Largest Known Structure of the Ancestral People of the Sonoran Desert
it is the largest known structure of the Ancestral People of the Sonoran Desert.
The early Spanish explorers named it well – Casa Grande (Great House) – and to them it was a mystery.”
A circular hole in the upper west wall aligns with the setting sun at the summer solstice.
Other openings align with the sun and moon at specific times.
By 300 CE (Common Era) the Ancestral People lived in permanent settlements along the Salt and Gila Rivers
To irrigate their fields, villages cooperated to build and manage vast canal systems that diverted water from the rivers.”
Some of the same canal corridors are in use today.
The Lush Sonoran Desert Borderlands of Arizona
More Green Than the Word Desert Evokes For This New Englander
“Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument is a showcase for the Sonoran Desert and its many plants and animals.
Desert dwellers here must live in extreme temperatures, intense sun, and little rainfall.
Cacti are the most recognizable plants ; 28 cactus species live here, including Saguaro and Organ Pipe.”
“The Organ Pipe is a large cactus rarely found in the Unities States, although it is common in Mexico.
The Monument protects the bulk of its US range. “
GPO.2018-403.332/82022Organ Pipe Cactus may live 150 years.
Average height at maturity is 15 feet.
An Organ Pipe Cactus produces its first flowers at around 35 years.
The bat pollinated flowers blossom at night and are closed by mid-morning the next day.
San Diego County
World Class Cliffs & Flight Deck
Some Intense Energy HereSoft Touch Landing
A Shout Out To Hadi Golian, PPG Instructor & Good Guy
1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive
San Diego, California
“Fort Rosecrans became a National Cemetery on Oct. 5, 1934. The decision to make the post cemetery part of the national system came, in part, due to changes in legislation that greatly increased the number of persons eligible for burial in a national cemetery. Grave space in San Francisco National Cemetery then grew increasingly limited. In addition, southern California was experiencing a phenomenal population growth during this period, and there was a definitive need for more burial sites.”
A Tale of Two San Diego Communities As Seen Through the Experience of Their Farmer’s Markets
Little Italy & Ocean Beach
A Fashionable Community With a Colorful Farmer’s Market Peopled With Fashionable Folk, a Bunch of Chill Southern Californians of All Ages and a Tourist Or Two
A Beachside Community With a Colorful Farmer’s Market Peopled With Surfers of All Ages, Hippies of All Ages, the Homeless, a Bunch of Chill Southern Californians of All Ages and a Tourist Or Two
“This event boasts the same free-spirited and funky vibe that can be felt throughout this beachside community.”
Hallway Arches At the California Tower and the West Gate
San Diego Again
… not a complaint.
“With 5,017 pipes in 80 ranks, the Spreckels Organ is the largest outdoor organ in the world.”
“A gift from brothers John and Adolph Spreckels to the people of the world, offering free music in the days before commercial radio, television, or movies with sound.”
A serendipitous arrival in Balboa Park on a January mid-day landed us in the midst of a ‘5th Graders In the Park’ presentation and recital of the Spreckels Organ.
Life Is Good
Tucked off in a corner of Balboa Park
Artists at work and art on display.
San Diego. California
Back in the day there were a few prescient and philanthropic people in the growing community of San Diego.
Decisions and actions were made and taken that proved to be in San Diego community’s best interests in the long run.
Alonzo Horton comes to town in 1867 and San Diego as we know it begins.
Fourteen hundred acres of land set aside in 1868 by town father’s for a ‘City Park’.
Kate Sessions landscaped the park and the city over time in return for 32 acres of land to be used as her nursery.
The Panama Canal and the Railroad arrive in town in the form of increased trade and commerce.
1915-16 Panama-California Exposition, was San Diego’s first world’s fair.
San Diego’s second world’s fair, was the 1935-36 California Pacific International Exposition.
(When and where was the last World’s Fair? Will we ever experience another?)
San Diego has inherited and preserved history and historical buildings that were meant to be temporary as the result of World’s Fairs and foresight.
An Overcast Day’s Walk & Drive in La Jolla
A Sunday in La Jolla
(Do not appear the rube, pronounced La Hoya)
Never thinking that the LDS Temple grounds and the Salk Institute grounds would be closed, gated and locked.
Another day, but this time.
The City of San Diego and the surrounding San Diego County are an exceptional area.
Take a Run At the Windy Cliffs of Torrey Pines
Wind Was Not Enough To Fly That Day But Folks Did Hang Out and Practice Latter Day Saints Church Temple
Through the Bars
Wildlife On the Coast Boulevard Walk To the Children’s Pool
Dog-Faced Harbor Seal
Homes Along La Jolla Farms Road
It Is All About the Landscaping & the Entryway
At Least From the Road
Think Route 1 Along the New Hampshire Coast
Only the Desert & the Pacific Ocean San Diego Image Gallery
“This park’s combo name, pairing the name of famed Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza, who crossed this desert in 1774, and the Spanish word for sheep (“borrego”)—referring to the region’s native bighorn sheep, this desert preserve—California’s largest state park—protects more than 600,000 acres/242,811 hectares of badlands, palm oases, slot canyons, and cactus-studded hills. A geology lesson in making, still being altered by erosion and flash floods, it’s a wild and remote place, with much of it accessed via primitive roads, or on foot. (Consider renting a 4WD with high clearance for best access.) But the payoff is stunning stillness and unforgettable beauty.”
Peninsular Bighorn Sheep
Bighorn Sheep are an endangered species.
“Anza-Borrego is home to about 60 desert bighorn sheep, the largest mammal in the park. The bighorn sheep spend their lives in the remote terrain of the Peninsular Ranges, venturing down on to the slopes to feed and find water. Keen eyesight allows them to view large expanses of terrain, ever wary of predators, humans or perceived threats.”
“Both rams (males) and ewes (females) have horns their entire lives. Ram horns can be massive curls, while ewe horns are smaller and straighter, like sabres that they use to protect themselves and their lambs. Rams show off their horns to other males as a means of gaining dominance, and will often go head to head in ritualized combat.”
“Water is essential for lamb survival and the long-term health of bighorn populations.The State of California and the Park have ongoing projects, including the removal of tamarisk and other non-native plants, to improve water supplies for wildlife.”
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park – A Place For Discovery , 2018-2019 Edition
“Anza-Borrego’s most famous hike leads to Borrego Palm Canyon, a watery haven fed by underground springs and shaded by California fan palms, the only palm that is native to California. It’s not a major hike round trip (3 miles/4.8 km total), but it feels like a trek from the desert to the tropics. Head off into a sandy wash twisting through a rocky canyon dotted with barrel cacti and ocotillo (look for hummingbirds flitting to the plant’s crimson flowers).”
“A little further along, you come upon lush willows and the sound of little waterfalls, until finally, rocks give way to deep pools of shade cast by the soaring, shaggy palms (their untrimmed fronds make them look a bit like Wookiee out of Star Wars). A series of severe rainstorms and flash floods in the last decade wiped out many of the oldest palms in this grove, but Palm Canyon is still the largest of the palm groves in Anza-Borrego. Over 80 species of migratory birds use Palm Canyon as a watering stop as they travel through the desert. Bighorn sheep like this spot, too.”
The highest and furthest east of a series of reservoirs watering the San Diego watershed.
Pretty, but lots of dried up lake bed, with the reservoir at maybe 20% capacity.
The far shallow end of the lake provided endless photographic pursuits, with late day light and an energetic and successful wading hunter.
The same stretch of shallows, the same time of day, the same Ibis.
A nice place with comfortable, competent and chill staff who manage and maintain a quality environment.
Bill & Frances Keys’ Desert Queen Ranch
“From 1918 until 1963 Bill and Frances Keys were the leading – sometimes the only – citizens of the high desert valleys of Joshua Tree.
Bill was prospector, miner, mill operator, cattle rancher, road and dam builder, mining equipment salvager, and improviser;
whatever was needed to survive in this desert hideaway.
In 1943 a feuding neighbor, Worth Bagley, tried to ambush and kill Bill Keys, but Bill was the better shot and killed Bagley instead.
Keys was tried and sentenced to 10 years in San Quentin for manslaughter.
Erle Stanley Garner took up Keys’ case in his “Court of Last Resort” magazine articles.
Decker, Decker & Hazlett, Road Guide To Joshua Tree National Park, 1999
Bill & Frances Key’s Desert Queen Ranch