Saturday, April 9, 2016

April 6, 2016 Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

We drove down the coast to Dana Point. But the tide was too high to hike out to the cave. So we headed east to California's biggest state park.
We arrived in the late afternoon with the chance of rain increasing throughout the next few days.
So we chose a hike just outside Borrego Springs... a canyon known as The Slot.

We started hiking on the rim up the canyon.

Eventually we dropped into the canyon and found this cute little cactus.

Then we headed down the canyon.

There were sections that were tight...

...and others that were more open.

Eventually we found the section that gave this hike it's name.

As the canyon narrowed, the walls got higher.
We really enjoyed this hike through this canyon.

After hiking through The Slot section, the canyon opened wide with several side canyons.

Even though the sun broke through the clouds several times, we had to hike back up the canyon before the sun set.

There were some flowers still blooming in the canyon.

Lizards were running everywhere but this one stopped long enough for me to take this picture.

An ocotillo blooming.

A yucca blooming.

We made a minor mistake when hiking back up the canyon. Since there were cars parked above the canyon, we figured we would know where to exit the canyon when we saw the cars. And that plan would have worked if the people that parked their cars on the edge were still in the canyon. We eventually realized we were in parts of the canyon we did not recognize and hiked to the rim. As we hiked back high above the canyon we had this view of the area.
There are interesting metal sculptures all over the desert around the town of Borrego Springs. 

This group was just south of town.

There isn't much color in the desert now. So this barrel cactus stood out.

This is the artist's estate that allows visitor's to drive through the desert to see his sculptures.

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