Flowers, Hikes, Flowers, Bikes, Flowers, and…A Rainy Winter

Desert Lily in January near Arroyo Salado

Painted Lady Butterfly busy with pollination. Thanks to a monsoonal event on a single day in October, the desert began the flower show with impressive blooms. This photo was taken in January.
And then it rained in February–a lot! The down-side–we all got cabin fever, as well as assorted miserable colds. But the up-side was beautiful rainbows and the promise of more and more flowers.


Green desert hills–mid-February view from our trailer

Borrego Blast

What could be more fun than getting together with friends to ride bikes? Sun in January, tandems, and lots of good food–that’s what! We really lucked out and had fantastic weather, minimal traffic, and no mishaps.

Borrego Blasters wearing their Borrego jerseys

Morteros, Mud Flats, and Pictographs

Grinding holes left by Kumeyaay people. In this area it’s easy to imagine family groups all living together. Morteros like these are seen all over the Borrego Valley. This one on the Pictograph Trail in Little Blair Valley
Russ demonstrates the depth of this mortero I can’t help but think of the amount of time and work that went into grinding that hole.

Visits from friends

It’s always fun when friends come to visit. Julia came for three days, a whirlwind visit, to see as much as she could see. We borrowed Tom and Stephanie’s fat tire bikes–“fatties” and rode around in the desert with Martina to look at sculptures.

“Botany Woman”, Kate Harper, botanizing in Coachwhip Canyon and leading an Anza Borrego Foundation botany walk.

Julia and I hiked up to the Marshall and Tonya South Homesite. I hadn’t been up Ghost Mountain for several years and it was new for Julia so we went with Dan Leidecker, volunteer hike leader extraordinaire on a very cold day. No picture–too cold to take out a camera.

Friends on a bike ride. A cold, but dry, day at the corner of Indian Head.
Susan, Don, and Owen posing with cactus. I think Martha is the photographer.

Name that famous group of musicians.

6 thoughts on “Flowers, Hikes, Flowers, Bikes, Flowers, and…A Rainy Winter

  1. Rick Ebert

    Very nice pics!

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  2. Julia Sommer

    Fun!! lovely photos. Still no gas. getting a bit grumpy with cold food and no way to make coffee HOT. also no shower.

    J.

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