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San Diego Uptown News | April 29–May 12, 2011


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• The Cure for May Gray • By Randy Kalp


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ith the onset of May gray, now is the time to head east to the Anza-


Borrego Desert State Park in Borrego Springs. From now until late May,


desert wildflowers are in bloom, splashing bold colors against baked soil in the state park’s canyons. Anza Borrego’s annual spring wildflower displays range from micro to macro—tiny petals of deep blue on the Indigo Bush to massive blooming Barrel cacti. The park is also prolific with Chuparosa, Desert Lavender, Creosote Bush and Apricot Mal- low, as well as many other variet- ies indigenous desert flowers. With more than 600,000 acres,


Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is California’s largest state park. It features 12 wilderness areas, 500 miles of dirt roads and an abundance of hiking trails, includ- ing a section of the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail. Just 85 miles from San Diego, Anza-Borrego is less than one tank of gas (round trip) away. It also has the distinc- tion of being the only state park in California to allow free camp- ing in any section of the park, except designated campgrounds, which cost $25 per night.


see Travel, page 15 Photography by Bethany Salvon


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