Our return from San Diego took us on another of our auto tours. We headed east on Interstate 8 leaving at first light. Once past Alpine we had an empty highway which gave us time to stop here and there for photos and to admire a wild scene of rock mountains that extended to distant horizons. At Ocotilo Wells we left the Interstate for S2 whch would lead us to Borrego Springs and our destination, Anza Borrego Desert State Park.
This State Park is the second largest in area in the U.S. On S2 we were checked at a Border Patrol station, chatted with three agents who looked into the trunk of my car and then passed me on. So far I had not seen a single other car but did sight a southwestern desert fox, the first I have ever seen in the wild. I stopped my car and watched till he finally loped off in the brush.
Next I saw three coyotes and again stopped to admire this family, since I believed it was a mother and her two almost grown pups. Again a first since previously I have never seen more than one coyote at a time.
Our drive was at a leisurely pace with stops to look at signs hinting of exciting adventures: Indian Gorge, Well of 8 Echoes and Box canyon to name a few.
We also watched a road runner skip across the road in front of us, seemingly from a long ago cartoon.
Our visit to the State Park will be told in a future Vittles story. This day we moved on past the Salton Sea and finally onto Interstate 10 for home.