At over 600,000 acres, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is the largest state park in California. Given the size and our time limit of only a week here, we barely scratched the surface of this wonderful area. We’ve read so many accounts of people who return here year after year, and we now see why.
The afternoon after we arrived, Rich, Eleanor and Emma joined us out here in the desert. They also returned Kathryn to us. I guess the adoption isn’t going to work out after all…
There’s now three Airstreams out here, but we’re spread out enough that we all have a peaceful site.
While we’re in the desert, there is more here than peaceful solitude. Prior to leaving Tucson, we set my bike up for offroad use. So I was able to take a ride across the desert. There are “roads” all across this area. Part of it is gravel and rocks, but for the most part it is just loose sand which is rather interesting to bike through. The path leads out across a dry lake bed and up to the mountains.
The next day Rich took Brian, Leigh, Mary and myself down this same trail in his Mercedes. We not only made it further than I had, but this was much easier than my bike ride.
This is a great time to be out here as we can enjoy the desert blooms.
Rich and Eleanor took us over to the wind caves. The girls really enjoyed exploring the formations that the wind as created in the sandstone.
This is a great spot from which to view the badlands.
This is really a cool area.
After this, we headed over to walk through the slot canyon.
And yet again the girls found spots to climb.
The canyon starts out decently wide but as you walk through, it soon becomes a slot the rains have melted in the desert floor.
They lucked out that not only did they see the palms,
While we won’t be able to return here every year as so many do, we will definitely be back.