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Monday, November 24, 2014

Overnight in Anza Borrego

A couple of friends and I found an out of the way little canyon in Anza Borrego Desert State Park to do some night sky photography on Saturday evening.  The weather was beautiful, mild temperature with a few clouds, no moon, and lots of stars in the sky.  Thanks to the remote location in the Park, and the way the canyon was facing, we had pretty much no light pollution to deal with.

Here's the view looking north from our campsite a few minutes after sunset.


Lots of stars.  The one lantern we had going in camp was enough to light up the canyon walls for some added interest. 



The Xterra makes a great camping vehicle for one or two people, it's quite comfortable to stretch out in the back.  


Our little campsite was plenty big enough for 3 Xterras. It was actually pretty flat, but the fisheye lens adds a lot of distortion.


On Sunday morning the 3 of us went off in search of interesting desert landscape.  We found this great looking cliff, with big cracked chunks of sandstone looking like teeth about to fall out. 


The looked like they could come crashing down at any moment, and completely block the trail below.  Of course, we didn't notice that until after we got out of the trucks.  In retrospect, perhaps this was not the safest parking spot.  We didn't stay here long.


We went for a walk in the portion of a hiking trail known as The Slot.  It's hard to tell without someone in the picture for scale, but I had to turn sideways in order to get through this section.


This spot was a bit wider, which was a good thing since when you looked up all you really wanted to do was run.


There used to be 2 of these beehive-looking formations side-by-side in Borrego Mountain Wash.  You can see what remains of one of them on the ground to the left of the one still standing.


Later, in a different part of the Park, we found some great examples of wind erosion in exposed sandstone formations.



We all agreed that we could not begin to imagine how difficult it must have been for the early explorers to cross this part of the world, especially in the warmer months.  There is definitely something to be said for the modern conveniences of air conditioning, a good stereo, and suspension.


Looking north in the late afternoon, as we neared the end of the off-road portion of our day.


Click here to see a few more images from our weekend photography trip to Anza Borrego Desert State Park on November 22-23, 2014.
     

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