Morning in Borrego Springs finds us on a modest shopping excursion. While Letty browses the Frugal Coyote thrift shop, Tim and I wander around a small strip mall where we end up in the town's ice cream parlor and candy store.
A couple of cinnamon rolls to go, we wander over to the liquor store to grab a six-pack and some snacks for later tonight in the hotel.
At the end of the town's modest downtown is Christmas Circle. Basically a large roundabout with the town's main park in the middle.
Off to the side, the local Kiwanis Club is having a flea market. While Letty sees if she can find any bargains, I wander off to a large, blooming, palo verde tree nearby.
It's buzzy. That's because there are hundreds of bees tending to the thousands of flowers. I stick a video camera in to get a close up (see the video for more) then we hit the road.
While we were shopping, we stopped at the Anza-Borrego State Park Visitor's Center and gift shop at the local mall where the friendly staffer showed us where to go where the most flowers were blooming today.
A few miles out of town, we find the desert sands carpeted with desert sunflowers (that's what the lady called them).
A little closer to the mountains we find this cacti blooming with bright purple flowers...
...these with neon green flowers...
...and ocotillos with their bright orange flowers.
Another big attraction in Borrego Springs is finding sculptures out in the middle of the desert. Artist Ricardo Breceda got together with one of the area's big landowners, Dennis Avery, and make iron sculpture just waiting out in the desert for the explorer to find.
Dozens of Breceda's statues are sprinkled over miles of desert landscape and are a blast to go out and find. (maps are available in the gift shop and most hotels)
We find a few new ones that weren't here on our last visit, including this padre and his dog.
The morning finds us driving 30 miles up into the mountains to visit Julian, an old gold mining town more famous today for it's apple orchards and pie.
We have a breakfast of soup, quiche, and pie before exploring the town and shopping.
After walking to the cemetery and finding the old jail, we call it a day and pile into the van for the long drive home.
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