In case you hadn’t already heard – Southern California had a wet winter. Nearly every weekend in January and a lot of February was pretty much me lying on the dining room floor complaining about not being able to ride and pushing my dogs out of my face. But – all was not lost. As the rainy weekends turned to sunny ones – those twisty back-country roads and local deserts exploded in wildflowers.
Sanna and I (along with some friends) headed out one busy busy weekend in the end of March intending to see the wildflowers in Borrego Springs before heading southwest of the town to camp in a little-used campground just at the eastern base of the Laguna Mountains.
It was hot. And crowded. Typically you can head down the grade into Borrego from the 79 without hitting too much traffic – but it was stop and go for the last 5 or so miles down the hill.
By the time we actually got to town – we were so burnt out from people and traffic that we decided to head straight to the campground and kick off our boots after lunch. As we cruised through town we saw fields and fields of delicate desert blooms – and you can bet that each field was packed full of people taking pictures of the rare sight.
The campground was a little rustic when compared the much more popular Aguas Calientes hot springs campground down the road – but it was absolutely perfect for us.
The next day we headed home the long way – and it’s a good thing we did because we found some wildflowers after all! The Ocotillos, cactuses, and desert lilies were all blooming in this higher-desert landscape.
While we may not have gotten to take full advantage of the rare low desert blooms – it was an amazing weekend with amazing friends on motorcycles. And really – isn’t that what it’s all about?