I joined the San Diego Trail Tramps on Saturday for the group's first hike of the year. This one took us the Mountain Palm Springs area of the Anza Borrego Desert State Park.
Scenes like the one above looked as though they had jumped off a plein air canvas.
The hike area was about 1.5 hours east of San Diego.
Here's Tim and some of the other guys descending to one of the five palm oases that we visited.
The ocotillos were in full greenery and almost ready to bloom thanks to the storms that saturated most of Southern California last month.