Yes, it is odd to have rusted dinosaurs randomly placed around a town, but that's what we've got at Borrego Springs! Dinosaurs, saber tooth tigers, wooly mammoths, velociraptors on top of the horses, turtles, camels and bighorn sheep. All created by the late Ricardo Broceda. Makes for fun photos.
During our second week in Borrego Springs and the second week of Project Escape, we have visited all 28 sky art pieces in the area. We even did a moonlight photo shoot in front of the serpent thinking the moon and stars would make a great background. However, the moon was so bright, the photos looked like it was either sunrise or the middle of the day!
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We are still looking for the best location for February 5th when the Milky Way is going to be gorgeous. It has been thrilling to see so many stars each night, I can't wait to see the Milky Way.
Last weekend we went on a supply run to San Diego. We were dying for fresh vegetables. The ones in the two tiny markets they have in town are very, very sad.
On the way, I saw TWO bobcats! I am now calling myself the bobcat whisper. I have seen three in as many months. Mr. Misadventures and I saw one cross the street in front of us while driving in my parent's neighborhood. It casually planted itself at a bush and sat and watched us.
But on our route to San Diego, I saw two. One we were able to turn around and watch for 5-10 minutes as it hunted something in the ground on a cow pasture. The other, I saw, but when we turned around, it was gone. Mr. Misadventures went out to the spot a few days later to try to see if he could capture one on film, but he didn't have any luck – guess I needed to be there for my mad spotting skills…
In San Diego we hit Trader Joe's, Vons and Ikea. Jessica appreciated our Ikea purchases. Her and I have been fighting for the lush area rug ever since.
The few things we bought definitely make our space more homey. I also shared our workspace on Instagram. Until I can get Mr. Misadventures to take photographs of the inside, the iPhone photos are the best I've got!
We have visited the majority of the accessible parts of the Anza-Borrego State Desert Park. Most of it can only be reached on off-road routes, or washes, and you need a good 4×4 to use them. We bought a very detailed map, but even so, there was one wash that we only made it half-way through and turned around. It was just a little to advanced for us. When I am looking straight up at a pile of boulders we are supposed to ascend, I call uncle.
The other mishap was getting lost. Not our fault, we followed the map perfectly, but something must have happened – weather, winds, because the wash just ended into a dry river bed and we had to find an alternate route out. That led to sand dunes, which led to about 15 choices of tracks to follow to “get out.” We just kept a certain spot in our sites and kept the Jeep in that direction.
We had been scouting for a sunset shot so thank goodness we did this mid-morning and not actually at sunset, getting lost in the dark in the desert would not be fun!
We did a nice little hike on Palm Canyon Trail, the spot where we've been told we can see bighorn sheep. We didn't spot any, but it is a lovely trail with a spring at the end and we had fun stopping and talking to other hikers along the way. This trail is really great for families. One thing to note, if you or any family member are allergic to bees, it is probably best to avoid this one. There are several bushes that were full of bees, they weren't interested in us at all, but sometimes you don't want to take the chance!
It has been amazing to see what a difference a week makes in terms of vegetation. The ocotillo plants were dry as a bone, grey, stark with nasty needles, this week they look like this!
I am not sure if it is global warning, etc. but the spring bloom normally coming in March, might be early this year, which excites the hubby as it makes for great macro photography.
We've got one more week here in Borrego Springs before heading to Santa Fe.
What have you been up to?