Thursday 1 March 2012

To Julian, CA and Borrego Springs, CA

Anzas Borrego Desert State Park, CA
Google Map of our trip
Desert landscape

The last adventure trip before we leave the area went to Julian, CA on the Hwy 78 and back via Hwy 79 to Borrego Springs, CA. 
A mountain valley
The whole escapade took a whole day and we got into lots of snow up in the mountain.  
Snow in Julian, CA
It was pretty cold there as well. Since the famous bakery for sticky buns was closed and we were hungry like wolves we had to have lunch right there in the parking lot. 


There were not much flowers to see in the desert ,but at the Tourist Visitor's Centre in Borrego Springs we found some. 

A coyote crossed the road
And we took a detour on the way back to get some shots a flowering Agave Plant that we didn't stop for on our way in the morning. All in all a very satisfying day!
Earl, Carol, Peter, Bob,
(Linda and I are taking photos)
Flowering Agave - Stop!!!
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Flowering Agave
Heue haben wir den letzten Ausflug unternommen. Es ging über die Hwy 78 nach Julian, CA und zurück auf der Hwy 79 via Borrego Springs. Wir verbrachten den ganzen Tag damit und erlebten Wüste und Schnee, Dürre und Maigrün. Leider hatte die Bäckerei die wir besuchen wollten noch geschlossen.  Da wir aber so hungrig waren haben wir gleich an Ort und Stelle die Stühle rausgekramt und unsere mitgebrachten Vorräte verzehrt. Von den Wüstenblumen war noch nicht viel zu sehen, ein paar fanden wir beim Besucherzentrum von Borrego Springs. Ausserdem haben wir noch einen Umweg gemacht um uns die Agavenblüte zu sichern an der wir am Morgen vorbeigefahren waren. Alles in Allem ein gelungener Tag.
Flowering Ocotillo Cactus
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Siste utflukt for denne sesongen gikk via Hwy 78 til Julian, CA og tilbake via Hwy 79 til Borrego Springs, CA. Dette tok oss hele dagen og vi opplevde ørkenen og snø i fjellet. I Julian var det veldig kaldt og bakeriet var dessverre stengt. Siden alle var veldig sulten nå vi bestemte oss å tar vår felles lunsj rett på parkeringsplassen. Blomstene i ørkenen var ikke kommet i gang enda men vi fant noen ved Turistsenteret i Borrego Springs. I tillegg kjørte vi tilbake noen kilometer for å tar bildet av en blomstrende agave som vi hadde kjørt forbi om morningen. Alt i alt var en deilig dag. 
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  1. We had thought we would take a ride through Borrego Springs but didn't make it. Maybe next year we'll do that. However, the snow in Julian is not what one expects to see in southern California. We did that a couple years ago too.

    1. It is a long ride until you reach the mountains, I agree. From there it is not so far to Julian.
      Since the town is on an elevation slightly higher than 4000 feet snow up there is not unusual during the winter season. Many visitors come up from San Diego right after a snowfall to enjoy the "strange" white stuff for a day or a weekend.
      But don't go via Ranchita, the road there drops from 4000 feet to nearly sea level withing a few miles. It was steep and scary for me. Rather go via Banner.
      At Borrego Springs the temperature was nice, though they get a lot of wind, similar to Yuma.


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