Pictures from Anza-Borrego.

 | December 1, 2007 6:16 pm

Rooster StatueI’m sitting here in Flagstaff with my brother, his roommates and friends. Been an excellent couple days here taking a break from the traveling. It’s sort of nice not to have to decide where I’m going and what I’m doing for the day. I just ask Elliot what he’s doing. He says, “Um… laundry,” and I say “Ok! Let’s go!”

Today he spent the day with two Rooster and Wheelof his friends messing around on their guitars and I spent the day recording them. Then we proceeded to have vast amounts of fun with playing it backwards and changing the pitch to chipmunk style. Extremely amusing and we weren’t even high. An excellent Saturday afternoon. Tonight we play ma jiang.

But I digress. I wanted to update you all on the first part of my trip now that I’ve had a chance to go through all my pictures. We start with Anza-Borrego State Park in California.

The pictures above and to the right are from Borrego Springs, the town surrounded by Anza-Borrego State Park. The park is the largest state park in CA and I believe it’s the largest state park in the lower 48 states

I had a good chance to spend some time photographing these statues while walking my bike back to my car at the Visitor’s Center after getting a flat. Not quite my idea when I headed out. I’ll just have to go back and do the bike trip around later. I did drive part of the route later and it does look like a nice two hour or so bike ride. Perhaps when I come back it won’t be 95 degrees in the (very little) shade. (In NOVEMBER!)

Font’s Point

On a ranger’s suggestion I drove out to Font’s Point. This involved about 4 miles each way of an unpaved, sandy road that had me a bit worried about getting stuck for the night. Then I realized it wouldn’t have mattered. I needed to find a camping spot for the night anyay and if I got stuck I had nowhere to be all of the next day to deal with it. But I made it just fine and was rewarded with an awesome view of the badlands at sunset.

I highly recommend a drive out to Font’s Point if you visit Anza-Borrego.

Tree at duskI also had fun playing with my camera. I think I took about 40 pictures of this Ocotillo plant near Font’s Point. But lucky for you I’ve only posted the best.

One of the nice things about Anza-Borrego is that it’s pretty much open camping. There are a few proper campgrounds, (but at $20 bucks a night I wasn’t going to them), a few primitive campgrounds with just toilets, ($7, more reasonable), and then acres and acres of free boondocking.

This, of course, was my choice for both the nights I was there. Here’s the view at sunrise from the place I stayed the second night:

Driving to this spot in the dark I had unfortunately overshot the place I’d wanted to stay at near some hiking suggested by the ranger. Considering the 90+ degrees of the day before and feeling like I wanted to be on the road again I decided to continue out of the park towards the Salton Sea with plans to come back later.

Tomorrow, I’ll take you out to my visit to the Salton Sea. But now, it’s time to learn how to play ma jiang.

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2 Responses to “Pictures from Anza-Borrego.”

Molly wrote a comment on December 2, 2007

What beautiful scenery! Sounds like fun!

I like hanging out with my brother doing normal stuff/nothing. Great brothers are great.

Carlo wrote a comment on December 6, 2007

I’m so jealous of your idea and the beautiful scenery so far.

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