May 3, 1998 |
It's hard to imagine a more spectacular way of getting your first glimpse of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park than by swooping down out of the clouds in a power dive, leaving behind the piney plateau of the Cleveland National Forest as you descend 3,200 feet to the dry sandy plain of the desert. Best of all, you don't even need to charter a plane.
April 16, 1995 |
One of the biggest achievements in my life was getting my wife to admit that there is an alternative to camping in the Sierra. Not that sleeping under a canopy of royal sequoias isn't a near-religious experience. And I sure wouldn't want to ruffle John Muir's feathers. But after her first trip to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Leslie confided that her Northern California-bred instinct to turn up her nose at the sandy, arid environs of the state's southern half was shortsighted.
March 17, 1995 |
Just when you think that nature has grown irredeemably angry at storm-racked and disaster-beset California, here come Spanish Needles, Desert Lavender and Sweetbush to prove you wrong. For a few weeks each spring, this tiny community tucked in a remote and climatologically inhospitable corner of northeast San Diego County becomes a mecca for thousands of pilgrims seeking the fleeting beauty of wildflowers bursting forth on the desert floor.
March 5, 1995 |
The first view of the Anza-Borrego Desert is dramatic in a way that seems almost impossibly stark to the city-dweller's eye. Sixty-two miles from the freeway, after the twists and hills of California 79 and San Diego County highways 2 and 22, you climb to a mountain pass and then, as the road drops beneath you at an 8% grade, there is the desert, all exposed granite boulders and iron-reddened cliffs, deep-blue sky and surprising green scrub--huge and silent and empty. Well, nearly empty.
March 6, 1994 |
DEL MAR--Got the couch-potato blues? Up and at 'em to the 1994 California Bike, Sport and Adventure Fair, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday to next Sunday in the Exhibit Hall at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. More than 90 booths featuring sports and health products, plus demonstrations and competitions. $6, general; $3, kids 6-12; free for kids under 6. The Festival Fun Bicycle Ride and Tandem Rally is on Sunday. (619) 595-3895.