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March 11, 2023

Borrego Springs - Borrego Winds

My brother and his wife are visiting from Mazatl├ín on their way to their summer home in the great PNW.  Rather than detail all the family doings I will dedicate this blog to our trip to Borrego.

What's missing?

Fran's a good guess, but not what I was looking for

I hope you recognized the Welcome sign at Christmas Circle.  This is how it looked before the wind broke off the 3 4x8" supports holding it in place.

The official wind was 102 mph although at the American Legion it was 107 mpg.  Glad we missed this windstorm!  It was a few weeks before our trip.

We are staying at the American Legion this trip, as I have not yet fixed the furnace, and we'll need to use the space heater.  A site with FHU is $30.  While we were at the Legion it remained mostly windy.

We planned the visit to arrive on Wednesday, which is Burger Night at the American Legion.

In addition to burgers they also serve Polish Dogs

This is a vey popular event!

Thursday dawned to clearing skies!  Fran had the chance to practice her chip shots.

While Marty and I relaxed.

Taking advantage of the clear morning, we all piled into the Jeep for a visit to Font’s Point.

‘The Sweepings of the Earth’

The view across Clark Lake, with bit of snow on top.

Marty and Juanita enjoying the sun.

Marty enjoying Dad’s favorite view.

The 4 of us on Dad's spot.

Juanita, Marty, myself, Fran

Leaving Font’s Point we were in search of wildflowers.  Certainly not a ‘Super Bloom’, but there are indeed flowers in bloom.

Henderson Canyon

Henderson Canyon

Fran’s happy we stopped at the Seely Ranch for their organic grapefruit.

Our beautiful day did not last  The evening brought light clouds and gentle winds that picked up overnight.

Friday morning dawned with lenticular clouds below a heavy overcast.

A hearty breakfast at Kendal’s, we wandered through the Farmer’s Market.

I needed to go to the Borrego Springs Library to renew my library card.  As we walked through the Community Garden there was additional wind damage.  The wind had also knocked over the sculpture there.

Here’s what he looked like when we were here last month.

Juanita wanted to see more of the desert landscape.  With clouds closing in and the wind picking up we headed out to Split Mountain.

With all its layers of sandstone and mudstone it was sure to satisfy her curiosity.

There is an upheaval along the road.

The correct term is an ’anticline’.  It’s a unique formation in our desert.

It was decided to head home a day early to avoid more bad weather expected.  Once we drove up the hill the heavy winds turned into heavy rain!  The rain stayed with us all the way home.


  1. I always enjoy seeing Borrego Springs pictures. We heard that the sign at Christmas Circle had been blown off. In the last couple years of our travels out there we had boondocked in the Legions parking lot several times. Those big winds must have torn things up around there pretty good. Had we been in Borrego Springs this winter we could very well have been there when that happened. I wonder how those big old Tamarisk trees made out.

    1. The deep roots of the Tamarisk kept all I saw upright, altho a few limbs were missing, including at the Legion. We're parked at the Legion against the Tamarisk as a wind break. I think that is a Sycamore that fell on the house.
      Borrego misses you too!

  2. Those are some serious winds! We have never been to Borrego but it has been on our list for a while!

    1. You've been close! It is an interesting little community, as it is completely enclosed within the State Park. Lots of reasons to visit the park and of course the town.

  3. I really miss Borrego Springs. Thanks so much for taking me on a little tour of some of my favorite places....sigh

    1. Hi Suzi! Looking forward to you visiting Borrego so we can share a tour! We'll continue to visit BS as we can.

  4. Wow! Glad you weren't in any of the wind damage. We love the drive out from Split Mountain. We've done a few very interesting hikes out there. Always a fun drive out that road.

    1. Hi Pam - bet the Nimble Hiker has enjoyed the Wind Caves! Not a trip for this group, but always a ton of unique geology along Split Mountain. Our Best to you and John!

  5. Nice trip! There is always something to see and something to do in Anza Borrego. Sometime you should drive out to the north end of Clark Dry Lake and see the numerous petroglyphs where the rocks first appear at the bottom of the mountain.

    1. Thanks Jeff! I have driven out Rock House Road, but to find the Rock House! Did not find it and did not look for the glyphs, which i now know were there at that time. It's a tough drive and have not returned.
      Have you been ???.

  6. That is some extreme wind.

    1. I know you had some serious winds as well. Glad you had no damage and we missed the worst of it.

  7. So glad I wasn't on top of the badland cliffs when those winds came through. May have ended at the bottom. Didn't think the winds would get that bad being butted up to the mountains. Great pictures of Fonts Point and Split Mountain. My two favorite places.

    1. I know you had some serious winds too! Deb and Riley had the topper taken of their slide-out to cope with it. Glad you enjoy those places too.


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