Destination Borrego Springs

Andrew and I took a few days off from the kids.  We spent them in Borrego Springs.  We headed east into the back country, through Lakeside, Ramona, and Julian, and then kept going.  We drove up and over the San Ysidro Mountains, and finally dropped down an 8% grade of twists and turns, losing a few thousand feet of elevation, until we were on the desert floor.  Mountains behind us, nothing but the flat desert in front.

It is only two hours away from San Diego, but it is a different world.  Slow, sleepy, dry, cactusy (if that’s even a word).  There were palm trees and sand, but not much else to remind us of home.  We stayed at the Borrego Valley Inn, a 14 room inn with caramel colored adobe buildings.  There was a courtyard with a zebra finch aviary, fountain, and outdoor fireplace, private patios off of the back of the rooms, and home made cookies in the main building in the afternoon.

We took a trip out to Galleta Meadows, a large dedicated open space with dozens of iron sculptures of animals and fantastical creatures by Ricardo Breceda.  The rust brown patina on the sculptures is perfectly complimented by the intense blue desert sky.

A photo gallery of our trip is below.

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The green door to our patio, at different times of day. Morning, noon, afternoon.

The hallway outside our room.

The hallway outside our room.

Our room, on the end of building.

Zebra finch aviary in the courtyard.

Zebra finch aviary in the courtyard.

Zebra finch up close.

Zebra finch up close.

Cactus in the courtyard.  I love the way it is backlit, it has a halo of sunlight around it.

Cactus in the courtyard. I love the way it is back lit, it has a halo of sunlight around it.

Clouds, mountains, road

Clouds, mountains, road

Giant sea serpent sculpture.

Giant sea serpent sculpture.

Close up of the scales.  See what I mean about the brown and the blue?

Close up of the scales. See what I mean about the brown and the blue?

Velociraptor in the desert.

Velociraptor in the desert.

Happy tortoise.

Happy tortoise.

Gives a new meaning to suckling pig...

Gives a new meaning to suckling pig…

Desert road in Galleta Meadows.

Desert road in Galleta Meadows.

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5 responses to “Destination Borrego Springs

  1. Celia Abrams

    Mo and Andrew,
    These photos are fabulous. It’s great to get away like this. The scenery is so interesting as is your (plural) vision. Glad you had the oppty to enjoy this trip.
    Love Ceil

  2. Bubba and Zaida

    Maureen,

    Your photos are great and really brought the trip to life for us. The desert is so beautiful!
    Love,
    Shirley and ED

  3. Annie

    Very impressive -a. Getting away b.great pics, c. Weather!
    Annie

  4. TTibbetts

    Glad you two found some time for you. The pictures are vibrant. Did you use a polarizer to capture the deep blue sky?

    • No polarizer, just my Kodak. I did play around a bit with saturation in iPhoto, but not too much. We got lucky that the sky was mainly clear, but there were these amazing clouds that scudded in an out. Nothing is cooler than clouds hanging out over desert mountains, laying down
      deep purple shadows. The place where we were was so picturesque, it was hard to take a bad photo.

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