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Saturday, February 2, 2019

Anza Borrego Desert - Fish Creek and Sandstone Canyon - Part 2

Here are more pictures from a trip last Sunday to Fish Creek and Sandstone Canyon in Anza Borrego Desert State Park.  If you look closely at the bottom right portion of this first image you can see Heather, that will give an idea of the scale of the canyon.

More of these things.

We took a little side trip walk up a very narrow little slot canyon that goes off from Sandstone.  The last time we walked this canyon it was choked with rocks and debris on the canyon floor making it tough to get through in places.  Right now it's a pretty easy walk. Here's a view with Heather in it for scale.

It seemed like a nice spot for a selfie.

Back in the main part of Sandstone Canyon we found a few big ravens.  Most of the time we were there we saw or heard no one else, so it was absolutely dead quiet deep in the canyon.  The raven's calls echoed loudly, but when they flew it was so quiet you could hear the air being pushed by the slow, rhythmic flapping of their wings.  

We walked about 3.5 miles out and back from where we parked.  We saw very few other people, and when we did, it was only for a short time as they drove past.  Otherwise, we had the whole place to ourselves it seemed.

This next image is looking "downstream", i.e. back the way we came, about 3 miles from the start of Sandstone Canyon.  When we first came here in 2006 we drove our first Xterra to a spot a little way past where I was standing when I took this picture.  With the changes in the canyon floor, and because the new Xterra has stock suspension and we were alone, we opted not to risk climbing over the various rock piles to drive here this time.

For comparison, Heather took this next picture in January of 2006 while standing about where I'm taking the one above from, of me coming out of that turn in our old 2005 Xterra.  The truck was so new it didn't even have license plates yet.

Eventually it was time to get back to the Xterra and head for home.

We spotted a small patch of cool looking sand dunes in the late afternoon sun on the way out.

One last stop for a photo, about 10 miles to go to the pavement.

Click here to see more images from our day trip to Fish Creek and Sandstone Canyon in Anza Borrego Desert State Park on Sunday, January 27, 2019.  Click the Anza Borrego tag below for additional blog posts from trips to Anza Borrego.
All images with either a Fuji X-T2 and XF18-135mm lens or a Fuji X-T20 and XF10-24mm lens, except for the ones from 2006, which are scanned prints from a film camera.

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