19. April 2010 16:54
Join David, a member of our Anza Borrego Forums, as he hikes up the Wilson Trail for a solo overnight backpack trip.
The trail to Pinyon Ridge is called the Wilson Trail. It follows an old Jeep road for about 5 miles and ends in a beautiful little valley just to the east of Wilson Peak. This is the sign that greets you as you pull off S-22 and head for the trail head.
19. March 2010 04:17
Deep in the rugged expanse of Carrizo Gorge in the Anza Borrego desert, there is a small cave of pictographs that few have ever seen. The area is surrounded by large unstable mountains, choked with catclaw, and littered with large truck size boulders. The Carrizo Gorge also marks the transition from the Colorado Desert to the dry San Diego coastal mountains.
We have visited the area numerous times. At one point Mary and I tried to scout a route to Goat Canyon along Carrizo Gorge. While this is doable, we were eventually turned back by thick groves of catclaw that proceeded to tear at our skin and clothes.
Fast forward to a couple mont... [More]
14. March 2010 03:10
I signed Mary and I up for a day trip with the Anza-Borrego Foundation to Harper Cabin in the central part of the Anza Borrego Desert. My reasoning for signing up for an organized tour was two-fold. First the hike was being led by Mark Jorgensen who probably knows the Anza Borrego Desert better than anybody, and second while we know the southern area of the Anza Borrego Desert fairly well, we are not very familiar with the central area. We are "down-southers" according to Mark.
The tour was set to leave at 8AM from the Tamarisk Grove campground so with our neighbor's Don and Kathleen in tow we packed sandwiches, filled water bottles, l... [More]
7. March 2010 05:12
I took another scouting trip to the south end of the Anza Borrego Desert to see how the wildflowers and cactus blooms were progressing. It looks like we have another couple weeks for a peak bloom in the southern areas. There are many cacti with buds that are ready to explode.
This beautiful Barrel Cactus near Indian Hill was getting a jump start on its neighbors.
We also noticed a few small Fishook Cacti with tiny rings of flowers.
Penstemon pseudospectabilis(?) nestled between the rocks.
Unfortunately on our search for wildflowers near Arroyo Seco del Diablo and Arroyo Tapiado we noticed a large amount of Sahara Mustard in areas t... [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]
3. March 2009 05:59
Anza Borrego WildFlowers, Wildflower Report [More]
26. February 2009 18:20
In an effort to win over East County ratepayers , SDG&E opened up a month long series of informational meetings in various East County locations.
Unfortunately for SDG&E the first meeting in Lakeside was met with fierce opposition. Local residents are concerned with the destruction of views in the pristine El Monte Valley as well as the El Capitan Open Space Preserve.
Is this really a place for a series of 150' tall metal towers ? No, particularly for a powerline that is not needed, is not guaranteed to carry energy from renewable sources, and damages the environment.
There are many alternatives for meeting... [More]
17. October 2007 00:04
Decided to "Blogisize" this for ease of maintenance and navigation. The old site looked great but as it got bigger it was really hard to maintain.
Hopefull now it will be a lot easier to navigate and update so stay tuned.
Here is a quick pic from a couple years ago when the wild flowers were just intense. That's our friend Jan in the background and our dog Tia in the foreground. Hopefully this year we get something close to this. It was pretty unreal to be driving through a dry sandy wash and suddenly be blinded by fields of pink and white Desert wild flowers.
We are going to be heading out to Borr... [More]
14. February 2005 05:01
Incredible wildflower displays in Anza Borrego [More]