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60–Out of the Tropics, Into the Desert

Watch Out!

You are now entering the desert.
The Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.

How to get there:
Follow the long and winding road.

Try not to blow away in windy San Gorgonio Pass.

Float by the inland Salton Sea below sea level, saltier than the ocean.


and wind some more…

and–you have arrived in ocotillo paradise and brittlebush heaven!

Reasons to visit:

Frolicking with family and friends is fun!

The log-balancing act

The bend-the-palm feat

The rock-top-pose stunt

The we-made-it-to-Maidenhair Falls smile

And there’s more!
Wildflowers that startle and delight

Vistas that dazzle and inspire

Intriguing locals

shy and

prickly and

curious and


Cavorting Cactus
making flowers while the spring sun shines

Teddy bear Cholla cuddly and soft–NOT!

Barrel Cactus barelling toward the sky

Ocotillo masquerading as cactus

Beavertail Cactus showing off with heartstopping brilliance

Memories carved in stone

There’s nothing like the present for making marvelous memories to look back on in the future. The path not taken calls. I will return.

I hope you’ll join me!