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Anza Borrego Desert State Park: sunshine, stunning vistas and ghost resorts on eerie Salton Sea

The California Palm oasis, awaiting hikers on the Palm Canyon hike above the Anza Borrego Desert.

Winter sun, stunning vistas make Anza Borrego Desert State Park and the ghost resorts on eerie Salton Sea a place to reflect upon. Last week’s column featured California’s two desert national parks, Death Valley and Joshua Tree. Both feature a mild winter climate and evocative topography; this week we’ll cover nearby Anza Borrego Desert State [...]

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Death Valley, Joshua Tree National Parks offer balmy temps just hours from Central Valley!

Desert wildflowers burst forth in Death Valley National Park in February.

Three evocative desert parks, just 2/3 day drive from San Joaquin county… Wanting to beat these cold, frosty holiday mornings? Get your dose of balmy days with three world-class desert parks, offering daytime temperatures in the 70s and 80s, wonderful hiking and exploration opportunities, all flush with history and unique ecology. Best of all, they [...]

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Joshua Tree National Park, Salton Sea; other-worldly tour destinations for spring-time

Joshua Trees, with San Gregorio Peak in distance, the highest point in the southern Sierra range.

Seeking a winter/early spring get-away in other-worldly scenery? A camping Mecca, surrounded by strange plants, alien landscape, hiking, biking and climbing opportunities and warm winter climate? Take in the intriguing stretch of California desert from Joshua Tree National Park to the Salton Sea. They’re all on your way to either Phoenix (for spring training games [...]

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Man-made disaster; the eerie and deserted Salton Sea

Flooded, then abandoned home in Bombay Beach.

Last week, my article featured our travels to Death Valley; from there, we were off to Yuma, AZ.  In route, we made a quick visit to the Salton Sea, a most spooky and strange story. We found Bombay Beach on the eastside of the Salton Sea. Bombay Beach, a former resort community was almost completely destroyed by huge [...]

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, CA, parched, hot, alien and stunning!

Peninsular Bighorn Sheep, the park's name-sake, are an endangered species, with only about 200 left inside the park.

California Fan Palms grace the oasis at top of Palm Canyon, fed by a creek that disappears into the desert sands just a 1/2 mile below the oasis. Rangy Ocotillo plants can grow to 15 feet; the slightest moisture will set bright red flowers to bloom. Mojave Yucca sends up tall stalks prior to stunning [...]

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The strange and alien plants of our California deserts!

The Mojave Yucca, which sends a stalk to 12 feet with full bloom.

Pink flowers along the hike up Borrego Palm Canyon The odd Ocotillo plant, which, with just a bit of rain, blooms and sends these blossoms off to provide seeds for future germination. The Mojave Yucca, which sends a stalk to 12 feet with full bloom. Creosote Bush in partial bloom. Chollo cactus in the desert [...]

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The Salton Sea and Imperial Dam on the Colorado River; working together to prevent future floods!

Skeleton of luxury trailer home, mired in mud, at Bombay Beach Resort.

An abandoned home in Bombay Beach, caused when flood waters reached almost to the home’s ceilings. Skeleton of luxury trailer home, mired in mud, at Bombay Beach Resort. The floods of 1976 and 1977, trailer homes under water along former shores of Salton Sea. The Great Flood of 1906, railroad tracks completely washed out between [...]

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Traveling the US southern tier, California to Florida with frugal budget and teardrop trailer! (Part 1 of 4 installments)

This new addition to the Palm Springs Art Museum is another reason to visit Palm Springs!

  An abandoned trailer home in Salton Sea Beach, ruined when the lake overflowed and flooded all the resort towns in 1976/77. These huge settling ponds remove sediment from Colorado River at Imperial Dam, before the cleaner water is sent to the Imperial Valley. Army tank used in Gulf War graces the Yuma Proving Grounds. [...]

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Joshua Tree National Park; Strange, alien landscape yields desert treasures!

This fine Joshua Tree speciman is typical of many that dot the park's north and western portions

Author’s spouse Susan stands next to spindly but beautiful Ocotillo The Jumbo Rocks area is great for exploring/climbing and contains a nice campground Chollo cactus stand as eerie sentinels inside the park Skeleton of old travel trailer is part of the “ghost resort” at Bombay Beach on the Salton Sea, an hour’s drive south of [...]

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Imperial Dam on Colorado River feeds ag in Imperial Valley and SoCal cities

The Imperial Dam on the Colorado River lifts water 25 feet, so that gravity can feed it to California's Imperial Valley and southern California cities.  In many years, almost no water reaches Mexico.

These four massive de-silting ponds help remove most of the silt/dirt carried by the mighty Colorado, before the cleaner water is shipped to California’s Imperial Valley and SoCal cities. The All-American Canal carries Colorado River water west to the Imperial Valley and Southern California. We recently made a two-week tour of desert California and Arizona.  [...]

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