(Jan) Anza Borrego State Park, located in south central California comprises 600,000 acres of mountains and desert. It’s a hikers paradise with 110 miles of trails and we and the Sheeleys enjoyed several great hikes during our 5 day stay.
The Palm Canyon hike is 2.7 miles, one way, from the Visitor’s Center, down through the campgrounds and then up a winding desert canyon to a lush Palm oasis. We crossed the stream in the canyon several times on log bridges and passes by many palm trunks and large boulders that were carried down stream during a flood which occurred in 2004 according to a Park volunteer we talked to. After a stop in the shade of the Palm grove we climbed up to an overlook above the palm grove and then headed back. We were treated to a rare sight about half way down. We were able to watch two big horn sheep (borregoes) for nearly 20 minutes as they posed for pictures and climbed the dizzying heights on the cliffs above the trail.
The Slot hike is in the Badlands on the eastern side of the park. We entered the slot canyon several hundred feet uphill from the parking lot and the fun soon began! We were delighted to find very narrow twists and turns as we scrambled down. In several places we were required to slide through sideways. There were several side passages to explore on the way down and then again on the way back as we hiked the slot both ways instead of hiking back through the desert.
Borrego Springs is home to many delightful Metal sculptures by Ricardo Breceda on Dennis Avery’s Galleta Meadows Estates. Dinosaurs can be found south of town with sculptures of everything from mastodons to missionaries to jeeps four wheeling to the north.
Here’s a couple of shots of Dean & Judy and Chuck & I helping pick grapes and getting in the middle of battle between a scorpion and a grasshopper. Fun times!
Julian, California, a quaint mountain resort town, was founded in 1869 when gold was discovered in Coleman Creek. The four of us enjoyed a fabulous burger & fries at the Julian Café and Bakery but were too full to taste that world famous apple pie that the town is also known for.
During our stay we also met up with fellow Boomers several times. Nancy & Dave were boondocking right in our area and hosted a Happy Hour for ten Boomer friends; Larry & Joyce, Steve & Donna, Judy & Dean and Chuck & I. The following evening Steve & Donna invited the Boomer group to join them at Font’s Point to watch the sunset over the Borrego Badlands; spectacular views and a fun time visiting. It’s been a great visit to Anza Borrego.