatures begin to approach triple digits out in the Anza Borrego Desert so we knew this was one of our last trips of the season. Our plan was to hike from the East Fork of Carrizo Gorge out to the seldom visited Carrizo Palms. The palms are located in a remote location below the Carrizo Gorge Railway and are a bit difficult to get to.
Our hike began with a ... [More]
16. April 2009 19:57
I just caught this article in the San Diego Union Tribune giving Sempra a big pat on the back for expanding its' solar presence in the Nevada desert.
While this looks all warm, fuzzy and green on the surface we have to take a step back and look at the shortcomings of this approach.
Once again the Desert is being used as a sacrifice zone.
We will need more transmission lines to get this power to the population centers.
It maintains Sempra's control of energy production and distribution to the consumer.
Environmental issues aside, we as consumers should be asking our politicians, "Why can'... [More]
30. March 2009 14:47
The Anza Borrego wild flower season
is coming to a close so we decided to take a day trip out to explore the Canyon Sin Nombre area with a group of friends. Canyon Sin Nombre translates to "Canyon Without a Name" which makes it sound a bit more ominous then it really is. Sure there are some deep sand sections and some boulders to negotiate, but in general a stock 4WD can traverse this section of the Carrizo Badlands without any problems.
We left behind overcast skies on the coast and by the time we reached the Tecate divide the sun was shining and the sky was a brilliant blue.
Our first stop was the overlook just south ... [More]
11. March 2009 18:47
I drove out to Alpine after work to attend the town hall information meeting that SDG&E was holding to answer questions about the controversial Sunrise Powerlink. SDG&E had all the bases covered here. Besides cookies and drinks, residents could get color GIS printouts of where the line would run in reference to their property. You simply had to give the technician your parcel number and voila you get a map printout with an ugly green line bisecting it. You know green for"Green Energy".Many residents seemed caught off guard with various portions of the approved route especially with how close it ran to some property lin... [More]