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Exploring Torote Canyon - Anza Borrego

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The Jacumba mountains impeded the storm from moving further east into Anza Borrego




Trail-head at Torote Canyon




Someone left this cool marker at the trailhead




Ocotillo guards the entrance to Torote Canyon




Small family of barrel cactus




Torote Canyon is home to a fair number of the rare Elephant Tree




Cholla Wrestling







Torote canyon opens up into a huge sandy valley.




Beavertail cactus on a small ridge




Anza Borrego postcard shot




Looking back down Torote Canyon




Small buds on a Teddy Bear Cholla. Does this mean we will have a great desert wildflower season in Anza Borrego ?




Elephant Trees were used by local indigenous occupants for a variety of medicinal purposes




Water is stored in the tissues of the twisted trunk and branches of the Elephant Tree.




Mary decided it was a good time to do a head stand




Elephant Tree silhouette




Enjoying lunch after the hike




What was that rattle I heard driving up the canyon?




Start of the Dolomite Mine Trail




Brilliant Ocotillo bloom off the Dolomite Mine trail




Checking out the abandoned Dolomite Mine




I guess this is Dolomite?




Great views from the top of the Dolomite Mine




We loved these ingenious stone steps




We kind of wondered what Betty from 1951 is doing now?




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