Wildflowers, art, and dogs! Oh my!

Wildflowers are beginning to make their appearance in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and this year promises to be a great one because of the heavier then usual rainfall.  With a little luck, warmth and sun, the wildflower displays should be spectacular.  Although we did have one day of full sun last week in the desert, most days were partly sunny and cool breezes prevailed.

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Our annual return for this event was even more special for us this time because we brought along a new member of the family, Tasha (short for Rosewood Montage), a Pembroke Welsh Corgi.  We also brought along a new element for our setup, a dog pen (click on the above image for larger view).  Advantages of using a dog pen are noted below.

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Tasha’s happy now, but when we returned home from our previous outing our local Corgi breeder, Liisa, told us that Tasha had just lost her first litter (via emergency C-section) and was depressed.  Liisa had to be out of town for a few days and asked us if we could house her, and if it worked out, we would also have an option to buy her, which we did upon Liisa’s return.  Tasha now brightens our days as we cope with the pending loss of our 15 year old Pug, Pau Hoa, who was diagnosed with a malignant mast cell tumor (She can be seen in the upper right corner of the above photo).

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We all had a happy time walking in and around the wildflower displays in Palm Canyon Campground.

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On Friday we loaded the Corgis into their carriers strapped to the back folded down seat of our F-250 truck (see Traveling and Pet Safety), positioned the Pug on a floor cushion under Larry’s legs and took off to visit the Farmers’ Market at the Borrego Springs Christmas Circle and enjoyed delicious tacos from Jilberto’s Taco Shop.  We then drove north on Borrego Springs Road exploring various parcels of the Galleta Meadows Estate displaying free-standing welded iron sculptures created by Ricardo Breceda.

dsc_0056-father-francisco-garces.jpg One such sculpture is a depiction of Father Hermenegildo Tomás Garcés (April 13,1738 – July 19, 1781) accompanied by his dog holding a bone.

In 1768 Spanish Franciscan Garcés was assigned to Mission San Xavier del Bac near present day Tucson, Arizona.

He conducted extensive explorations of the Southwest and assisted Juan Bautista de Anza in establishing an overland connection with New Spain through the region of the lower Colorado River.

A sprinkling of wildflowers can be seen in the foreground, while snow is seen on the distant mountains in the background.

After visiting and photographing other sculptures (which will appear in my next article), we returned to camp.  Below is a photo of our dog pen.  We have discovered the benefits of dog pens in that they can provide a safe, secure, and shady place for our dogs and help us manage them during meal time.  In this photo Tasha is on a runner and has chosen to enter the pen to relax.  The pen is held in place with bungee cords attached to the table.

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Bob and his wife, Theresa, joined us for a Chinese fire pot dinner.  Bob is our veterinarian and has a 30′ Classic Airstream.  Charcoal burns in the chimney of the fire pot/hot pot heating the soup and cooking the ingredients that guests place into the soup with a small wire basket.  Noodles can be added to the soup as a last course.

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Tom Yum, a Thai kaffir lime chicken broth, was used as the soup and the following ingredients were provided: raw shrimp, sliced boneless skinless chicken thighs, cooked pork meat balls, bok choy, chopped cilantro, shredded Nori seaweed, and roasted peanuts.  Guests chose from a variety of condiment sauces.

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A happy time was had by all…

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But there’s no place like home.

Comments

  1. insightout says

    BD & LK,

    Sorry to read of the dG for Pau Hoa. Even with your new ‘best friend’, the loss will leave a terrible emotional vacuum.

    Time heals all wounds, but why does it have to take so long ?

    Chas

  2. Bill D. says

    Thanks Chas for your compassionate thoughts, which are very much appreciated at this time.

  3. Liisa says

    THANK YOU so much for the photos 🙂

    And of course all the other info.

    I just can’t think of two luckier Corgis then Mac & Tasha.

    You are so good at all the info you have on your blogs.

    Having a port pen sure makes it easy when taking the dogs out on a trip or even visiting other homes.

  4. Larry K. says

    The sadness is profound, but I will be OK with time. Such is the cycle of life. I am relieved that she does not have to suffer with her cancer anymore.

    As I carried her collar and leash, walking from the car to the front porch, the bell on her collar slipped down and rang. Simultaneously, the wind chime bell at the front porch rang gently several times. The fresh air was still without any noticeable breeze, and the fragrant blooming front garden glowed in the sunshine. I would like to think that it was Pau Hoa joyfully saying, “I love you, see you later… I’ve got my wings!”

    I miss my devoted companion,

    Larry