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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, CA

This morning we hitched up and moved out! We pulled the Airstream up to 4000 ft elevation on I-8, crossing the rocky summits and winding down slowly to the desert floor on the eastern side. It was a marvelous scenic trip through a very quiet corner of California. Halfway along I-8, we pulled off onto an abandoned road somewhere near the border of San Diego and Imperial counties and took in the view while we had lunch.

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View from our lunch stop.

Because I was having equalization problems due to the aftereffects of the cold, we took a massive detour which allowed us to descend more slowly. It also doubled the length of our trip, and bypassed the historic town of Julian. We’ll stop in Julian on the way back, instead.

This spot rocks! Borrego Springs is a small town in the middle of a very big desert state park: Anza-Borrego State Park. We’re camped in one of the two state park campgrounds, just west of town at the foot of the mountain range. Full hookups, five bars on the mobile phones, good Internet service, endless sunshine and 70 degrees every day!

Plus, the heavy rains of last summer have yielded a bonus: desert flowers out of season. We’ve already spotted a few.

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There’s lots to do. This is high season for the park, so there are three ranger talks each day, nightly campfire programs at 7:30, and Anza Borrego is famous for great hiking, bighorn sheep, and off-roading. Even the campground is fun: everyone has colorful lights on their awnings and glorious wood campfires on the sand (in fire rings), probably getting in the mood for New Year’s Eve. I think we’re going to like it here. Tomorrow, we have some hikes planned. I’ll start posting pictures tomorrow night.

One Response to “Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, CA”

  1. Andy Says:

    Happy New Year to all of you!

    Tell me if you see any stars in the desert park. Not as exciting as fireworks, but always lovely. Yesterday I glued glow-in-the-dark stars on the kids’ bedroom ceilings. Meanwhile we haven’t seen real stars in almost a week. But at least it’s not stormy out now. Best wishes for a wonderful 2006!
    Andy, Linda, Lily, Adam