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Mar 22, 2015 - The Slot and Split Mountain

Sunday, March 22: Anza-Borrego Desert SP Route: Tamarisk Grove Campground → S3 → US-78 → Borrego Springs Rd → S3 → Tamarisk Grove Weather: 65F with cloudy morning skies and a high of 89F with strong, hot winds by afternoon Trip Average Gas Mileage: 27.9mpg Highlights: - walking through The Slot - eating french fries for lunch - resting in the shade in the afternoon Today's forecast was for another 90F day but we were hoping the wispy cloud cover this morning would help keep the temperature lower. It was already 73F at 8:00 when we...

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Mar 21, 2015 - Hellhole Canyon and Sky Art

Saturday, March 21 (Spring!): Anza Borrego Desert SP Route: Tamarisk Grove Campground → S3 → Borrego Springs Rd. → S3 → Tamarisk Grove Weather: 62F with clear morning skies and a high of 94F with hot winds by afternoon Trip Average Gas Mileage: 27.9mpg Highlights: - hiking Hellhole Canyon Trail to the amazing Maidenhair Falls - seeing a quail, a roadrunner and several hummingbirds - touring the "Sky Art" from the car - sharing dinner with and learning about our camping neighbour, Reiner - the cool evening air after such a hot...

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Mar 20, 2015 - About Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and Tamarisk Grove Campground

About Anza-Borrego Desert State Park: In area, this park encompasses ½ the total land of all 280 parks in the California State Park system. It is huge – about 60 miles from the north to the south boundary – with few direct, paved roads to travel on. The initial parcel of land was granted to the state in 1932. Its initial mission was to preserve its viewshed from encroachment by development and to protect the habitat of the endangered Peninsular Bighorn Sheep (el borrego). As more was discovered within the park boundaries and nearby, more...

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Mar 20, 2015 - Anza-Borrego Desert S.P. via Salton Sea

Friday, March 20: Joshua Tree National Park to Anza-Borrego Desert SP via the Salton Sea Route: Cottonwood Spring Rd(S) → Box Canyon Rd(S) → CA-111S → Sinclair Rd. → Gentry Rd(S) → CA-86NW → CA-78W after being cleared through a Border Control Checkpoint Weather: 55F with clear morning skies and a high of 86F with light breezes by afternoon Trip Average Gas Mileage: 27.6mpg Highlights: - seeing the Salton Sea up close - learning about the All American Canal - The beautiful underground Anza-Borrego Desert SP Visitor Center As lovely as...

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Nov 26, 2013 - Temecula

Thursday, November 21, 2013 We left Yuma heading west past the Imperial Sand Dunes, huge mountains of sand, then headed north for Niland where we were going to stay at Slab City an abandoned military base where the buildings are gone but the concrete foundations remain. We went passed Niland but did not find Slab City so we continued around the Salton Sea one of the largest inland bodies of water in the world. We stopped at Bombay Beach and took a good look at the water. The water was very salty with crusty growth all around the shore. We...

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Feb 20, 2013 - Anza-Borrego, day 9, Hot Spgs, Pictographs

Day 38 (am temp 38.7 – correct this time) Anza-Borrego, day 9, Hot Springs, Pictographs With a little rain last night, and snow in the hills, I opted to take a chance this morning, and head towards Aqua Caliente County Park Hot Springs, about an hour away. The issue was whether the roads would be passable over the higher elevations, due to the snow. A couple vehicles I passed had 4-5 inches of snow on them. Just another adventure! Certainly a strange sight in the desert is passing a dump truck with a snow removal blade on the front!...

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Feb 19, 2013 - Anza-Borrego, day 8, Storm watch

Day 37 (am temp ?? – guess what......my outdoor thermometer’s been inside by the door the past few days. Oops!) Anza-Borrego, day 8, Storm watch With a windy morning, and the threat of a storm passing through, it seemed like a good time to catch up with misc. chores and just hunker down for the day. Of course, a little wind didn’t stop this coasty from going into town for laundry duty. Must say though, I haven’t had the need for sea legs in the trailer since leaving Newport. And it’s got nothing to do with the sea. At least desert storms...

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Feb 18, 2013 - Anza-Borrego, day 7, Glorieta & Juanito canyons

Day 36 (am temp, 50 something) Anza-Borrego, day 7, Glorieta Canyon and Juanito loop Who needs a sauna! After yesterday’s long walk, my intention was a short hike that Lance (guy from Dufur) had mentioned. Seemed like a good idea and was relatively close. According to my little Anza hike book, there were two options: 1) walk ½ mile up to a ridge saddle and back, or 2) keep going and make it a 3 ½ mile loop. The little Anza hike book hinted there wasn’t much of a path after the ridge, as it said to “pick the best route available” the .2...

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Feb 17, 2013 - Anza-Borrego, day 6, Vista del Malpais

Day 35 (am temp 54) Anza-Borrego, day 6, Vista del Malpais Most of the hikes thus far at Anza have been relatively short, so for some wacky reason, I thought I needed to do a longer one. You know – stay in shape, conditioning, etc. (Oh sure!) There were considerations however – it had to be somewhere I hadn’t been yet, no rough terrain, nothing up some remote canyon where I might get lost or injured, within a reasonable driving distance and include some form of scenery or exploratory purpose. Ok, so in checking my little Anza hiking book of...

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Feb 16, 2013 - Anza-Borrego, day 5, Julian history

Day 34 (am temp 52) Anza-Borrego, day 5, Julian Got up early for no special reason than I woke up and had to……..well, go outside for a couple minutes. It was still pretty dark out, and since I tend to overdo it with photos, decided to stay up and try a couple sunrise shots. In the meantime, a bright light buzzed across the sky, and it HAD to be the Space Station. It was too large and bright for a satellite – at least those which I’ve seen, and it was moving REALLY fast. Only took 10-15 seconds to move across the sky. Ran a couple errands...

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Feb 15, 2013 - Anza-Borrego Day 4

Day 33 (am temp 54) Anza-Borrego, Day 4 As last night was my last night in the campground, due to the weekend being booked solid, I had scouted out some places in the desert that I could dry camp for a few days. Yes, along with all the other “cheapskate” desert rats out there! The “guy from Dufur” (Lance) had given me some hints, so was able to find a spot where I wouldn’t get stuck, hopefully, and moved out there today. Was a quick ride – from the time I left the campground, to relocating and getting set up, 30 minutes had passed. People...

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Feb 14, 2013 - Anza-Borrego Day 3

Day 32 (am temp 44) Anza-Borrego, Day 3 One of the more interesting hikes people have mentioned is the “slots”, which is a slot canyon located in one of the Badlands areas of the park. Almost all of the “side” roads in the park are classified as jeep roads, and are essentially dirt roads, some of which require 4-wheel drive. This one wasn’t too bad – only a mile in. The pictures will tell this story, as the slot canyon itself was around 75-100 yards long. A couple areas were pretty tight, and I had to take off the backpack in order to go...

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