Thursday, January 21, 2016

Anza-Borrego 2016 - Part 2

01/08/16 After the Storm


More birds at the feeder.


Clark Dry Lake wasn't 


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01/09/16 Coyote Canyon Drive



Checking the water depth at the Third Crossing.


 Good to go.

Heading up the rocky slope.







Palm oasis



Sheep Creek Canyon primitive campground




 Back down the rocks


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01/12/16 Seventeen Palms Oasis





Sign indicates that there may be a pool under the debris.

The desert is coming to life.



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01/14/16 Palm Canyon and the Alternate Trail


A young palm in the wash.

The effect of desert varnish clearly shows where the chunk of rock broke off.

We did not see any borrego (sheep) but their presence was evident.


Imagine sitting on this rock a thousand years ago grinding grain. 



 More young palms and the stream.

twotravelers on the trail.


Approaching the oasis



Under the trees.



The main trail is 1.5 miles to the oasis, making a three-mile round trip. We decided to take the "alternate trail" back which we had never been on before.


We did not realize that it was 1) rocky and less groomed, 2) had many ups and downs rather than a slow descent, and 3) is about 2.5 miles based on our four-mile round trip.

It looks like Tom is standing on a rock, but he is actually on the trail.

Here is looking down from the same spot. Yes, there is a winding dirt path between the rocks.

Sometimes I just take pictures of cool rocks.

Down the wash at the end of the trail.



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