20. February 2013 16:46
Since we are rapidly approaching desert wildflower season in Anza Borrego ....
I thought I would post a little preview of what we can expect to see.Stay tuned for future wildflower and cactus bloom updates
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7. January 2013 00:46
We were invited by our friends J & E to meet up for a day hike out in Anza Borrego. Our destination was a windswept area known as "The Slot", a narrow passageway through the eroded badlands below Borrego Mountain.
After a short drive from J & E's Borrego Spring's home we exited the pavement onto the soft sand dirt road, and bounced our way towards the trail head. We parked the vehicles and followed the trail of footprints leading down into the maze below.
Immediately the sandstone walls rose around us and we found ourselves squeezing through the ever narrowing labyrinth. At certain points we even had to turn sideways to fit thru bef... [More]
29. December 2012 17:36
Despite the allure of its' name the Well of Eight Echoes located off the S2 is one of those attractions that leaves you scratching your head. The well is a 1 foot plus wide steel pipe that apparently extends close to a hundred feet into the ground.
In its heyday before visitors filled it with pebbles and who knows what, you could yell down the opening and listen for a gradual decrescendo of echoes.
There are a couple conflicting stories on the origin of the well; one is that the pipe is what's left of a fountain head from a failed cotton growing venture in the 1920's, while others claim it was an attempt at drilling for oil... [More]
26. November 2012 02:29
Adjacent to the S2 highway in the Anza Borrego Desert , is a small turnout marked by a historical landmark sign . It is easy to drive right by without giving it a second notice which is unfortunate.
The sign, numbered 472, marks a significant spot, where in 1847 a battalion of Mormon volunteers led by Philip St. George Cooke blazed a new wagon route west. The narrow route was widened using only handtools to allow the passage of wagons and equipment on their way into California. To circumvent the steep dry waterfall , the still visible trail was carved up along the canyon wall and continued west through the Anza ... [More]
29. October 2012 19:15
We took a quick overnight trip out to Anza Borrego to hike the tracks a bit and explore the Indian Hill area.
I had not been out to the southern Anza Borrego desert since they started construction of the Ocotillo Express wind farm and was saddened to see the damage.
Where once stood large forests of Ocotillo, now resembled something out of an apocalyptic nightmare. The monstrous wind towers dwarfed anything around them and along with the huge SDG&E switchyard and imposing Sunrise Powerlink transmission towers have forever industrialized the tranquil desert around Ocotillo.
Ironic isn’t it, that something marketed as "Green" has d... [More]
17. August 2012 17:44
Remember a few years back, when everyon'e favorite utility company SDG&E was trying to route the infamous Sunrise Powerlink through Anza Borrego ?
Well it was good news for Park lovers when an alternate route was chosen, but unfortunately the approved southern route forever marred many pristine areas of the San Diego backcountry. In addition many so called Green projects, fueled by government subsidies and corporate greed are currently destroying miles upon miles of desert ecosystems.
The battle is far from over; grass roots efforts are springing up everywhere to stop the destruction of our natural desert resources.
In the me... [More]
10. August 2012 17:40
STOP THE DESTRUCTION OF OCOTILLO!
TAKE A STAND IN THE SAND
Saturday, August 11 at 7 a.m.
Meet at the Ocotillo Community Center Park
Join us Saturday to make a Stand in the Sand
Directions: From I-8- Exit S-2/ Imperial Highway (Ocotillo/Desert Parks exit). Go north on S2. The park is about 1 mile north of Ocotillo on your right.
Up to 40 million acres of public lands are targeted for industrialization with renewable energy development. Ocotillo Wind is the beginning – and must be the end. San Diego mountains
STAND IN THE SAND-REVISED FLYER
6. July 2012 23:56
In one of Baja's most picturesque desert landscapes filled with Boojum Trees, massive Cardons and truck sized boulders; there is an ancient cave filled with colorful geometric shapes and humanesque forms.
Credit for these colorful pictographs is given to the Cochimi Indians who inhabitated a significant portion of Central Baja thousands of years ago.
We set out in the noontime desert heat and made our way up the sandy swithchback up towards the cave. The triple digit temperatures quickly dropped as we entered the large cavern.
There we were greeted by bright yellow, orange, red and black etchings that were remarkably similiar to the drawin... [More]
29. May 2012 18:29
Anza Borrego Bighorn Sheep [More]
16. May 2012 18:08
Jim Pelley of Ocotillo graciously supplied these photos of the first day of the Ocotillo Express Wind Farm construction.
Pattern's Earth Moving equipment has already caused substantial damage to the fragile desert outside of Ocotillo.
Crushed Ocotillo plant. Ocotillo plants can live 60 years and there have been reported cases of 100 year old Ocotillo. Unfortunately this one had its' life cut short by Pattern's Earth Moving equipment.
Another crushed Ocotillo plant.
Good chance this dormant Ocotillo in the foreground won't be standing much longer
My favorite part about this picture is the BLM L... [More]