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1st part of my vacation - Anza Borrego
4/2/08, 7:53am
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I took two weeks of vacation in March and for the first portion I decided to visit my parents in Escondido. After a few days of hanging out around there (see http://www.tarol.com/escondido.html) I convinced them to go tent camping one night out in the desert. Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is an easy 1.5 hour drive from where they live (with no need to get on a single freeway to get there, it's all backroads) and is it ever beautiful this time of year Lots of wildflowers blooming, tons of wildlife, and wonderful warm weather (during the day anyway, it was chilly at night).

We camped in an area of the park called Blair Valley. It is higher in elevation than where the town of Borrego is so the flowers were just starting to bloom. But the scenery was wonderful and we heard coyotes and heard an owl calling all that afternoon and evening. The next morning we saw it fly away, it was huge! These primitive or dispersed campsites are off of a dirt road and there is no water or trash pickup but there is one pit toilet near the highway. Since it was Monday night we pretty much had the place to ourselves.

The next day we went north towards the town of Borrego Springs. Just north of there the flowers were amazingly abundant... beautiful purplish-pink sand verbena carpeted the desert floor and we saw huge caterpillars and a huge desert iguana

More photos here! http://www.tarol.com/anzaborrego2.html

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4/2/08, 8:22am
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Great pictures!

This seems like it's a good year for wildflowers. There are a lot of them in Malibu Canyon, even in the burn areas. It's great to see.

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4/3/08, 5:01am
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As always...just amazing pictures Carol. Was that a rock your tent was on?

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4/3/08, 11:23am
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lol, nope, we set it up right behind the rock.

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