March began with Pacific storms bringing high winds and much needed rain to San Diego (and rainbows to Tucson), but not enough to relieve the historic drought in California as our Airstream Safari settled in to bask in the Anza-Borrego sun. California’s water supply is dependent on the snowpack, which is only 24% of average. Late Sunday afternoon, we arrived at Agua Caliente County Park and saw a sign saying, “Due to loss of power, the pool is closed”. We learned that the campground was without electrical power all weekend due to high winds in the mountains that brought down utility poles and lines. New utility poles were helicoptered in and power was restored to the park Sunday afternoon.
Scant rainfall has diminished the display of green leaves and spring wildflowers normally seen here at this time of year. I photographed the meager display of Brittlebush flowers in back of our Safari, while our Corgi, Mac, kept an eye on me from inside the trailer.
Recent sprinkles here enabled ocotillo to produce crimson flowers even though their stems had minimal foliage. This is in sharp contrast with the blankets of spring wildflowers that we saw in Anza-Borrego 6 years ago.
In the lower part of the campground that receives more water runoff, I spotted a Beavertail cactus with showy flowers.
We enjoy incorporating themes into every camping trip as a fun way to celebrate a variety of seasonal events through feasting and setting up of festive displays. On Tuesday, Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday, we celebrated by cooking blueberry pancakes on our Volcano Collapsible Stove.*
Larry dusted the pancakes with powdered sugar. (The lush oleander seen in the background is slated for removal because it is considered non-native and poisonous, even though in California and Texas it is naturalized as a median strip planting. We will miss the privacy and shade that this plant provides.)
This scrumptious pancake dish was so good, I could eat it with a fork in each hand! Topped with maple syrup, butter, and bacon, these pancakes were the perfect way to celebrate Mardi Gras,* while taking in the beauty of the Anza-Borrego Desert and sky!*
*This is a link to a YouTube video.