Photo by Mary Berube ’80

A contingent of BC Alumni San Diego ventured out to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Saturday, joining many thousands of visitors seeking to view perhaps the richest display of desert wildflowers there this century.

The Park is about 90 miles northeast of downtown San Diego. It is California’s largest state park, covering more than 600,000 acres. Rainfall in California this winter season has been the most voluminous in several years, leading to the extensive flowering in areas that have seen little in recent years.

Photo by Jania Andreotti ’85

The BCSD group split up into two groups, based on time of arrival. Both groups sought to visit Henderson Canyon, with wide fields of flowers, as seen above, and Mine Wash, in the southern section of the Park. One group made it to both. The other couldn’t find Mine Wash and, instead, visited Cactus Loop Trail. Both groups made the original lunchtime rendezvous at Carlee’s in Borrego Springs.

Seated, l-r: Bill McDonald ’68, Mike Scott, Mary Ann Scott ’75, Lissa Tsu ’00, Brian Tsu ’00; standing, l-r: Mary Berube ’80, Ray Berube ’78, Jania Andreotti ’85, Pat Ahern ’11, Meryl Evangelista.

The video below has scenes┬ámostly from Henderson Canyon and Cactus Loop Trail, including photos by Lissa Tsu ’80. There are also photos of Henderson Canyon and Mine Wash from Mary Berube ’80 and Jania Andreotti ’85.

Last year, another contingent saw desert wildflowers and then went to Eagle Rock in nearby Warner Springs. Automobile access, which was available then, is no longer possible. Eagle Rock is, however, accessible on the Pacific Crest Trail. BCSD is considering a hike to Eagle Rock from Warner Springs, a round trip of 6.4 miles. Look for details in coming weeks.