Borrego Fest 2018 - Trip and Run Reports

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Borrego Fest 2018 - Trip and Run Reports


Post by DaveK » Tue Oct 09, 2018 1:01 pm


Borrego Fest 2018 was, without doubt, the very best yet, and for a lot of good reasons. We have opened up this thread for everyone's comments and pictures. Coincidentally, this will turn out to be the preview for this weeks Net.

Borrego Fest is a group event, and one of the many ways we are able to make improvements every year is by soliciting comments and suggestions from those who attended.

We would like comments and pictures from all who attended, but we would particularly appreciate it if you would also join us on the net.

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Re: Borrego Fest 2018 - Mine Tour Run Report


Post by KK6DYO » Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:24 am

Dave led us on a mine tour of a few Julian area mines. He started by providing us with copies of a book which provides a wealth of information on the many mines in the area.
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We left Stagecoach Trails at 8:40am, making the first mine about 20 minutes later. We were met by the owner of the land where the mine resides. I'm always fascinated by the mechanical devices made well before Computer Numerical Control machining was available, and the five-stamp mill was impressive. Here's the owner standing near the mill.
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Here's a view of the land from the mine overburden (new word I learned), including the stamp mill in the foreground.
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Traveling toward the next mine, we were halted by a parade of 68 Jeeps from the San Diego Jeep Club Oriflamme Trail Run.

The next mine required a bit of spryness which in my case has sprung, so I waited while the more dexterous folks scaled the cliff face with the help of an old cable. Dave is at the top providing direction and encouragement.
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Here's Dave about to enter the next mine, one of the most developed local mines that I've ever seen.
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A well timbered drift. Not sure if "LATRINE" was a joke or not; there was no olfactory evidence of this.
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A little tight is some areas, but probably shows how hard the rock is.
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Where the rock was less hard, timbers provided support. Dave's inspecting an ore chute.
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The end of the main mine tunnel about 150 yards in.
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Video taken while walking out of the mine:
Video of exiting the mine

Safely outside.
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We returned to Stagecoach Trails at 2:15 pm, in time for a short old guy nap before Linda's wine tasting event. We were happy to see the land owner who hosted our first tour showing up for this event at Dave's invitation.
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Saturday night got a little windy, but we slept soundly with earplugs. Video link:
Windy Night at Stagecoach Trails

A Sunday morning panorama of the campground.
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As if any event organized by Dave doesn't provide sufficient opportunities for wine consumption, we couldn't resist coming back home through the Temecula Valley. However, nothing we tasted was comparable to Linda's selections for the camp event.
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My first Borregofest was great fun, and nice to see OAUSAers who I met this year at the Summer Fest / Field Day!
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Re: Borrego Fest 2018 - Trip and Run Reports


Post by toms » Wed Oct 10, 2018 4:55 pm

Trail Run

Carrizo Mountain and Mortero Wash

6 Vehicles and 9 people made the trip to Carrizo Mountain. We returned by 4 p with no problems.

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This trail travels through Painted Gorge, which gets its name from the colored sections of sandstone blocks within the canyon. Metallic oxides and sulfides have introduced red, blue, and green staining to parts of the narrow gorge. Fossilized remains of marine life can also be found in this area.

At the end of the trail, Carrizo Mountain sits high above the colorful shapes of the Carrizo Badlands at the edge of the Coyote Mountains and offers rewarding views over Carrizo Wash. The wash is closed to the public, having been once used as a military target-practice zone. In the late 1850's, Butterfield Overland stagecoaches traveled along the wash far below, carrying mail and passengers on a difficult route from St. Louis to San Francisco.

Carrizo is a Spanish word meaning "reed grass." This reed was found to give a sweet taste to the water found in its vicinity. Native Americans used the reed as a sweetener.

Camp Site - Wine tasting - Pot Luck

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Re: Borrego Fest 2018 - Trip and Run Reports


Post by brentbba » Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:47 am

I have a request for the tri tip recipe please! :D :D :D

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Re: Borrego Fest 2018 - Trip and Run Reports


Post by Voodoo Blue 57 » Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:42 am

Carrizo Mountain and Mortero Wash Trip Report

We had a great trip and saw some of Anza Borrego's beautiful country.

Here are a couple of additional pictures from our trip (See Tom's report above). Unfortunately I won't be able to be on the Net tonight.

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This campsite photo can be an advertisement for Springbar tents. I count 4.

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Re: Borrego Fest 2018 - Trip and Run Reports


Post by KAP » Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:05 am

My family and I had a fantastic time this year and what a great venue. The campground and our group site in particular
had everything you could want.
This campground makes a perfect base camp for many desert adventures and has all the amenities one could hope for.
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Post by Diesel4x » Thu Oct 11, 2018 12:02 pm

Thanks for early check in KF6KOC, Randy

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Post by GaryFranks » Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:31 pm

If you would like a larger version of any photo, let me know.

Sunrise at the campsite, viewed through the trailer door.
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Ready to roll.
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On the trail to Carrizo Mountain
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Re: Borrego Fest 2018 - Trip and Run Reports


Post by JackM-KK6WXQ » Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:14 pm

Hi all,

Please check us in for tonight's net.

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