(not one but) two opportunities

We live on the road and are each other’s companions. The norm for us is to just have that one other person to talk with and share adventures. It’s not the ideal, but that’s just how traveling and living on the road is.

Every once in awhile, we cross paths with people we really connect with. Our circle widens for a short time. As we prepare to leave for our next destination, we sadly say our goodbyes but know we’ll still be friends even after we part ways.

We made so many new friends in our month in Palm Springs. When we left, we reconciled ourselves to shifting back into being each other’s only companion. But then, a chance meeting at the swimming pool of our inn at Borrego Springs led to meeting new friends, Liz and Steve, from Sandpoint, Idaho. We had so much in common that we continued our conversation over a lunch that included their friends, Marty and Bob.

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Bob suggested we all do a hike together on an unmapped trail he knew in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. As soon as we started walking the desert apricot appeared. Without the abundant blooms, would we have even noticed it?

None of us knew the names of many plants we saw – including these flowers on the desert floor.

None of us knew the names of many plants we saw – including these flowers on the desert floor.

Bob pointed to an abandoned bee hive about 20’ off the ground, clinging to the rock face. We don’t think of bees in the desert, so were quite surprised to read there are almost 1,000 different species of bees in the Sonoran desert.

Bob pointed to an abandoned bee hive about 20’ off the ground, clinging to the rock face. We don’t think of bees in the desert, so were quite surprised to read there are almost 1,000 different species of bees in the Sonoran desert.

Liz and Steve stayed on the trail, a scoop-shaped rock surface.

Liz and Steve stayed on the trail, a scoop-shaped rock surface.

We knew the trail we hiked on was a dry river bed most of the year.   We weren’t surprised to see a few small puddles of water and mud after all the recent rain. What did surprise us – in the desert environment - was a large rock wall covered with a variety of mosses.

We knew the trail we hiked on was a dry river bed most of the year.   We weren’t surprised to see a few small puddles of water and mud after all the recent rain. What did surprise us – in the desert environment – was a large rock wall covered with a variety of mosses.

Nearby was a tiny bit of moss (or is it lichen?) on the path.

Nearby was a tiny bit of moss (or is it lichen?) on the path.

We steadily climbed up the riverbed path, over and around boulders. As we gained elevation, the landscape changed. We entered a more open area with large rocks scattered through the grasses. Bob announced we had arrived.

He showed us these two morteros (bedrock mortar sites) where food was ground by Kumeyaay or Cahuilla Indians. A quick look and our friends discovered at least ten more morteros nearby.

He showed us these two morteros (bedrock mortar sites) where food was ground by Kumeyaay or Cahuilla Indians. A quick look and our friends discovered at least ten more morteros nearby.

Time for a drink and a snack. One of the morteros provided a good drinking bowl for Bear.

Time for a drink and a snack. One of the morteros provided a good drinking bowl for Bear.

When we arrived back to our vehicles at the end of the hike, Liz dashed into their RV and served all of us bowls of ice cream to celebrate the lovely day.

What a remarkable opportunity to make new friends in Borrego Springs. And it only got better when we hiked together at Anza-Borrego.

 

February 2017

 

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Beth and Joe enjoy simple travel.
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4 Responses to (not one but) two opportunities

  1. Great post, moss in the desert, and I though we had a monopoly on moss!

  2. here’s to many more such encounters 🙂

  3. It’s exciting to meet kindred spirits who share your passions. How nice to spend the day with new friends in such a beautiful place.

  4. icelandpenny says:

    The joy of sharing, on many levels

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