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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

A Return Trip to Borrego Springs: Exploration and Relaxation


When we were here last year we stayed at Borrego Palm Canyon campground in Anza Borrego State Park. This year we decided to boondock on BLM land off or Rock House Tr. We first learned about this area from reading the WheelingIt blog. Nina gives a great review of this boondocking area here.

Lois, JoAnne & Hal at Fonts Point
View west from Fonts Point
Under the Exploration heading: We first headed out to Fonts Point. There is an amazing view of the Borrego Badlands, the entire Borego Valley and a couple million years of geologic history.

The town of Borrego Springs is itself worthy an interesting no, I will say it… funky little town. It is as described in the Visitors Guide, “A world away from traffic, from chain stores, from commotion, from crowds, from deadlines, from the predictable, from the mundane.”

JoAnne and Lois at the Borrego Springs Farmers Market

Friday morning means farmer’s market at Christmas Circle (the roundabout and park on the east side of town). While not a huge market there was a great selection of farm fresh produce, flowers, baked goods and other hand-crafted goodies.

After the market we drove around Galleta Meadows to see the wonderful desert sculptures of Ricardo Brededa. The serpent is probably the most famous but the 1946 Willys Jeep is one of my favorites.

Lois, JoAnne, Rick & Hal at Julian Cafe
It was still early enough to make it up to Julian for lunch and some of their famous Apple Pie… simply the best.

We spent all day Saturday driving through the washes that snake through the badlands.

17 Palms
Prospectors Mailbox
Hidden Treasure
Our fist stop was 17 Palms with its Prospectors Post office – while here we also went on a treasure hunt – yes, success.

JoAnne at 5 Palms

Pumpkin Patch

We then made it past 5 Palms and Una Palma and finally to the Pumpkin Patch. This strange landscape is the result of wind and water continuously eroding the surface soil and revealing globular sandstone concretions that look much like pumpkins in size and shape. While at the Pumpkin Patch, JoAnne passed the Scat Identification test.

We could have used these for our trip back from the Pumpkin Patch
The easy part of the trip back
We decided to take a different and an unfamiliar route back to the main road. Little did we know that the picture of us pushing the jeep sculpture would be a harbinger of adventures to come. My bad for not taking pictures of some of the crazy places we found ourselves in – but I think we were all too focused on making it out safely. As Hal commented to dirt biker we caught up with to ask directions, “I don’t belong here”. So true… Anyway, we made it out and can chalk up the experience to an exciting and memorable adventure.

On the heading of Relaxing: It was great just hanging out in the very quiet and peaceful desert. We flew Hal's quad copter...that is until I crash laded it! Writing this blog and just soaking up the sun.

OK, occasionally the howling of the Coyotes broke the silence.

At night we enjoyed the very dark skies (Borrego Springs is a designated International Dark Sky Community). We sat around evening campfires fires, played cards and enjoyed adult beverages.

Happy Anniversary!
On Sunday, February 9, JoAnne and I celebrated our wedding anniversary… we had a wonderful dinner at Find The Red Ocotillo. It was extra special being able to celebrate with our good friends Hal and Lois.

For me there is something haunting and mystical about this very dry and forbidding desert that keeps drawing us back. But we are now off to Yuma.
Borrego Springs 022014

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