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Anza Borrego Desert Flower Report March 2015

by surfponto 9. March 2015 22:08
Anza Borrego Desert Flower Report March 2015The southern area of Anza Borrego or as I like to call it , "the forgotten side" of Anza Borrego is often overlooked when it comes to desert flower season. Desert flower seekers tend to frequent the well known locales near Borrego Springs and other more accessible areas of the park. While it is true those areas, can put on a spectacular display, unfortunately you usually get the crowds along with it. Our preference is to search out the hidden washes and canyons of the south, climbing up boulder littered hillsides and hopping over stands of cholla in an attempt to get that one perfect flower picture. The downside is that you tend to go home... [More]

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Hiking to the remote Carrizo Palms

by surfponto 2. December 2014 17:22
Hiking to the remote Carrizo PalmsWe parked the Land Cruiser and prepped for the hike up the remote canyon. Beautiful sunny morning as we began our hike up the East Fork of Carrizo Gorge. Most of the way to the palm grove is uphill, which fortunately meant we would have a downhill trek back the the Land Cruiser. Found one Mylar balloon on the way up. Unfortunately Mylar balloons can take years to biodegrade. Not sure what kind of footprint this was. It is good to be back in Anza Borrego. This one actually stuck in pretty deep. :O After a two hour trek up the East Fork we arrived at the Carrizo Palms. Plenty... [More]

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Carrizo Gorge Railway Hike

by surfponto 29. October 2012 19:15
Carrizo Gorge Railway HikeWe took a quick overnight trip out to Anza Borrego to hike the tracks a bit and explore the Indian Hill area. I had not been out to the southern Anza Borrego desert since they started construction of the Ocotillo Express wind farm and was saddened to see the damage. Where once stood large forests of Ocotillo, now resembled something out of an apocalyptic nightmare. The monstrous wind towers dwarfed anything around them and along with the huge SDG&E switchyard and imposing Sunrise Powerlink transmission towers have forever industrialized the tranquil desert around Ocotillo. Ironic isn’t it, that something marketed as "Green" has d... [More]

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Butterfly in Carrizo Gorge East Fork

by Administrator 27. November 2011 18:59
Butterfly in Carrizo Gorge East ForkSnapped a closeup of a Monarch Butterfly while we were camping in Carrizo Gorge on Thanksgiving. We also managed to mount the Maggiolina Rooftop Tent onto Mary's Toyota Tacoma which takes a little bit of tweaking. :)    

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Anza Borrego Thanksgiving Camping Trip 2010

by Administrator 29. November 2010 05:15
Anza Borrego Thanksgiving Camping Trip 2010Our annual Anza Borrego Thanksgiving camping trip is something we always look forward to. While it sounds like a big hassle to lug all the food, tables, barbecues and drinks out to the desert, the rewards of sunshine and desert solitude are worth it. Nightime temperatures were in the the low 30's, but the Maggiolina Rooftop Tent kept us pretty warm. We camped in  Carrizo Gorge, which is our favorite area of Anza Borrego, and did day hikes up the East Fork as well as Four Frogs Canyon.The Ocotillo are simply amazing this time of year. During the dry summer months the Ocotillo resemble dried up sticks poking out of the desert soil. On... [More]

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Summer Sand Angels in the Anza Borrego Desert

by Administrator 15. July 2010 14:51
Summer Sand Angels in the Anza Borrego DesertIf you really want to escape the summer beach crowds of San Diego, but still want to play in the sand, you could always take a 2+ hour drive east to the Anza Borrego Desert. Our motivation was simple, June gloom had continued two weeks into July, shrouding the coast in clouds. We had forgotten what sunshine felt like. Mind you this is not journey for those who can't take a little heat. When we pulled up at the Carrizo Gorge turnoff, temperatures were already close to 100' and promised to rise throughout the morning. Suprisingly, we were not the only foolhardy souls out in Anza Borrego braving the  triple digit temperatures. When Mary ... [More]

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Spring hike to the Goat Canyon Trestle in Carrizo Gorge - 2010

by Administrator 1. May 2010 15:36
Spring hike to the Goat Canyon Trestle in Carrizo Gorge - 2010Tucked away in the southern end of the Anza Borrego Desert is an engineering marvel that, due to its' remoteness, has only been viewed by a relatively small number of people. The Goat Canyon Trestle was built in 1932 after an earthquake collapsed one of the tunnels of the Carrizo Gorge section of the San Diego Arizona Railroad. At two hundred feet tall and 750 feet long, it remains to this day the longest, tallest curved wooden trestle ever built in the United States. The sheer ruggedness of the mountainous terrain as well as the searing desert temperatures warranted the name "The Impossible Railroad". The preferred route is to park near Mo... [More]

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The hunt for the elusive Carrizo Gorge pictographs

by Administrator 19. March 2010 04:17
The hunt for the elusive Carrizo Gorge pictographsDeep in the rugged expanse of Carrizo Gorge in the Anza Borrego desert, there is a small cave of pictographs that few have ever seen. The area is surrounded by large unstable mountains, choked with catclaw, and littered with large truck size boulders. The Carrizo Gorge also marks the transition from the Colorado Desert to the dry San Diego coastal mountains. We have visited the area numerous times. At one point Mary and I tried to scout a route to Goat Canyon along Carrizo Gorge. While this is doable, we were eventually turned back by thick groves of catclaw that proceeded to tear at our skin and clothes.  Fast forward to a couple mont... [More]

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How not to cook a turkey in the Desert.....

by surfponto 29. November 2009 23:49
How not to cook a turkey in the Desert.....Our annual Thanksgiving tradition is to spend Thanksgiving with our family and then head out to Anza Borrego the following day for a couple days of desert fun. This year turned out to be one of the more memorable trips we have had, so sit back and I will try to explain what transpired. Friday morning found Mary and I heading out to Carrizo Gorge to meet Jan, Gina and crew at one of our favorite campsites. Jan had left the night before to get the Imu Pit ready. Imu Pit ? you ask. Well yes, this year after 5 successful years of grilled turkey perfection we opted to try the Polynesian method of cooking the turkey in a pit in the ground. Th... [More]

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Free Property Rights Workshop for those in the path of the Sunrise Powerlink

by surfponto 3. June 2009 03:28
Even though the Anza Borrego Desert State park has been spared from the destructive path of the Sunrise Powerlink ; the battle is far from over.  SDG&E's Southern route goes through portions of Cleveland National Forest as well as land under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management. Formerly untouched areas such as the Carrizo Gorge Wilderness Area will forever be marred by 150 foot steel towers. Wilderness aside, what about the East County residents who live in the rural San Diego backcountry? It is estimated that the Sunrise Powerlink will affect 3000 east San Diego county residents. This destructive impact ... [More]

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