With our area map and book from the VC we head out Borrego Springs Road. First are acres of huge California Fan Palms - they don't produce dates and I can't find anything on why they are being grown in groves. These are followed by citrus - the lemon, orange and grapefruit trees are bright green and heavy with fruit.
A quick stop at the corner "honor system" stand for a huge bag of oranges for $3, and we check out the map for Jeep roads.
We miss the small sign for the Arroyo Salado primitive camping area the first time, and stop to take a few pics of Truckhaven Wash when we turn around on Highway 79.
|Salton Sea in the background|
|The beginning of wonderful geology we enjoy all day|
I count 21 palms, not including the "topless" one. This oasis was a regular stopping spot for nomads and early prospectors. Ground water was not always available so large jugs of water were often left for others. This tradition continues, as well as the "Prospectors's Post Office" where we read the latest entry from a visitor from Iran, and leave our own brief note.
|The wind gusts hard all day|
|Bright sunshine keeps the temps in the high 60's|
|A Budweiser left behind in addition to the traditional water jug.|
|Numerous journals covering several years.|
|A fascinating field of round concretions|
|A small fence now protects these "pumpkins"|