Archive for January, 2013

Jan. 31 – Desert View / Palm Oasis

Thursday, January 31st, 2013
The desert view at the turnoff to Mountain Palm Springs campsite in the southwest section of Anza Borrego Desert State Park.

The desert view at the turnoff to Mountain Palm Springs campsite in the southwest section of Anza Borrego Desert State Park.

The North Grove on the trail of palm groves. A true desert oasis!

The North Grove on the trail of palm groves. A true desert oasis!

 

Jan. 30- Morteros

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

From Blair Valley, following the dirt road south along the mountain edge, we rode our bikes to a trailhead leading towards a jumble of huge boulders. This was the site of a Kumeyaay Indian village for thousands of years, where women would grind seeds in depressions on the huge rocks. Eventually morteros or mortars were worn deep into the rocks. The abundant agave plants on the surrounding slopes would be harvested by the men and roasted in pits.

Morteros worn into the granite boulder!

Morteros worn into the granite boulder!

Agave and Yucca were important resources for the Kumeyaay.

Agave and Yucca were important resources for the Kumeyaay.

 

 

Jan. 29 – Foot and Walker Pass

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

We headed down to the southwest section of Anza-Borrego State Park, roughly following the Southern Overland Stage Route of the late 1840’s-1861. We camped at Blair Valley which is the site of the title pass where passengers had to get out of the stage and walk over the short but steep terrain, and sometimes even help push the stagecoach over the pass!

A map of the California portion of the Butterfield trail can be seen here via Google maps.

A map of the California portion of the Butterfield trail can be seen here via Google maps.

Looking north from the top of the pass into Little Blair Valley.

Looking north from the top of the pass into Little Blair Valley.

Looking south into the dry lake bed of Blair Valley, the path extending to the right is the Butterfield trail.

Looking south into the dry lake bed of Blair Valley, the path extending to the right is the Butterfield trail.

A description of Stagecoach Service in the 1860’s is detailed here, real life description as opposed to the cinematic version in the 1939 movie “Stagecoach”!

 

Jan. 28 – Pizza

Monday, January 28th, 2013
Chicken-Spinach-Artichoke-Yum!

Chicken-Spinach-Artichoke-Yum!

Happy Birthday Rod!

Jan. 26 – Dramatic Clouds

Saturday, January 26th, 2013
A wet spell brought dramatic clouds and sunny illumination to the mountains surrounding us, and some rain to lull us to sleep.

A wet spell brought dramatic clouds and sunny illumination to the mountains surrounding us, and some rain to lull us to sleep.

Jan. 23 – Desert Scene

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013
We warmed up in the sandy desert of the Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area.

We warmed up in the sandy desert of the Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area.

Jan. 21 – From the Lofty Heights

Monday, January 21st, 2013

We looked down on the desert far below!

The Pacific Crest Trail crosses right in front of us, with a convenient bench for weary hikers!

The Pacific Crest Trail crosses right in front of us, with a convenient bench for weary hikers!

Jan. 20 – Fun in the Snow

Sunday, January 20th, 2013

We went up into the mountains (to 6000 ft.) to meet some relatives and play in the little bit of snow left from the cold snap.

Running out of snow won't dampen their fun!

Running out of snow won’t dampen their fun!

Jan. 19 – What’s Under the Bed?

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

Sometimes innocuous objects take on a different character in the middle of the night!

Scary when a bright light is shined in their eyes!

Scary when a bright light is shined in their eyes!

Jan. 18- Borrego Springs

Friday, January 18th, 2013

We drove into the tiny burg of Borrego Springs to check out the amenities. It was a hair raising ride!

Out of the desert sand!

Out of the desert sand!

The original inspiration for 'Tremors'

The original inspiration for ‘Tremors’

The detail is incredible!

The detail is incredible!

And it slithers off through the sand to its lair in the mountains!

And it slithers off through the sand to its lair in the mountains!

The 4-Wheelers making a dash for it away from the monster!

The 4-Wheelers making a dash for it away from the monster!

Another section of whimsical sculpture.