Dave & I left Idyllwild on Saturday and found our way to Borrego Springs on Sunday…
Mary helped work the logistics for this this trip- big thanks to her as we go into Baby Alert status. We arranged a meeting time in Borrego Springs on Sunday with her and turned off the cell phones at Paradise Corners. We started out on familiar trails in the greater Idyllwild area- some good stuff close to the Enduro route.
The singletrack was beautful…
dirt roads, 4wd roads…
We arrived at camp a bit early so we decided to go exploring in Alder Canyon
The creek was flowing strong, good water for morning coffee!
We called Bailey’s Cabin home for the night. The cabin is an old cattleman’s shelter that’s been maintained by volunteers over the years. It is free to use but visitors are asked to tread lightly and clean up after themselves. We’re lucky that places like it still exist today.
We had some visitors Saturday night- two guys who were probably of drinking age & their three teen-something lady friends. They were friendly but didn’t stay too long. Somehow, in a twist of good fortune, we ended up drinking their beer while they split wood for our fire! True story.
Dave hooked up a tasty treat consisting of rice, seaweed, and Japanese fish.
For breakfast, we enjoyed warm burritos and coffee.
We bid the cabin farewell after a great night and headed down canyon- past the road’s end. The middle 10 miles or so of canyon were an exercise in route-finding & not-getting flat tires. The Middle Willows- a rich bird habitat & palm oasis- were thick, wet, and cool at the day’s peak heat.
We emerged from the Middle Willows a short distance from the top of the southern access point into the canyon. It’s a jeeper’s paradise, with lots of rock crawling and hidden gems to find. Because it’s so tough, we only saw a handful of other people with 4wd rigs. We explored just a bit of Cougar Canyon- enough to know we want to go back to the area called “Land of a Thousand Springs”
The Ocotillos were in bloom after the rains a few weeks ago.
We ended up “racing” a few jeepers down the canyon for a bit. They could move pretty quick. on the smooth stuff but once we got to a long rock garden descent we had the edge. 🙂
We arrived at First Crossing ready for a splash in cool water. The water was up to the top of my 29″ tire at the deepest point. Last year, when Mary & I attempted this as a loop it was up to our fork crowns!
After First Crossing the canyon flattened & smoothed out. We settled in to a desert cruise.
We exited the park and rendezvoused with Mary at just the right time. After a quick stopover at a fruit stand we found our way to a Mexican joint with stiff margaritas.
Thanks to all my friends and family for making it a great year and a happy birthday.