Although I haven’t seen any reports yet, the Blair valleys south of Borrego Springs might be a good place to look for flowers — and avoid “flowergeddon.”

The roads — especially the Montezuma Valley Road (Highway S-22) route — have been clogged as it seems all of Southern California is heading out to see what’s being called a super bloom.

Locals are calling the crush “flowergeddon.” The bar at Carley’s Place must be five deep.

“This will be a “rolling bloom”; different areas, different species, different elevations, as things come into bloom; cacti, shrubs, ocotillo are not in bloom yet,” according to a post on the Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association website (which crashed a few days ago because of all the traffic).

“The ‘Ocotillo forest’ area along Borrego Springs Road, south of Tilting T, will be spectacular when it comes into bloom, easily viewed from the roadside and that will likely happen in the next week,” said the post from March 15. “The entire area is very green. It’s also important to know that the best flower viewing is in the morning. Many flowers close up during the heat of the day.”

One of those places that’s yet to bloom — or at least have any posts about blooming — are the Blair valleys, south of Borrego Springs. One of the chapters in Joyrides Around San Diego is a trip through Little Blair Valley and Blair Valley; it’s available in print, or download the chapter directly as an Amazon Kindle book. The great thing for you, if you’re a Kindle Unlimited member, is that the Kindle version is free!

Get a look at what you’ll see in my 2015 video. A lot of this is now green.

I’ll be highlighting the route through the Blair valleys over on Facebook and Instagram over the next few days. It’s one swell San Diego day trip.


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