1. February 2016 17:44
I am migrating my Anza Borrego site over to a new platform. I will slowly be moving trip reports over in the coming month so check it out when you have a chance. It is a bit of work but the new site will be mobile friendly and better search functionality.
You can check it here : www.anzaborrego.net
9. March 2015 22:08
The 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]
2. December 2014 17:22
We 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.
29. October 2012 19:15
We 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]
14. October 2010 21:32
Jon Grasson has done an excellent job of putting together an awesome resource for Desert lovers everywhere.
Dezert Magazine, an online periodical, is reminiscent of the printed Desert Magazine that ceased publication in 1985 after 40 + years of circulation . I was honored when John asked to include one of our blog entries in the first issue.
Check it out if you have a chance.
13. July 2010 17:33
Not that I am terribly surprised, but I was hopeful that Forest Supervisor Metz would show some backbone and stand up to SDG&E / Sempra.
Unfortunately this was not the case and Supervisor Metz caved to political and corporate pressure and agreed to let SDG&E route the Sunrise Powerlink through the Cleveland National Forest.
This is a sad day for San Diego and anyone who likes to get out and enjoy nature with out the tell-tale signs of man.
The character of the Cleveland National Forest will be forever changed due to corporate greed, deceitful tactics and the unwillingness of the US Forest Service to put their foot down and say "No"... [More]
12. April 2010 17:27
April 04, 2010
The girls over at DzrtGrls.com forwarded me some great pictures from the recent 7.2 earthquake. The quake itself occured just over the border in Mexicali on April 4, 2010 and apparently shook things up pretty well in Anza Borrego. These pictures are from the Fishcreek / Sandstone Canyon area and are from a post on the Ford Truck Enthusiast forum.
We missed this by one day on our recent trip to the Arroyo Tapiado Mud Caves.
What you should take away from these pictures is that camping in a narrow canyon is a very bad idea.
There are more pictures and a trail report over at the Ford Truck Enthusiasts Forums
4. April 2010 15:03
Tucked away in the Anza Borrego Desert State Park is a place that seems to have more similarities with moon, or at least what I would imagine the moon to look like.
Arroyo Tapiado or "Mud Wall Wash" is an area of southern Anza Borrego that has some of the most extensive mud caves in the world. A few of the dark, twisting passages can be hundreds of feet long ending in rooms with two story ceilings, while other areas require you to suck in your gut and crawl on all fours.
Archaeological excavations have uncovered fossils of mammoths, sabre-tooth tigers and other animals dating back millions of years which adds to the otherworld... [More]
19. March 2010 00:17
What I love about living in San Diego is that within two hours you can leave the coast, drive over the mountains and then drop down into the desert. Incredible diversity in my opinion.
With that in mind, I decided to take the day off work and check on the wildflowers out in the Anza Borrego desert. My preferred area of Borrego is the southern section where you can get away from the crowds, hike up a trail and be completely immersed in the solitude of the Desert.
Driving up the S2 I knew I was in for a great show. The road was lined with Desert Dandelions, Lupine amd Brittle Bush. The only downside was watching a Bord... [More]
7. March 2010 05:12
I took another scouting trip to the south end of the Anza Borrego Desert to see how the wildflowers and cactus blooms were progressing. It looks like we have another couple weeks for a peak bloom in the southern areas. There are many cacti with buds that are ready to explode.
This beautiful Barrel Cactus near Indian Hill was getting a jump start on its neighbors.
We also noticed a few small Fishook Cacti with tiny rings of flowers.
Penstemon pseudospectabilis(?) nestled between the rocks.
Unfortunately on our search for wildflowers near Arroyo Seco del Diablo and Arroyo Tapiado we noticed a large amount of Sahara Mustard in areas t... [More]