Borrego Springs: February 14-17, 2015

Amelia in a field of Desert Sand Verbena & Brown-eyed Evening Primrose.

Amelia in a field of Desert Sand Verbena & Brown-eyed Evening Primrose.

Surprise! The wild flowers are out. We are still in the grips of a severe drought, but there has been just enough rain to make the desert explode with color.  After last year’s disappointing flower season we weren’t even thinking about flowers.  We went up the easily accessible and always busy Coyote Wash the first day.  Our second day, we went up Henderson Canyon.  It was our first time up this isolated canyon, but definitely won’t be our last.

The mantra this trip was, “Where’s old man Birch?”  What was to be a nice little social trip boon docking with friends, ending up being a quiet Mr. & Mrs. trip.  It was a comedy of errors that would’ve made for a great half hour sit-com.  The ingredients were a voice mailbox that hasn’t been set up, phone ringers not turned on, not having everyone else’s contact info, and not a clear understanding of the Clark Dry Lake boon docking area.  At one brief point we were probably within a half mile of each other, but we never connected.  What a shame.

There was no battery stress this trip, which was a huge relief after the debacle in Tucson.  The solar panel kicked ass.  I guess having the sun out longer and up higher, plus the low temperature of 55, instead of 18 degrees, makes all the difference.

Hot Springs Mountain, elevation 6535ft. The highest peak in San Diego County.

Hot Springs Mountain, elevation 6535ft. The highest peak in San Diego County.

Up close view of the Desert Sand Verbena & Brown-eyed Evening Primrose.

Up close view of the Desert Sand Verbena & Brown-eyed Evening Primrose.

Desert Globe Mallow.

Desert Globe Mallow

Octotillo bloom.

Octotillo in bloom.

Perhaps the blue ribbon winner at the 2015 Del Mar Fair!

Perhaps the blue ribbon winner at the 2015 Del Mar Fair!

Pollen from the Brown-eyed Evening Primroses.

Pollen from the Brown-eyed Evening Primroses.

Sara sulking in the truck after the Park Ranger yelled at her for walking off the road. It didn't matter that she was leashed.

Sara sulking in the truck after the Park Ranger yelled at her for walking off the road. It didn’t matter that she was leashed.

Borrego Art Institute, definitely worth a visit. They did a wonderful job gutting and remodeling this old grocery store.

Borrego Art Institute, definitely worth a visit. They did a wonderful job gutting and remodeling this old grocery store.

Can you see the lady's face?

Can you see the lady’s face?

A row of nine foot Madagascar Palms at BAI. These are the tallest ones we've seen. We have a couple of two foot ones in our yard. I wonder if we'll be alive when they get this tall?

A row of nine foot Madagascar Palms at Borrego Art Institute.  These are the tallest ones we’ve seen.  We have a couple of two foot ones in our yard.  I wonder if we’ll be alive when they get this tall?

The first evening and best sunset of the trip.

The first evening and best sunset of the trip.

The warm morning glow of our boon dock spot.

The warm morning glow of our boon dock spot.

Pale Yellow Sun Cup.

Pale Yellow Sun Cup

Desert Chickory.

Desert Chickory

Desert Monkey Flower

Desert Monkey Flower

Desert Gold Poppy, maybe the red ribbon winner at the 2015 Del Mar Fair.

Desert Gold Poppy, maybe the red ribbon winner at the 2015 Del Mar Fair.

Chuparosa. I like saying that word.

Chuparosa, I like saying that word.

Desert Lavender. All fuzzed up before the purple flowers appear.

Desert Lavender, all fuzzed up before the purple flowers appear.

Trailing Windmills.

Trailing Windmills

Padre y su perro.

Padre y su perro.

Desert Dandelions

Desert Dandelions

Desert Star.

Desert Star

Clark Dry Lake. It is a real trip walking on the lake bed.

Clark Dry Lake. It is a real trip walking on the lake bed.

 

File this under the little things in life are the best.  There’s nothing like driving through a lemon grove in full bloom on a warm evening with all your windows rolled down.  The fragrance is unbelievable.  Then pick a bunch of lemons and have your wife make fresh squeezed lemonade the next day in the afternoon.

Delicious.

Delicious.

San Diego County, what a great place.

7 thoughts on “Borrego Springs: February 14-17, 2015

  1. nice blog . Pretty flowers. Glad you had a good trip this time compared to the December one. Berni and I are planing on a trip over there when she comes in April . Will go see the art center for sure. Ruth

  2. Memories, memories!  I’m happy you were able to see the flowers again.   My favorites are the Chuparosa and Octotillo’s.  Of course I would have been scanning for rocks and fossils.  Love you

    Sent from Samsung tabletAJC6NJD05

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