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jefe 4x4

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The first thing about our trip and these pics is a disclaimer:
I'M NO WHAZOO. I KNOW MR. WHAZOO, AND I'M NO WHAZOO.
With that bit of business out of the way-
We left our home at 6am, in 4WD plowing through 8" of new snow. The camper had a white pate on top that took 4 hours to melt off, pelting the car behind us dumb enough to tailgate. Motating down the central valley of California, 600 miles later that day, we pulled into Culp Valley campground in the Anza Borrego Desert State Park. It's a primative spot with no services nor fees. The dirt road in was washed out. This was a reoccurring theme during our 8 day trip. It was cool at the 4000 foot elevation as a late winter front had just passed through.
The following day, we dropped down into Borrego Springs to pick up the ever missing few things that weren't on the list, and proceeded up Coyote Canyon, the start of the 'Anza trail'. Senor de Anza led a party of 300 Mexicans north thru this canyon in 1775, to found a new little town called San Francisco. Things look about the same 235 years later:

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Things were in bloom, as these Ocotillo are in full flower:
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I got out to check out this 'stick' laying in the roadway:
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Lots of water crossings, with water from recent storms in the hills;
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The peak was past, but there was still a good show of flowers:

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The next day we made our way down to Fish Creek and Split Mountain:
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The recent 7.3 mag. earthquake in No. Mexico (very close) caused a lot of rock fall:
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More flora:
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These thistles are not a color found in nature:
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Our camp site at Hapaha Flat, 3 hours up Fish Creek canyon in low range:
The weather had warmed sufficiently enough to permit out side showering for several of these camps. We saw almost no one along the trail. It was sublime.
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Coming out the next day we passed a lot of rock fall, some almost covering the road to our escape;
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Here, the fall almost covered the entire creek bottom, but we picked our way around to the left:
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Some species were very dainty compared to their surroundings:
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We got out and headed for Agua Caliente hot springs campground. The problem was it was full. So, outbound we went up a doubtful canyon called 'Badlands View'. It started out fine, but then got narrower;

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and narrower;

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and narrower:

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and finally too narrow:
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finally camping here:
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The badlands:
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We went on to a wedding near LA, camping in my bro's driveway for a couple nights, and a 50th wedding anniversary, camping out in our old Church's parking lot over night.
Money spent on camp space for 8 nights: Zero.
The experience: priceless.
regards, as always, jefe

* This post was edited 04/16/10 09:53am by jefe 4x4 *


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Proof, you don't need to be a WHAZOO to do a decent middle of nowhere trip report. But it still helps. These wild flower in the dessert trips are going to be over soon. Good thing you got going and did this.
Thanks for sharing.
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Very nice pictures, thanks for sharing.


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Wonderful pics. Thanks for not only taking the time to post the pics, but also getting out at some of the places to take them.


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Posted: 04/16/10 07:04am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

WOW!! Very nice!! [emoticon]


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Posted: 04/16/10 08:37am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for a grand tour jefe...[emoticon]


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Great trip report and pics. Reports from other sources say the Easter Earthquake actually blocked a few canyons in Anza Borrego. Glad you could pick your way through.

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jefe 4x4 wrote:

I KNOW MR. WAZOO, AND I'M NO WAZOO.

Not necessarily a bad thing, Jefe. Some things are better for being unique.
Great trip report.


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Posted: 04/16/10 09:36am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Looks like a fun trip. Thanks for the photos.

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Posted: 04/16/10 10:08am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for the photos of your adventure. It's a good thing that you were able to escape safely from the Fish Creek area. Stop in at the Visitor Center sometime and watch the videos of another quake in that area. Scary!


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