20130105 Borrego Springs
Saturday morning, Jan 5, I headed out early with my Jeep stuffed full of furniture to take up to by best friend and favorite Raven Lunatic Chick Kathie S. who is wintering in Fallbrook. I was feeling under the weather and concerned it might be flu coming on so headed back home shortly after dropping off the furniture.

Rather than taking S-2 back to Hwy 78 I went through Ranchita and dropped off of Montezuma Grade into Borrego Springs. Pulled into the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park visitor center for a quick stop and ran into just about every person I know in Borrego! Visited and birded for a bit and then, still a bit queezy, I headed away from the crowds.

Picked up a bite to eat at Jilberto's in downtown Borrego Springs and sat at the entrance to Old Springs Open Space Preserve (OSP) for awhile to enjoy it. Feeling a bit beter I spent about an hour walking .75 miles through the dunes. Had a pair of LeConte's Thrasher, several Sage Sparrow and House Finches in the dunes.

Then headed out Borrego Salton Seaway and made a quick stop at the Pegleg Smith Monument. Then slipped into 4x4 and drove south up Inspiration Wash to where it tops out and drops into the Borrego Badlands.

Then back to pavement and slipped into 4x4 once again to head up Font's Wash to Font's Point. Font's Point is one of the "must see" places in Southern California. It is named after Father Pedro Font who was chaplain of Juan Batista de Anza's expedition in 1775-76. There were about 20 vehicles and 40 or more folks already there along the cliff to catch a gorgeous sunset.

As I drove the way back down Font's Wash there was a Kit Fox in the wash and not quite enough light to get pictures of it. I squeeked a bit and it came straight to me but about 100 feet out a vehicle came down the wash and it slipped off into the desert.

Made it home about an hour after sunset feeling much better!
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