Borrego Cactus Loop Trail

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Bob blends into the landscape wearing his camo jacket while hiking among the ocotillo cactus on the Cactus Loop Trail in the Anza Borrego Desert State Park, California. Although rain, wind and cool weather were forcast for today, it turned out sunny and nice and sure beats the weather in Alaska at the moment. The Cactus Loop Trail is a short self guided 1 mile stroll up the canyon across from the Tamarisk Grove Campground, and is a wonderful way to learn to recognize the amazing variety of desert plant life. Most of the plants are greening up nicely from the winter rains and sport tiny buds that will bloom into gorgeous flowers soon. Unfortunately, most of the cactus flowers won’t bloom until May, so we will miss them, but the other plants are on the verge of a colorful show. We also saw a dozen big horn sheep along the mountain ridge above Highway S-3 at the summit. Life abounds in the desert!

More tomorrow,

Gail Niebrugge, wildflower artist

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