March 15, 2010

The Wind Caves of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

We've been out of contact in recent days, as we've  been dispersed camping in the desert. But, it is time to get back to work...

Beavertail cactus in bloom

Yesterday, the place was a zoo with L.A. and San Diego folks coming over for the warmer weather and expected wildflowers. The crazy El Nino weather has caused the wildflowers to be depressed and delayed this year, so many were disappointed.

While most of the annuals are not flowering, many of the shrubs have started to, including this beautiful ocotillo

We took the opportunity to visit the Wind Caves area of Anza Borrego on the eastern edge of the park. Hilina hiked the 1 mile (all up hill) trail by herself. She was getting tired and cranky near the top until she spotted the caves. Then, she perked right up and took off saying "I am a pack rat...Let's go to the pack rat caves".

There were some nice flowers of up, amazing views of the badlands, and we could see all the way to Carrizo Mountain miles to the south.

Across the badlands to the Laguna Mountains in the distance

Hilina's packrat caves

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