Friday, April 30, 2010

Poppies and Other Wildflowers

This may be the peak weekend for California poppies at the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve. We took a short road trip out to the High Desert and found enormous fields of electric orange blooms along the way. The area is still relatively undeveloped, and there is plenty of ranch land to see. At this time of year, the park itself may prove too crowded to tolerate. If so, park along 170th Street instead and view the poppies for free.

On the drive back from Antelope Valley, we made a detour up Interstate 5 to see wildflowers near the Grapevine. Once again, the rains of the winter have painted the hills with lush grasses and blooms.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Hiking Anza-Borrego

About a week ago, we went for a hike in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. The weather was still relatively cool, and things were definitely in bloom. We made a short hike to Borrego Palm Canyon, where we found water, an oasis, and yep, a couple of tall palms.