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Quartzsite January 13 - February 17, 2015

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Our tenth January trip to Quartzsite in 12 years, followed by travels in Southern California.
As has been true most years, I took a group up to the top of "Q Mountain" to enjoy the view. Much easier for me this year on my new ankle replacement!
A view of the Blue Bird parking area from a few hundred yards to the south.
Jim and Chris Guld (GeeksOnTour) came out for a visit and Jim brought his Quadcopter along. My edit out of about a half hour of video is below.
After a week of good food and visiting friends we moved into town for a few days, and did a few hikes and some geocaching. I took this picture on a walk west of town. The big show tent can be seen, and to the right is Q Mountain. Our car can be seen just in the foreground of the shoulder of the hill, for perspective.
We needed to kill a couple of weeks before a followup appointment with my surgeon in mid February, so we decided to head over to San Diego. Since neither of us had ever been to the Salto Sea we stopped for a few days there. It is a "different" sort of place!
While geocaching near the RV park in Salton City I turned over a rock and exposed this little banded gecko.
We did a day trip up through the badlands to Borrego Springs, where we had lunch at a table in the Christmas Circle then geocached north of town among the iron sculptures. There are many web resources for these sculptures, but here is one link: Anza Borrego Desert Natural History Association Below are a few of my pictures.
After our stay at Salton Sea, we spent a week at Santee Lakes, Northwest of San Diego. I gave my new ankle a workout by climbing Cowles Mountain, which is about 900 feet in a bit over 1.5 miles.

The shot of Santee Lakes is extreme telephoto, a couple of miles. The RV park can be seen partially at the lower left of the photo.
On top of Cowles Mountain
On top of Cowles Mountain
A view of Santee Lakes from Cowles Mountain
A view of Santee Lakes from Cowles Mountain
Point Loma Lighthouse
Point Loma Lighthouse
We spent one day driving around the various sights of San Diego, including Point Loma and the Cabrillo Monument, as well as a drive-by of the Hotel del Coronado.
Cabrillo Monument
Cabrillo Monument
Hotel del Cornado
Hotel del Cornado

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