March 8, 2019

Blooms in Borrego: 2019 Wildflower Discovery Tour

Yesterday was Retirement Practice # 66. DayTripper Tours Tour Manager Christina and driver Carolyn took us on a trip that had all the elements of an awesome day. After gathering all the passengers, we headed north east. Hoping for blue sky and lots of color, Christina, shared some videos of what we were hoping to see. Even though I’ve been on this trip before, Mother Nature knows how to put on a show and with all the rain we have been having, she wasn’t about to disappoint us.

First stop, the ever-popular Dudley’s Bakery in Santa Ysabel. Just walking in the door, seeing the bread and baked goods was bringing up fond memories of my Mom’s kitchen growing up. Armed with bags of goodies we all hopped back on board for the short drive to lunch, er, Julian.

And Julian was socked in with fog and mist. Oh, we could see down the street okay, but beyond the buildings where I thought there were mountains, well, we just had to use our imaginations. I opted for a turkey burger and fries at the Miner’s Café. It was yummy! While waiting for the cook to fix it, I had fun wandering around the restaurant looking at all the toys from “back in the day” and watching the miniature train circle the room. I even ventured downstairs to the Candy Mine.

Afterwards, and you must save room, I went to Apple Alley for some, oh my gosh, awesome apple crumb pie with caramel drizzled on top. Hoping to stave off some of the calories, I wandered up and down the covered sidewalks peeking into storefronts and admiring the clouds / fog. Then it was back to the bus.

Leaving the drizzle behind we climbed and then descended into Borrego Springs. We made a quick stop at the Welcome Center where I was, once again, attacked by the prehistoric creatures. Our Tour Manager and driver inquired where the up to the minute display of purple was to be found and with a map in hand we took off. And we were not disappointed.

WOW, we all exclaimed as we looked out the window. I couldn’t wait to get out. Gingerly we made our way into the field to just marvel at the beauty and result of all that rain we had suffered through these past few weeks. Being very careful not to crush any flowers, I laid on the ground to get up close and personal pictures and just to meditate in all that beauty. This doesn’t happen very often, so I was very appreciative of the opportunity to have a guided tour out there.

And we also got to check out several of Ricardo Breceda’s works of art. Huge statues depicting creatures of long ago were gingerly placed on the desert floor. We stopped and had a chance to walk over and check some of them out. So magnificent as they take stake their claim on the sand and so huge that we could also see many more as we drove around.
After a brief stop at the Borrego Springs Visitor Center and Museum we left the dark clouds behind headed into the sunset towards home.

Thanks DayTripper Tours for another awesome trip. And, my friends, they have several more lined up for this rare occasion of the super bloom in the desert. Check them out and sign up today. You will not be disappointed.

~ DayTripper Traveler Donna Grover
Tour: Borrego Springtime Wildflowers & Sculptures
Date: March 7, 2019


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