San Diego and the Southern California Desert

April 27, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

I took a trip to San Diego to visit a friend and go to a few NCAA tournament games at San Diego State.  These photos were all taken on Monday during the trek back to Tempe.  I started the morning by heading down to Sunset Cliffs in Ocean Beach. 

It was a cloudy morning with not much opportunity for photos until I had some visitors from above.

After this stop, I headed to PB for a breakfast burrito at Kono's before hitting the road.  About 20 minutes east of Alpine, I decided to do some exploring and took a random exit off of I-8.  I ended up on Laguna Mountain in Cleveland National Forest.

The road then took me down out of the mountain range and through Anza-Borrego Desert State Park where I came across flowering ocotillo and hedgehog cacti.

I even caught a shot of a bee visiting the flower of the hedgehog cactus.

I ended up near the Salton Sea and decided to take a drive around it.  The Salton Sea was created in 1905 by a massive flood on the Colorado River.  Its located below sea level and has no natural discharge point.  Because of this, the sea suffers from high salinity and pollution due to agricultural runoff from the nearby Coachella Valley. 

Towns along the shores of the Salton Sea are in rough shape. I stopped in Bombay Beach for a moment, but it was too depressing to stay very long.

And yes, that sign does say waterfront lots for under $7,000.

 


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