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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (1974-), in the Colorado Desert of Southern California

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Another year, another Superbloom! Hooray for a wet winter :) Flowers came up about a week ago and will last a few more weeks in a "rolling bloom" if anyone is interested...

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

California Deserts In 'Super Bloom' Thanks To A Wet Winter

Anza-Borrego Desert Wildflowers Update

NYT video of flowers

Pretty flower pics to brighten your day courtesy of the Orange County Register

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Borrego Springs is tiny and was apparently completely overwhelmed the weekend before I was there, but seems to have recovered this past week: they didn't run out of gasoline or food, and police were doing a good job of traffic control.

A few quick observations:

Hacienda del Sol - old-fashioned motel (the only place I could get a room), so run-down it's almost an insult. There was one and only one outlet that accepted three-prong plugs in my little cabin. Bare light fixtures. Threadbare furniture. No wifi except in the lobby and pool area, which close at 8:00. Feh.

If you want wifi the thing to do is go across the street to the public library and hang out on one of the many benches. Wifi is on 24 hrs/day. And there are outlets outside. Woo!

Food?  Engh. Kendall's Cafe is open at 0600 and serves a good diner breakfast. For dinner, though, not so great, but maybe one of the better options in town. Red Ocotillo seems like maybe it's the closest thing to high-end (a very low bar to clear in this town). Carmelita's served the best food I had all week (until I got back to San Diego), but that's also not saying much.

There's a nice little independent grocery/deli in town. Central Market or something.

I could type lots more but just got home after not sleeping on the red-eye. If anyone wants specific advice or info, post here and I'll do what I can.

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16 hours ago, DonRocks said:

I'm thinking you need to hear the wind and smell the desert floor.

:) I couldn't agree more and would have visited already if it weren't for my two car-averse kids who would lose their ever-loving minds if I made them sit in a car for 9 hours (best case scenario) over the weekend.  So until they are more car-amenable (i.e., when they have the attention span to watch movies while we drive), road tripping is out for us and I'll have to "smell the wildflowers" via video.

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23 hours ago, DonRocks said:

[I was actually using the Universal You.] :)

22 hours ago, NolaCaine said:
19 hours ago, ktmoomau said:

The pictures are just beautiful.  Thanks for posting this thread, how neat.

Hahahaha well I'm just glad y'all are enjoying the pics I posted for y'all. And I do think y'all should go and see/feel it all for yourselves if y'all can 😋

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