Federal Agency to Ignore California About it’s Own State Park

7 03 2008

The U.S. Department of Energy is moving forward on a plan to override California’s state utility regulators when it comes to building massive power lines through Anza Borrego State Park. “The department turned down multiple requests to reconsider its designation in October of a ‘National Interest Electric Transmission Corridor’ covering 10 counties in Southern California and western Arizona,” according to this article in the San Diego Union-Tribune. Citizens are worried are worried this might be a landgrab on the part of the power companies and developers.

Wonderful. Now California doesn’t even have a say when it comes to building power lines right through it’s own state park? This is a violation of states’ rights if I’ve ever seen one. Hopefully they will have some good sense not to destroy the land our forefathers had the good sense to protect.

Some more articles on the powerlines issue are:




Hawk on powerline

Photo courtesy of freeparking


Yaqui Well: My Experience in this Mysterious and Magical Place

5 03 2008

Imagine this: you’re in the middle of the desert camping. You step outside your tent and you see a storm that is about 30 miles away. Overhead the sky is blue; the sun is shining. A rainbow stretches out in the sky, sinking into the mountain next to you. The wind is blowing hard and you can actually feel raindrops hitting your face. But from where? The storm clouds so far away? Incredible. This was my experience waking up one April morning at Yaqui Well campground in Anza Borrego.

Storm and Rainbow

My view that morning of the storm clouds and rainbow.

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Wildflower Season Hits Anza Borrego

29 02 2008

Visitors to Anza Borrego State Park are in for a treat this time of the year. Park botanists are predicting the peak of the wildflower season will happen in the first two weeks of March.

This vast desert park, located east of San Diego, California has had 4.38 inches of rainfall since July 1st. “Though still below normal, the rain has been perfectly timed and of the gentle, soaking sort that gives us hope for a good wildflower season,” says the park’s website.

The Anza Borrego State Park covers a massive area of Southern California, reaching the Mexican-American border. Those flower-hunters planning on visiting the park would be advised to check out the Wildflower Report which will inform them of the best areas to catch a glimpse of these beauties.

Desert Flower

Photo courtesy of Sara Atkins