After breakfast we packed a lunch and left on our days' travels. First up was a short drive up the mountain to Culp Valley, and a hike to Pena Spring. We ended up going way past the spring, down to the end of the valley where there was a wonderful view overlooking Borrego Springs. Then we hiked back up to the spring, which was actually running. The miniature stream was about 6 inches across, and ran for 25-30 yards before it seeped into the ground.
|Max at the beginning of the trail.|
|Don, Patty, Max, and Patrick coming down the trail.|
|At the pour-off/viewpoint.|
|Patty, Don, and Patrick looking out over Borrego Valley.|
|The lower part of the "stream" coming out of Pena Spring|
|It doesn't show up that well, but that's running water.|
|I have no idea what kind of berries these are. They look pretty good!|
|The spring is in the center of the photo, behind the large green bushes and in a stand of small trees.|
From Ranchita we took the S22 over to the S2 and drove back into the park. We then took a left on the 78 and went about 6 miles to the Mine Wash Road. There we went south about a mile and a half and parked next to a large pile of rocks (reminiscent of the rocks at Joshua Tree). In the late 1800s there was a Kumeyaay village, so we walked around to see what remnants we could see.
|Large mortero rock with a metate still on it.|
|An even larger mortero|
|The bloom at the end of an Ocotillo branch|
|Patrick and Max climbing on the rocks|
I think I've fallen in love with Anza-Borrego. All these years I've lived in California, all these years I've heard Patrick talk about it, and this was the first time. For some reason I thought it was all a giant OHV area. Since I really don't care for the OHV crowd, I'd never gone. But the park and the Ocotillo Wells OHV park are two separate areas - and you can't OHV in Anza-Borrego. So, we'll be back!