Super Bloom at Anza Borrego Desert State Park

Hello my friends,
do you want to take off with me on a whim and visit the Anza Borrego Desert State Park in Borrego Springs CA?
That's exactly what hubby and I did last week.  After watching the 10 o'clock news and hearing of the 'SUPER BLOOM' we thought, why not go?
We knew that the park would be busy, (which was evident when we had to book a hotel an hour and a half away).  So we arose early on Tuesday morning and headed out.
Seeing the gorgeous sun rise was worth every bit of lack of sleep.  :)

It was just coming up over the mountain as we reached the park.
Needing to share something for a # party (Treasures and Trinkets Tuesday) I co-host on Instagram I stopped to snap a photo of some thrift finds I picked up in the town of 29 Palms.
Hey, a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do!  (wink) 
Now normally I wouldn't share a pic of my not so small derriere, but just had to show you what hubby was busy taking a photo of while I was setting it up.   Oh, I'm sure he was just wanting to get the wildflowers and I just happened to be in the way!  lol!
Dirty old men!!! (smile)
Now on to maybe not bigger, but better things. . .

The pictures really don't do it justice.
My friend, Joanne sent me a photo off of the French General site on Instagram.  It was of a gorgeous gal sitting amongst the yellow blooms at Anza Borrego.  She has shoulders bared and it really is stunning!  With me, this is what you get.

I was worried about crushing those beautiful wildflowers, so I looked for a sandy spot.
We arrived at the visitors center before it opened.  There was a walking trail there where you could enjoy more flowers.

The cactus were just starting to bloom.  They will be gorgeous in another week or so.

I loved the pretty rock wall.

Well folks, live and learn.  After getting inside we decided on a hike we wanted to take.  Only to find out that when the parking lot to the hike is full they don't let more people in.  Of course it was full.  We were informed that most people hike it at 7 or 8 a.m.  Who knew?  We were there and could easily have done that.
She suggested we check it out later in the afternoon.
In the meantime we drove to the south end of the park and took a different hike.  Not nearly as colorful, but also not nearly as busy.
Did I mention that my hero doesn't love crowds?  Oh, but isn't he ever so strong?
 Later we were able to go on the hike that we wanted, Borrego Palm Canyon Trail.  It was beautiful!  But, it was 91 degrees and a bit too hot for us oldies.  Unusually warm for them as well.  They are normally in the 70's.
We started off with a skip and a hop and drug back in by the skin of our teeth.  Especially after hubby got sun screen in his eyes and could barely see the trail.  : (
We did get to see 4 big horned sheep.  Look closely by the log and you'll see one.
Well, hot as it was; we had a great time!
Definitely had the sun in our face. . .
(I took this after the hike.  I knew you'd want to see how hot and sweaty I was)
I couldn't wait to crank up that air conditioner!!
and we felt a bit like a flower child.

I hope you enjoyed the tour. . .really, the only thing you were missing is the heat.  Ha, ha! Oh, and I forgot to mention that when we came back to the north side in the afternoon the line of cars trying to get to the visitor center was miles long.

Just a reminder that the hello spring blog tour hosted by Katie will kick off tomorrow morning.  I know it will be filled with lots of spring inspiration!



NanaDiana said...

Wow- What a wonderful place to visit. Those flowers were amazing....but that heat was not so amazing. I hope you had a nice cool ride home. xo Diana

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Wow that is a very popular place to visit. Thanks for sharing so many beautiful blossoms.

Linda W. said...

Those wildflowers are lovely! Sometimes spur of the moment trips are the best ones!

Parsimonious Décor Darling said...

Beautiful pics, Jann! You remind me again why it's so hard to leave California!

Louca por porcelana said...

Lovely post!The heat I have here in my country...Very beautiful!Hugs.

Sharon @ Blue Willow House said...

The wildflowers are so pretty and your photographs beautiful. I love that you just decided to make this trip on the spur of the moment. I always say I'll do that but never do.

Rose L said...

I am trying to remember if that place is near Palm Springs. My parents live in Hemet near Palm Springs and it sure gets hot there. I never liked the heat! I prefer Oregon! I have never seen the desert in bloom and it does make it look nicer.

Janice Smith said...

Jann, thank you so much for sharing these beautiful photos. This post was a visual delight. How lucky you were to see the desert in peak bloom. . . certainly a day to remember for you and your husband.

sandi s said...

Beautiful scenery!! The pictures of you and your hubby are so sweet. Hugs,

Lady of the Manor said...

This looks like a great place to visit, especially this time of year with all of the blooms! Thanks for sharing your gorgeous photos!

Kelly said...

That looked like a neat place to visit. I love the scenery. I think I like it better while sitting inside a cool house though. Ha! I hate walking in the hot sun with nowhere to cool off. The flowers were beautiful. Wouldn't be so bad if they had some shady areas huh? Thanks for taking us along on this fun tour.

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Just beautiful! LOVE the last picture of you two. Your pose amongst the flowers is pretty special too!

Creations By Cindy said...

What a neat place to visit. Dang, felt like I was walking along with you for a minute. Beautiful pictures. Looks like you both enjoyed yourselves. And are simply beautiful my friend. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

This is an amazing place! The flowers are enchanting!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

So glad you had the opportunity to go and t=see the super bloom! That heat would have also been my downfall but those flowers would have kept me going. Lovely photos and story, Jann