Monday, January 16, 2012

Another Day in Anza Borrego

Another great day spent Jeeping in Anza Borrego Desert State Park. We met up with our friend, Frank, and few others for a full day of fun.

Somewhere in this valley, the Anza Expeditions of 1774 and 1775 made their camps. The view from the monument is beautiful.

After lunch we hiked the Slot. One of our friends had never been, so it was fun to share in her excitement as we hiked. For me, the Slot is always a scary place to be. What if there is an earthquake!?

Towards dusk, the mountains seemed to glow, however it lasted all of a couple of minutes. If you blinked, you would have missed the beautiful light on the mountains.

As usual when the boys air up the tires at the end of our trip, I take advantage of the fading light to get some beautiful sunset photos. There had been rain clouds overhead all day. They made for some great pictures.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

End of the Year Run to Anza Borrego

What better way to end the year than to be together, of course, but also to be doing something we love: Jeeping in Anza Borrego Desert State Park! On December 31st, we met up with a few of our friends from the San Diego DSLR Photography Club for a day of trail riding in the desert. As always, we had a fantastic time.

Here is a video that Robert made.

Our first stop was 17 Palms Oasis along Arroyo Salado.

Robert and Frank wander the Mud Flats. The landscape along Arroyo Salado is quite fascinating. It looks like the face of the moon.

A stop along Tule Wash for lunch and good conversation. We didn't see anyone else the entire time we were there.

That's because they were all at the Pumpkin Patch, which is not within the park boundaries, but BLM land. It is a gathering place for those off-roaders who prefer a different kind of trail riding.

Hope everyone had a wonderful and safe New Year.