Monday, March 06, 2017

Desert Wildflowers

With Jaya back home for spring break, we took a road trip out to the desert to see the wildflowers.  We started out on the 78 to Ramona and out to Santa Ysabel.  We stopped at Trumper's for some awesome local honey. We then headed north on the 79 to the S2.  The westbound traffic was backed up for miles; must have been some sort of off-road event due to all the RV's and trailers.  We took S22 down into Borrego Springs and parked near Christmas Circle.  We got lunch and Jilberto's and checked out the Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association.  Based on their advice, we headed north on Borrego Springs Road, making several stops for the Galleta Meadows sculptures and the flowers.  Then we went east on Henderson Canyon Rd for more flowers and a stop at the Peg Leg Smith Monument.  From there, we headed south on S3 to hook with the 78 and into Julian.  We stopped at Grandma's Kitchen for awesome deep-dish pie and coffee.  It was amazing how much colder and wetter Julian and the foothills were than the desert.  It was perfect day especially with the entire family together.

Grape harvest

Lone saguaro

San Felipe Valley

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