If it’s Presidents’ weekend, this must be Borrego: February 15-18, 2018


South Fork Palm Wash Slot


We had a little AARP get together this Presidents’ weekend.  A few members from the local chapters 92127 and 94552 were present.  Ages: almost 50, 57, 60, 70, 72, and 74.  It was the maiden voyage for the Birch’s as close to new as you can get without being new 2017 Airstream Flying Cloud 25FB Twin.  An Eye Doctor in Orange county bought it seven months ago.  He and his wife never used it.  The furthest they went was a couple of miles from the dealer to a large empty parking lot to practice backing up.  They couldn’t back up, so they drove it back to the dealer, stored it there, and never took it out again.  It had never been slept or pooped in.  The plastic was still on the mattresses and toilet seat.  I never cease to be amazed by people.

We had a nice three night stay at our usual spot off of Rockhouse Trail Rd.  This is probably no surprise to anyone living in SoCal, but the odds of a super bloom this year are less than zero.  The drought is apparently back after a one year hiatus.  We basically saw no blooms.  On Friday, our friend Donna drove out for the day and the group did the South Fork Palm Wash Slot.



Friday morning sunrise


Glowing like an opal in the dawnlight


Old Man Birch and Donna entering the slot


The lighting was magnificent.


Oops, thankfully a wrong turn.  It might’ve been tough to get everyone up and over.  All of us waited while Donna and Amelia scouted it.


Amelia, Denise, and Donna


Exiting the slot, pictured OMB, myself, Donna, and Rob.


Sara Marie staring at you!


OMB, Rob, myself, and Amelia relaxing around the campfire.  Georgie and Diego moving fast.


On Saturday we decided to see and do something we haven’t done, The Pumpkin Patch, Una Palma, Five Palms, and the 17 Palms Oasis.  After reading up on the Pumpkin Patch we knew it was a 7.5 mile dirt road.  At about 7.2 miles you leave Anza-Borrego State Park and enter Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area.  For some reason I didn’t put one and one together.  Thankfully all the palm stops were in the State Park.



This is what one and one equals.


The famous Pumpkin Patch


Una Palma is no más.


5 Palms: the tall one is the last remaining one of the original five.  5 palms is now 6.


17 Palm Oasis is now actually something like 26 Palm Oasis.


Georgie reading the comments in the log.


Can you spot the Long-nosed Leopard Lizard?


Our usual spot


Exhausted from the big Chinese New Year celebration.  Year of the Dog!


Every year there are more and more metal sculptures.  Now they are also in town.  This one at “The Mall” caught my attention.


My new bike on Clark Dry Lake.  Yes, neon yellow is back and cooler than ever!


Saturday night dinner, courtesy of Rob and Denise.


Rob, Georgie, and crazy eyes


Saturday evening sunset


You can bet we’ll be out here again next Presidents’ weekend, but next time we are thinking about camping in the Split Mountain area.  It’s time to give Rockhouse/Clark Dry Lake a break.