|Self Realization Fellowship Garden Path|
From there we drove by the stunning Flower Fields in Carlsbad, which were, in mid-April, still brilliantly in bloom with over 50 acres of ranunculus flowers planted on a hillside in stripes of color.
|Fields of Ranunculus Flowers in California |
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|Raptor Identification at Overlook|
The day we traveled, the beaches and inland valleys were covered in "morning low clouds," that we didn't outrun until well into the mountain region. That meant that a side drive up to the Palomar Mountain Observatory was socked in, so, we motored on to the scenic raptor overlook near Lake Henshaw, where we finally left the marine layer behind. It's a spectacular viewing spot to watch hawks, golden eagles, and turkey vultures soaring over the great bowl valley on the edge of the Cleveland National Forest.
|View of Lake Henshaw|
|View Point on Descent to Desert|
|Kay Greets the Desert|
|Cactus in Bloom|
We saw the occasional rabbit, woodpecker, and squirrel, but it wasn't until we were making our way back to the car that Kay spotted the coyote that had been undoubtedly watching us. It scampered up the rock-fall hill and posed right in front of its den, with mama coyote ducking her head out to say hello as well.
|Into the Light, Borrego Springs|
Our trip home was a bit dicey, with the low marine layer clouds enveloping the twisty mountain roads all the way back from the desert to suburban San Diego. A few wrong turns didn't help. There's a tricky zigzag in the state route S2 that didn't appear in the directions, and we had lost time.
|Marine Layer Clouds Enveloping the Mountains|
|Full Moon in the Desert|