Springtime Safari cheer

A fortnight before the vernal equinox we made way to return to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, with hopes of seeing the beginnings of the spring wildflower season that in some years has been spectacular.  We arrived at Borrego Palm Canyon Campground just as the sun began dipping behind the nearby San Ysidro Mountains and shortly before a full moon began to rise in the early evening sky.

A nearby Creosote Bush was just beginning to show some tiny yellow flowers as we nestled our Airstream Safari near cholla cacti and set up camp.

We now have a new addition for our galley, a 10″ round bamboo cutting board that fits nicely on the round aluminum platter that rests in a woven tray that sits on the white plastic cutting board/cover over our Lobster Sink.  The bamboo cutting board was bought at an Asian market in San Diego.

Our 23′ Safari has plenty of countertop space for us, especially when our 12″x18″ maple cutting board/counter extension (that we added) is raised and the Lobster Sink and stove are covered.

As I walked out into the nearby desert, I noticed a dry landscape and a meager wildflower display due to lower than usual rainfall in the San Diego area since January. And when it does rain in San Diego, much of it is blocked from reaching our desert by our local mountains.

I did see sparse crimson flower buds on the tips of the shriveled, brown ocotillo stems seen above and yellow flowers of the barrel cactus seen below.

Writer/photographer/Airstreamer Bert Gildart brought festive cheer with him when he arrived at our campsite on his bike.

Bert and his wife, Janie, have been enjoying their winter stay in the Anza-Borrego Desert since December, and we have enjoyed linking up with them on our monthly trips here this winter.  We have fond memories of sharing happy activities such as hiking, feasting, and pursuing bighorn sheep, along with photography, chatting, and sharing stories, books, information, and good times, including the pursuit of dragons!

We had one more wonderful visit and brought lunch for Bert and Janie just after they pulled up stakes from Pegleg and moved their Airstream to The Springs at Borrego RV Resort, before they departed for the 4CU St. Patrick’s Day Rally.

So we also raise our glasses high in a cheerful toast to Bert and Janie… and to hiking, bicycling, and spring!