Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Anza - Borrego Desert in Bloom - California
My first trip to a desert - It was not in bloom when I went there in the 70's but Mike's Mom had told me how beautiful it was. We had a picnic in the desert.
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is named after 1700s Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza and from the Spanish word Borrego meaning Bighorn sheep. With 600,000 acres (2,400 km2) that include one fifth of San Diego County within its borders, Anza-Borrego is the largest in State Park in California; and after New York's Adirondack Park it's the second largest one in all the continental United States.
Anza-Borrego is around a two-hour drive: northeast from San Diego, southeast from Riverside or Irvine, and south from Palm Springs. The Park is an anchor in the Mojave and Colorado Deserts Biosphere Reserve, and adjacent to the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument.