We're Alive & Well- And Off To Borrego Springs!
Trip Start Dec 15, 2012
18Trip End Jan 19, 2013
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Jil has had a hankering to visit the Salton Sea for quite a while. The sea was inadvertently created when floodwaters from the Colorado River overran the Alamo Canal in 1905. Water ran into the Salton Sink for nearly two years. The San Andreas Fault lies beneath the lake bed. The current lake surface elevation is 226 feet below sea level. Averaging 15 miles by 35 miles the Salton Sea is the largest lake in California. Its size is sustained by annual rainfall, snowmelt and irrigation water
From Salton City we turn west on SR22. The first few miles of road are extremely rough. Hope its not like this the entire 29 miles to Borrego Springs. The road gets better as we travel from Salton City maintained roadway to Imperial Valley maintained road. The portion of State maintained road is very good, thank goodness! We travel uphill through wind and water eroded badlands and reach a dry lake bed. Mountains are very near to the north; the view south is across wide open desert. We climb once again then head down toward a large valley punctuated with green vegetation at the northern end.
Borrego Springs lies at the upper end of the Borrego Sink. The town is small at 3500 souls. Businesses are all located on the main road and there are not very many of them. It lies in a valley between two tall mountains. Many farms are in the area which primarily grow date palms. The entire town is surrounded by the Anza Borrego State Park.
Dennis Avery is a hero to the people here in Borrego Springs
Avery bought 3000 acres near town to prevent its development and opened the area up to the public. He named it Galleta Meadows Estates. Everyone is welcome to enjoy this land with little
restriction. He had many metal sculptures built by artist Ricardo Breceda placed around the open spaces of the Estates for all to enjoy. The sculptures include life sized replicas of prehistoric elephants elephants, giant tortoise, camels, saber toothed cats, tapirs, raptors and dinosaurs that were at one time indigenous to the area as well as farm workers, mountain sheep, a prospector and his mule. Our favorite- the serpent.
The serpent is awesome. Its about 350' long, its head facing the sun as if heading towards the mountains. It undulates in and out of the sand as if plying through water
We then head over to Anza Berrego State Park Visitor Center. It is built into a hillside so it is invisible from the parking lot. It sports a botanical garden containing native plants....... and fish!
What the? Pup fish are the only fish in these parts that can live in salt or brackish water that thrives in extreme environments so the park service has them on display in the garden.
Its past time to eat. It has gotten warm so the doggies can't stay in an unattended truck. A Mexican restaurant offers food to go. We order burritos which are not very well seasoned- as in NONE. Its our fist experience with bland Mexican food and it is not pleasant.
Its about 90 miles back to the resort so we head out backtracking our way to the Sands RV and Golf Resort.