Wednesday, February 16, 2022

2021 - 2022 Trip To The Southwest, Day 118

 Wednesday, February 16, 2022, Anza-Borrego Desert SP, Borrego Springs, CA, Day 3

Palm Canyon

I forgot to post some images from Monday night. A pretty sunset with the almost full moon. While the full moon was last night, the clouds & rain (yes, rain), I didn't get much of an opportunity to photograph it.

Around 7:00 a light to medium rain started, and fell off & on all night. At least the wind died down. Clear skies this morning, and everything dried up by 9:00. 

After breakfast I decided to take the hike out to Palm Canyon. I did the 3 mile round trip hike a couple times before, the last one in February, 2017 before the fire that burned out the palms. The fire was in 2020, and many have grown back, but the area around the oasis is closed, as in the upper part of the water runoff from it. There are 4 water crossings on the trail, but even with last night's rain, there is only water in the one closest to the oasis. The stream that flows from the oasis created the wash that most of the trail follows. There are many signs (piles of palm tree trunks, rocks, etc) that show the strength of the runoff during a flood. The sign points out some of the damage from 2004, including taking out part of the campground. I'm glad I did the hike in the morning. While it is only 73°F out, the lack of shade for most of the hike makes it feel much hotter.   Pictures at today's LakeshoreImages page.

Around 3:00 I took a two token (4 minute) shower hoping that with the showers on the sunny side of the building, they would be warm - nope! Anyhow, I will be leaving with one token for the next time I'm here.

Dinner was a evol Portabella & Goat Cheese Ravioli meal. 

Until Tomorrow - 

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