Anza-Borrego 101: How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Cholla

Date: 
Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Speaker: Scott Turner, Co-Author of the 5th Edition of Afoot and Afield in San Diego County
Free and Open to the Public
Time: Happy Half Hour at 6:30 p.m.; Presentation starts at 7 p.m.

Location: Adventure 16 San Diego Store

Adventure 16 San Diego
4620 Alvarado Canyon Rd.
San Diego, CA 92120
(619) 283-2374

At a casual glance, much of Anza-Borrego Desert appears lifeless, hostile, and forbidding. Many hikers expecting to find only sand and vindictive, razor-sharp plants avoid the region based primarily on this perception, along with other fears about the hazards of desert hiking. In stark contrast to these assumptions, Anza-Borrego - far from being a lifeless void - hides countless secrets, ranging from secluded watering holes, diverse wildlife and botany, and scenes of sublime, austere beauty that generations of initiated hikers have come to love and admire.

Scott Turner, co-author of the upcoming 5th edition of Afoot and Afield in San Diego County was no stranger to these assumptions prior to his immersion in the wonders of Anza-Borrego. Today, through a process of trial-and-error, discovery, and classic love story, he has developed a deep, evangelical love for a region that once seemed foreign and hostile.

Join him for a discussion on the story of how he came to assume stewardship of Jerry Schad's classic hiking guide, how his attitude evolved from apprehension to affection, and how he, like so many others passionate about Anza-Borrego, learned to stop worrying and love the cholla

This presentation is part 2 of the 6-part series called Anza-Borrego 101, a partnership between Adventure 16 San Diego, Anza-Borrego Foundation and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Join us in our explorations of all things Anza-Borrego!