Archive for February, 2013

Feb. 16 – More Palms

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

Many, many more palms. It may be called Dos Palmas, but there are hundreds of palms, and fresh, cool, running water! What an oasis in the desert! Mavrik was so happy to jump in the water!

A cool reflection on a hot afternoon!

A cool reflection on a hot afternoon!

Feb. 14 – Four Palms

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Moving to the east a few miles we camped on a mesa overlooking Palm Canyon that drains the Santa Rosa mountains. We could see the tiny grove of palms down in the wash and we hiked to them this hot morning.

We found these round concretions around the tiny palm grove.

We found these round concretions around the tiny palm grove.

They look like bowling balls in the making!

They look like bowling balls in the making!

 

Feb. 12 – From Coyote Mountain

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

An afternoon hike up on Coyote Mountain gave us a great view of the orchards and fields extending northwest up Coyote Canyon.

Lots of citrus; oranges, lemons and grapefruit, and groves of palms.

Lots of citrus; oranges, lemons and grapefruit, and groves of palms.

Feb. 11 – The Slots

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013
A slot canyon on Truckhaven Trail.

A slot canyon on Truckhaven Trail.

Hope those boulders don't move!

Hope those boulders don’t move!

 

Feb. 9 – Storm & Aftermath

Saturday, February 9th, 2013

We spent Friday hunkered down in the camper while the wind howled past us outside. I spent the time (and warmed the camper) baking biscotti and beer bread.

The clouds obscured the surrounding mountains, but occasionally the sun would break through and present a rainbow!

The clouds obscured the surrounding mountains, but occasionally the sun would break through and present a rainbow!

This morning the sunrise revealed a dusting of snow on the mountains and a bright blue sky, but the wind is still whipping around a bit.

It should warm up to the low 60's today.

It should warm up to the low 60’s today.

Feb. 7 – Rock Snake

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

We took an evening walk to look for a mysterious rock sculpture and ended up stumbling across it on our way back to the camper before total darkness!

An odd placement of rocks from a distance.

An odd placement of rocks from a distance.

From a little height the rocks stretch out into the serpentine curves of a snake.

From a little height the rocks stretch out into the serpentine curves of a snake.

Artful details were added to complete the illusion.

Artful details were added to complete the illusion.

 

 

 

Feb. 6 – Montezuma Grade

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

We rode our motorcycles out of Borrego Springs up the Montezuma Grade between the San Ysidro mountains and Pinyon Ridge.

A fabulous view overlooking Borrego Valley.

A fabulous view overlooking Borrego Valley.

We reached Culp Valley and checked out the primitive campsites up there. It’s about 10 degrees or more cooler up here than down on the desert floor.

Cooler temperatures and more moisture create a seemingly lush and verdant valley.

 

Feb. 1 – Oasis Hike

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013
North Grove palms up close after a morning hike before it got too hot!

North Grove palms up close after a morning hike before it got too hot!

Mary's Grove is farther up the canyon.

Mary’s Grove is farther up the canyon.

The name Mountain Palm Springs is verified in this grove by the trickle of water running down the wash. The shade and moisture was welcome and cooling in the blazing morning sunshine!

Palm Bowl.

Palm Bowl.

This last grove I made it to was like a distant mirage up a brush filled wash.

This last grove I made it to was like a distant mirage up a brush filled wash.