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Saturday, April 28, 2018

Anza-Borrego State Park

Aloha Everyone,

Anza-Borrego State Park is located within the Colorado Desert of Southern California. This is the largest state park in California and the 2nd largest in the contiguous United States. The park is 600,000 acres equal to 20% of San Diego County.

Anza-Borego is named after Juan Bautista de Anza, the 18th century Spanish explorer. Borrego comes from the Spanish word for bighorn sheep. According to the park’s website, among many types of fauna, visitors may see include bighorn sheep. Unfortunately for us, these majestic creatures usually come out at dawn or dusk.

Honu bravely pressed on S2, “Great Southern Overland Stage Route”. The two way road was paved but not very even and Honu shook more than usual. Reminded me of Mark Twain’s book about riding in a mail coach Roughing It (1872).

Taking this alternative route off I-8 was absolutely worth it. I had seen a part of Anza-Borego State Park viewing spring wildflowers last year with our daughter-in-law, but this was a first time for J.J. And what a memorable trip it became!

Tonight we are happily settled in at Pinezanita RV Park & Campgrounds in Julian, CA. Yvi, at the registration desk was friendly and accommodating.

At 4,226 ft elevation, today’s high was 62 Fahrenheit and it is expected to go down to 39. Rather a drastic drop from Yuma, AZ where we endured a high of 103 Fahrenheit.

Aloha -- Cathi