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 :)

More pics here :)

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Vallecito Stage Station - a stop on the Butterfield Stage Route which was the longest to have ever existed