Borrego Springs is a place we like to go back to again and again. This time we stayed at Borrego Valley Inn (much fancier than our usual hotel): great mountain views, totally private rear patios, two pools, and gourmet breakfasts to die for.
We went to Blair Valley for the first time and hiked the Morteros Trail, which is in a remote, boulder-strewn area. It's a very old Kumeyaay site with lots of bedrock mortars (the larger holes below) and cupules (the smaller depressions). We were there during the cold weather that affected most of California--some of the morteros had ice in them!
We had some new food adventures on this trip, too: lunch in Julian (where it was too cold to linger); dinner at Assaggio (an Italian restaurant at the "airport" which was excellent--how did we manage to miss it all these years?!); and a couple of fine meals at our old favorite, the Red Ocotillo/Krazy Coyote. On Saturday night, a piano player at the Red O/Krazy C delivered an impassioned performance of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2--we were on our way out and stood rooted to the spot until he finished.
The main occasion for making this trip was for Bill to attend an all-day photo workshop in Canyon Sin Nombre. The photos below are both his; both were taken in Del Diablo, a wash at the far end of the canyon. The top photo shows petrified wood; the bottom photo shows a group of rock formations called concretions.