Sunday, April 3, 2011

Borrego, Day 2: Font's Point and Galleta Meadows

One of the things we like best about Borrego Springs is the warm temperatures. On this trip, we hit some unseasonably cold weather. We didn't see a lizard the whole time we were there! That tells you something. On the other hand, we saw dramatic clouds, a smattering of rain, and some glorious rainbows. Above you see part of a bow that went across the whole sky, taken just outside our room at Stanlund's.

We tried to get to Font's Point by sunrise and almost made it--a half-hour late. It's named after the priest on the De Anza expedition of 1775. We went to Font's Point on our first trip to Borrego in 2000 and made it out there in our Honda Accord. The road was solid washboard. Now, it's soft sand--definitely 4WD only. The view above shows the Borrego Badlands, a treasure trove of ancient fossils--one of the best places in the U.S. to view sediments of the Pliocene and Pleistocene. This spot is where I first learned about the existence of prehistoric camels in Southern California--and so my fascination began.

The Salton Sea, just to the east, is easily visible from Font's Point--here's the sun shining on the water.

After a stop at the Friday morning Farmer's Market, always a treat, we drove out Borrego Springs Rd. to enjoy the sculptures of prehistoric animals scattered around Galleta Meadows. There are plenty of camels, of course--and much more, too.