We Say Goodbye to the Pacific Ocean
After spending a week at the Del Mar Beach RV Resort we said goodbye to the west coast and traveled east to Anza-Borrego State Park for a couple of days. Bob and Gail Conrad were staying at the Palm Canyon Hotel and Resort so we booked two nights next to them in the RV park. The fee, $90 per night was too high in my opinion. They pulled a bait and switch by advertising $76 a night but don't disclose a $12 per night "resort fee" until you check in. Hummm! By the time you've paid the taxes, well you get the idea and this game they're playing.
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is a California State Park located within the Colorado Desert of southern California, United States. The park takes its name from 18th century Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza and borrego, a Spanish word for sheep. With 585,930 acres that includes one-fifth of San Diego County, it is the largest state park in California.
We arrived on Friday, January 13 by noon so after setting up we all took off to do some sightseeing before sunset. We drove out to Font Point to see the "badlands" looking towards the Salton Sea which lies 230 feet below sea level! It was an ideal vantage point to view this impressive expanse.
The desert is an amazing place to visit. During our short stay we observed the earliest of flowers starting to blossom. The rain has come early but it will be at least a few more weeks before the spectacular "desert bloom" event occurs that brings thousands of visitors to witness. We were sufficiently fascinated with the variety of cacti and the impressive geologic scale of Anza-Borrego.
After the two night stay we said our goodbyes to the Conrads and left Sunday morning, January 15 at 11 AM for our next destination: Quartzsite, AZ.