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The journey was long and we arrived late in the night, exhausted but shepherded painlessly into a sweet site at Borrego Palm Canyon Campground by a giant moon. But as the pink dawn broke and I realized we were in a sea of flowers, I was filled with gratitude for the privilege of being present for such an overwhelmingly joyful celebration of Nature.
As we wandered through the desert, a landscape I’ve always associated with barren nothingness (save rocks, sand and dust), I was mesmerized by the rainbow cacophony of yellow dandelions, golden poppies, purple lupines, elegant desert lilies, and electric pink cactus blooms. My sensory perceptions quickly became overwhelmed by the beauty, and I shifted into a state of constant awe and wonder for the entire day as my brain filled with creative new ideas.
The desert will never be the same for me.
The rain was so good this year that they say it reached seeds that have been dormant for 30 years—and they’re all blooming now. If you can, go enjoy this celebration of the resiliency of life. The sheer joy of the Superbloom will leave you filled with hope, creativity and energy.
My favorite spot for flowers: follow the dirt road off Henderson Canyon Road into the lemon grove all the way back to the end of the canyon. Also, sunrise or moonrise at Font’s Point is not to be missed. Not for the flowers, but for the incredible view of the badlands.
Huge thank you to Escape Campervans for providing that van that made this last minute adventure possible! Their artistic campervans come with a full kitchen, bed, and table—everything you need for your adventuring.
We went a few weeks ago to Anza Borrego State Park but apparently we were a week and a half too early. Although the entire desert was greener than I’ve ever seen it, we missed the one canyon that actually had flowers. I did find those massive flowers here in San Diego though. I’m thinking to take the kids this Saturday 🙂 I’ll send you more if we make it!
Here’s proof that you don’t have to go all the way to Anza-Borrego… These shots are from Point Dume in Malibu when we stayed at the Zuma Sanctuary the weekend of March 11.
Of course this list doesn’t nearly include all of the best photos out there, though we think it’s a great start. Do you have amazing photos from the 2017 #superbloom? Email them to hello@hipcamp. We’d love to update the post to include you!
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