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Digital by design:

Balboa Park Collaborative gathers

collections online

Balboa Park is in the process of gathering several of its gallery and museum exhibits online. Since 2008, when the Balboa Park Online Collaborative (BPOC) launched, it has begun altering the interactions of the Park’s many institutions with visitors. “Using our shared rapid digitization lab, we have digi- tized more than 140,000 photos, slides, videos, audio clips, and pages of archival materials. Additionally, more than 170,000 images have been published online, garnering more than 2 million page views,” notes BPOC’s website: BPOC is comprised of 20 park

organizations. Current projects in development, as reported recently by the San Diego Union-Tribune, include:

Japanese Friendship Gar-

den ( A Koi Pond cam at the Japanese Friendship Gardens that would stream video to the gar- den’s tea house and website.

Museum of Photographic

Arts ( Posting online of approximately 2,000 of the more than 7,000 images the collabora- tive has digitized for the museum (scheduled for late April).

San Diego Air & Space Mu-

seum ( Continuing digitization of collec- tion, including photos, videos, slides and more than 6,000 rolls of film.

San Diego Museum of

Art ( Developing a “search the collection” module for the museum’s website concurrent with posting images of the entire collection online (scheduled for summer).

San Diego Natural History

Museum ( Making the museum’s extensive collection of the diaries of Laurence Klauber, which have already been digitized and posted, searchable; digitizing and posting the museum’s map collection.u

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Wildflowers at Anza Borrego Desert State Park. (Photos by Bethany Salvon) FROM PAGE 9


If you choose to stay at a designated campsite, the Bor- rego Palm Canyon campground, at the base of the Borrego Palm Canyon trial, is perfect for RVs, tents or car campers. And because of its relationship to the hiking trail, the campground is ideal for wildflower enthusiasts. Borrego Palm Canyon trail is one of the easiest ways to reach the canyon wildflowers. Ascending into a v-shaped gorge, the trail is a fairly easy three-mile (round trip) hike that follows a seasonal stream to one of largest palm oases in California. Just above the oasis is a grotto alongside which cold water plummets from a gushing waterfall—a refresh-

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ing juxtaposition to miles of arid earth beyond.

In addition to wildflowers,

Anza-Borrego is also home to a variety of wildlife. Some of the state park’s most notable animals include golden eagles, roadrunners and the red diamond rattle snake, as well as the elusive “Borrego,” or bighorn sheep, which frequent the Borrego Palm Canyon. First-time visitors to Anza-

Borrego Desert State Park will benefit by stopping by the Visitors Center, which is about a mile from the Borrego Palm Canyon campground. Current information about the wildflow- ers and interactive guided tours is available, and park rangers provide information about camp- ing in the park, including tips and suggestions for setting up a free camp spot. Starting May 1,

Know Before You Go

• In May, morning and late afternoon hikes are recom-

mended because of the hot afternoon temperatures. While San Diego may be gray and cool, Anza-Borrego is gener- ally hot and full of sunshine during this time of year.

• Regardless of when you hike, remember to bring

enough water with you to keep your body hydrated throughout the hike. For the Borrego Palm Canyon trial, I recommend bringing an extra

handkerchief that you can soak in the cold stream as you make the trek to the oasis.

• Dogs are not permitted on any of the state park’s

hiking trials. However, dogs are allowed in the designated campgrounds.

• The paved road to Borrego Palm Canyon campground is

well maintained. Additionally, Borrego Springs is only a short drive away if you need gas or supplies.

the Visitor Center is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday to Mon-

day, but closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.u

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