December 15, 2014

Thanksgiving across the deserts

Over Thanksgiving break, we traveled to Borrego Springs, CA. (Some relatives live there, and others also traveled to gather there.) On our travels we saw a lot of different land, much of which none of us had seen before. We dropped down into the lower land of Arizona (part of the Sonoran Desert), crossed the Colorado River, drove past rough rocky hills and sand dunes (so many people at the dunes for off-road recreation!), through the Imperial Valley (which with it's heavily-irrigated agriculture, smelled like moldy wet dirt), and finally arrived in the Anza-Borrego Desert. On our way back home, we went by the Salton Sea and made a quick stop at the General Patton Museum. The Anza-Borrego Desert, which is a low desert east of San Diego, holds various interesting things to visit such as Palm Canyon (a true natural desert oasis), The Slot (a deep and narrow wash), and we spent the better part of one day just driving on unpaved roads to see the impressive quantity of metal sculptures by Ricardo Breceda that are installed all over the desert. My favorites of course were the horses, the kids liked the dinosaurs, and there were also elephants, huge eagles, and more.

This was the longest trip (in duration and distance) we had been on since moving to Prescott, AZ. While the trip was good and I enjoyed the company of relatives, I have to say there really is no place like home. By the time we drove around Granite Mountain (which we can see from our neighborhood), it felt like we had been gone forever and I was so happy to be back home.

Arizona - I like these small mountain ranges in the lowlands

Imperial (AKA Algodones) Sand Dunes, California

assorted cactus - Anza-Borrego Desert, California

afternoon in Anza-Borrego Desert (haze is stirred-up dust in the valley)

Breceda metal horse sculptures

back home in time to see our willow turn glowing gold

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