Unfortunately, due to poor road conditions two of the three were washouts (get it? Hahahaha)
One last excellent Mexican breakfast just south of Tecate, and, after an hour and a quarter of crawling in the line to the border station, we were passed through easily and were back home in the USA. A nice end to a wonderful visit. Adios y gracias, Baja California!
We'd heard that the wildflowers in California's Anzo-Borrego Desert State Park were awesome this year, and, since we were already nearby, decided to spend 3 or 4 days hiking around and playing tourist.
We got to visit a slot canyon, saw many beautiful cactus and wildflower blooms, and a most unexpected and pleasant surprise, hung out with some avid birders to watch some of the Swainson's Hawk migration. These hawks migrate from as far south as Argentina to as far north as Alaska and back again every year. It turns out that Borrego Springs is one of their favorite stops along the way – the valley has the largest spring concentration of migrating Swainson's hawks in North America.
One very important food for the hawks is the springtime abundance of sphinx moth caterpillars. Yum!
This was taken on a trail that wound up a canyon and ended at a Palm oasis. If you look closely you can see the water, we haven't seen much of that in the last few months
We ended up really enjoying ourselves. The “hawkaholics” were very welcoming and sooo enthusiastic! Here are some snippets of conversation that took place while we were there during our first evening viewing”:
A lenticular cloud, in all our years of sailing we've never seen one of these before
Another pleasant surprise in Borrego Springs was the art. We were treated to a great 2 day Art Show at the town center, and discovered that the town sports 130 full sized steel welded sculptures, created by Ricardo Breceda, dotted around. They are inspired by creatures that roamed this same desert, the piece de resitance being a 350 foot long serpent.