Springtime in the Bloomin’ Desert

Our cabin in the Anza-Borrego Desert

Our cabin in the Anza-Borrego Desert

It was the first weekend of Spring, usually a good time to ride and camp in the desert while beating the heat. My sons and I had booked a primitive cabin in the Anza-Borrego Desert sometime in February hoping for cool days. Except for the nights it would not be cool, though 92F in the shade is certainly not as hot as it gets out there.
Although we missed the cool temps, we were delighted to have arrived at the height of a bloom-boom; it had rained a bit the week prior and the cacti were celebrating in a most colorful way.

Barrel Cactus in Bloom

Barrel Cactus

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Beavertail

Beavertail

Fishhook Cactus

Fishhook Cactus

Godscaping

A Wonderland of Natural Landscaping

Ocotillo CU

Ocotillo, which sprouts tiny green leaves after a rain

Bloomtime Boomtime

Green Flowers!

Agave

Agave

Creosote

Creosote

Cholla

Cholla

100_3020 Kenyon Trail Vista

On the way from Los Angeles to the desert I was surprised to see so much green near Lake Henshaw. We’re having an extremely dry year and it’s a testament to the tenacity of Life to see how the plants take advantage of the smallest of rains.
Lake Henshaw Lake Henshaw Turnout
While stopped at Lake Henshaw I noticed that someone had placed a very small bow on a barbed wire post.

Love Bow

My favorite part of this two-nighter was camping and hiking with three of my four kids – this time it was just the boys and I. We had a great time together. On our final hike, in the low sun I spied an opportunity for a group shot.

Me and the Boys

Me and the Boys

Until next time, Happy Riding and I hope to see you on the road.

Life on the Road

Life on the Road

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