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Thank you to all for the large interest in the Anza Borrego campout, the park rangers have requested that we adjust the campout to accommodate our large group. Instead of backpacking we will car camp in an area navigable by the Troop 355 Honda Odysseys and similar vehicles. The new trip will feature the beauty of the Anza Borrego Desert, a 2.5 hour excursion on retired Army M35 deuce and a half cargo trucks deep into the Borrego Badlands (pictured above), primitive camping, and hiking. This trip also offers Friday night camping (optional), First Class and Cooking Merit Badge cooking opportunities, a short hike to an ancient Native American village area, and an early Sunday morning departure.
We will camp in the Blair Valley Primitive Camp adjacent to highway S-2, 30 miles south of Borrego Springs. The cost of the new trip is $50, entirely for the truck tour. Each patrol will plan and purchase its own food, water and firewood. Here is the new schedule for Saturday February 8:
9 am Badlands Tour
Noon Set Up Camp
2 pm Easy 3 mile hike
10 am Set Up Camp
Noon Badlands Tour
3pm Easy 3 mile hike
We will depart no later than 9 am on Sunday February 9.
The Anza Borrego Desert is located 150 miles and 3.5 hours from San Marino. To get there, head south on I15, exit at Temecula, and follow Highway 79 through Warner Springs to Borrego Springs (directions will follow). We have 70 spots and 65 are taken so far. Please check the updated list (attached) if you already signed up to confirm your reservation. Please confirm with me that you are still planning on attending this trip given the itinerary change. Also let me know if you did not sign-up and would like to go.
Checks and release forms (attached) can be dropped off at the troop meeting tonight or dropped by house no later than this Friday, February 3. Please select Tour A or B and indicate if you are camping on Friday night. Tour times will be assigned on a first come first served basis. Release forms will not be accepted via email. Campers bring a sack lunch (for Saturday), trail snacks of 400 calories (for the Saturday hike), 1 liter of water, and money for a IN-N-Out lunch on the trip home.
Lastly, since this is very short notice we will NOT be able to do our regular car camping meal planning at the Troop meeting this evening. Mr. Shwery will send out a revised roster with a list of Crews and Crew Leaders by end of the day this Saturday the 1st. It will be the responsibility of the Crew Leader to be in contact with his Crew to identify the food, water, firewood, supplies that you need to bring.
My address is:
1390 S Marengo Ave
Pasadena, CA 91106
The tour meeting place in Anza Borrego is:
1233 Palm Canyon Drive
Borrego Springs, CA 92004
Please contact me with any questions.