Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Off The Beaten Path

  • Too wet to get out of the car!
    Too wet to get out of the car!
    by ranger49
  • Incongruous or what?
    Incongruous or what?
    by ranger49
  • Fonts Point
    Fonts Point
    by Yubert

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    Pies like Momma used to bake!

    by ranger49 Updated Sep 8, 2007

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    Too wet to get out of the car!

    If you are making your way from a town on the coast to the Anza. Borrego Desert it is highly likely you will pass through the little town of Julian. Do stop and have a look around.
    This old gold mining town in the middle of fruit tree growing country has diversified! There are museums and antique shops; B&B's, tea shops AND the Julian Pie Shop.
    We left Carlsbad near the coast on a lovely sunny morning - about 19 degrees. Arrived in Julian an hour or so later - barely 5 degrees and freezing rain falling.

    Julian is in fact unique in California for its cold winter climate and is 4235ft. above sea level. We waited ten minutes in the car for the rain to ease off a bit before making a dash for the warmth of the Julian's Pies Cafe.
    Once inside we were warmed up by the welcome, a steaming cup of coffee and a generous slice of fruit pie with cream. What bliss to get warm and taste pies just like Momma used to bake. Don't miss it!

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  • Alternative to Palm Canyon

    by DesertDarlene Written Jan 15, 2007
    Beginning of Palm Grove
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    This is an alternative to hiking busy Palm Canyon Trail. This trail, called Hellhole Canyon is a little more difficult, but more seculded. Nonetheless, there are a couple of large palm groves at the end of the trail.

    The trail climbs in elevation about 900 feet and gets rough for the last 1/2 mile or so. I wouldn't recommend this part of the trail for beginning hikers as there is overgrown brush and rocks to climb up and over. Once you get to the first grove, there is an option to climb over some rocks and continue on to Maidenhair falls. However, during wet periods, it will be next to impossible.

    Along the way, you can see where water has washed down dead trees and worn down rocks. There are also signs warning of Mountain Lions, though I have never seen any sign of them. I have seen various bird and small animal life in the area. Watch out where you put your hands and feet. There are many small holes where snakes can hide.

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    • Desert
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    Tarantula

    by zrim Written Mar 6, 2004

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    desert tarantula

    Retiring creatures. Not harmful to people. But still, I didn't reach down and pet it.

    Mostly tarantulas hide in their burrows during the day. They are nocturnal hunters and will eat insects and lizards. They are venomous, but will only cause an irritation if they bite a human. Usually, they wont try to bite people though--only if seriously provoked.

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    • Hiking and Walking

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    Desert Banking

    by ranger49 Updated Jun 1, 2007

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    Incongruous or what?

    I couldn't resist this - spotted at a cross roads in the desert so no fear of running out of cash on this trip!

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    Try the fresh oranges

    by Yubert Written Feb 26, 2005

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    Fresh squeezed is best

    On the way to Anza-Borrego, we passed by several orange groves. So we stopped to look at the oranges. We did not take any.

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