We took the first few days of 2018 to explore one of the few parts of California we have yet to see, Anza Borrego Desert State Park. The park is the largest state park in California. It is sprawling with washes, palm groves, slot canyons, cacti and sweeping vistas. We drove about 3 hours to the eastern side of San Diego County to Borrego Springs. We checked into our lodging and then spent two days driving around the park, hiking, eating at few local restaurants and just soaking in the desert vibe.
Our first hike was the Palm Canyon Trail. This is a 3-4 mile hike to a palm oasis. It is rocky and up and down. Chris did a lot of climbing around. I stuck to the trail.
We hiked two other trails, both that lead to slot canyons. We have seen slot canons before, in Utah, but these in Anza Borrego were unbelievable and so much fun to walk and climb through. The trailheads were out in the middle of nowhere and the trails were deserted. There was a feeling a being on another planet.
After our first slot canyon hike (we did a second in the afternoon) we drove about 20 miles to the small town of Julian. Julian is an old mining town and now surrounded by apple orchards and known for it’s apple pie. We ate lunch at Granny’s Kitchen, wandered through a few shops and then split a delicious piece of Mom’s apple crumb pie.
We stayed at the Borrego Springs Resort. The morning view was spectacular. Also spectacular was my breakfast of oatmeal on this pale pink table and the desert sunsets.