This weekend I had a chance to reconnect with Mother Nature at one of my favorite desert areas, Anza-Borrego. It’s about a 1.5-2 hour drive southeast of San Diego, and there’s a diverse range of activities you can do there. There’s a lot of big wheel trucks and bikers in certain areas, but there’s also a lot of amazing hiking routes there. It’s challenging in the sense that you have to create your trails most of the time, especially if you want to go uphill, so you really need to have a handle on navigating. But from the slot canyons to the loose sand to to the boulder-filled mountains, you can get a good workout and amazing views with some careful research and a sense of adventure.
The best part is that camping is free though very primitive (though there are camping areas where you have to pay, but at least they have port-a-potties or bathrooms). It’s usually best to car camp by setting up a tent on a truck bed since some areas have coyotes, but it’s so peaceful and gives you a good head start for the next morning’s hike. A notable spot is the Marshall South Home, where a family lived in Anza for years. Some of the house remains on Ghost Mountain, and it’s crazy to envision a family self-sustaining there for years since the nearest town was miles away. To go to the house, you have to go on a mile hike upwards, so for him to build a house and carry all the material back and forth is just amazing to think about – talk about frugality and living off the grid!
I took a purist approach to this round (okay, okay, so it was unwillingly as I had my gadgets taken away from me so I could focus on time), but here’s some of my favorite pics of Anza from adventures’ past:
I hope everyone has a terrific Easter if you celebrate, and an awesome weekend to everyone in general!