March 18, 2017 – We drove from San Diego to the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in the morning in hopes of seeing the allegedly rare desert flower bloom. Due to the much needed rainfall La Nina has gifted California this winter, desert flowers are flourishing for the first time this decade. It took us roughly 1.5 hours to get to the visitor center at the Anza-Borrego State Park. From there, we drove in a circle while stopping by multiple flower fields. It was crowded and we experienced traffic as expected. The park rangers were incredibly helpful and the fields itself were large enough that visitors were spaced out.
Once we were flowered out, we drove down a street that displayed multiple sculptures. The sculptures are found on the Galetta Meadows Estates and are open for tourists to drive through or walk around. Eventually, all the sculptures started looking the same so we knew it was time to leave. Plus it was very hot and dry.
We walked through the Art Fair located and had a quick bite to eat. We drove West and stopped by Julian for some yummy apple pie of course where we met up with my sister and BIL. As usual, Kevin made us stop by a brewery to drive beer and hard cider. Overall, the day was a great way to complete a quick adventure in the desert. Who knows when the flower blooms will blossom the same way again.