Agua Caliente County Park
& Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

February 19-21, 2011
My hubby and I camped at Agua Caliente County Park in eastern San Diego county
this 3-day weekend.  It was a wonderful  getaway...   The campground was pleasant
and set amid the very scenic Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.   And of course the
hot springs were quite nice :D  We soaked in the indoor pool Saturday night (while it
rained outside), Sunday night, and Monday morning.  It wasn't as busy as I was
expecting it to be, either.  Only a few others in the pool whenever we were, and we
pretty much had one section of the campground all to ourselves.

On Sunday we did three short dayhikes - to the morteros and pictographs near Blair
Valley, and to the elephant trees near Ocotillo Wells.  I'd never seen an elephant
tree before - they are rare and weren't even identified as a species until 1937.  I
also saw a flower that I'd never seen before - Cleveland's Penstemon.  And we saw
plentiful wildlife (road runners, rabbits, hawks, lizards).

On Monday I made breakfast, we packed up camp, then soaked in the hot springs pool
for the last time, then drove up into the Laguna Mountains towards the freshly
fallen snow.  We had lunch in the quaint town of Julian.  It's been a long time since
I've been there...  It's very pretty up there right now.  Anyway, here's some photos
Vallecito Stage Station - a stop on the Butterfield Stage
Route which was the longest to have ever existed