This weekend, the Koenig cousins are all getting together and we’ll get Kumeyaay names. Mine is both a name and a goal: Avonaco. This means a “lean bear” who loves to travel, so if I hike & swim enough, I can wear this name, proudly! lol! #borregosprings#anza#kumeyaay#hiking#desert
@polaroid_paulina_ Making a good swing at @borregospringsresort 🏌🏾♂️⛳️ She went on to make par! 🤘 I cant say this enough; I am so proud of Paulina. She is only a couple years into a brand new sport and is so determined to get better. Inspires me to work harder in everything I do. ♥️
The wind was absolutely insane (20-30mph) but the course was in perf condition. We played 2 rounds for an overnight stay n play. Can’t wait to go back, hopefully they find new owners and stay in operation. 🤗🙏🔥⛳️🏌🏾♂️👻
ROUND 1 - 89 (25mph wind)
ROUND 2 - 79 ( 15mph wind)
Played Blue Tees - Par 69
What a difference knowing a few spots and having 10mph less wind can do for a card! Haha. 👀 #callawayapex#socalgolf#socalgolfing#ghin#scga#borregosprings#golflife
When I was little, I felt lonely in the desert. Scared. I couldn’t handle the silent rocks, whipping wind, no trees. “Dad, I hate that everything is brown and ugly,” I told him many times. “But Leah, look at all the different colors of brown,” said Dad.
He camped in the desert often. He taught me to always bring water, a tarp, a whistle, a knife. Every trip, we hiked. Sometimes he brought carabiners and rope, and we kids rappeled down rocks.
Even me, even little Leah did.
Every time I go to Anza, I think of Dad. His spirit is all over, appreciating and encouraging me. It’s not lonely. I feel safe with those mountains around me, like a hug. I feel Dad, loving me.
I do stupid stuff like talk to him. I say, “OMG Dad how amazing is this rock, it has like 20 colors in it, can you imagine the heat and pressure and weather that made it that way?? It’s so beautiful, I can’t even.” Because no one but Wright feels this way about nature, because we both came from Fred, because it’s just me speaking to an imaginary ghost.
We talk about how the desert got to be the desert and all the fossils of the animals, and the awe-inspiring rock layers. (Dad gets it now, that he was right about the Big Bang, et al) I can only talk to Wright about evolution, and my Dad-ghost.
When I’m not talking to him, it’s god & my angels. Myself. All the little bugs, animals, plants, the singing mountains. And oh yes, the stops for directions from locals and my favorite Mexican cantina. ... Here at home, the noise of suburbia, the never-ending neediness of children overwhelm me often. I can’t hear my own thoughts. I feel not loved, just needed. Not seen, judged. Always on display or hiding away underneath my hats. Inside, my heart is as lonely as I used to feel around brown rocks all those years ago. ... So I go out there to be in the company of other simple, deeply feeling beings. My heart becomes full again. I can breathe deeply, smile genuinely.
Not alone, I’m never alone in the desert.
***Let’s get down to where the rubber meets the road*** ...err, where the stars meet the road and so does the rubber
Last Saturday night, while waiting for the MW core to rise, my friend, Kevin Key-@slworking, and I decided to shoot for some star trails over the road in Borrego Springs. The rubber did meet the road, a few cars went 'streaking' by and then disappearing as the road dipped down. Too bad we could not park our cameras in the middle of the street, hah, both of us would have been road kill, yikes!
“Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground. It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves. A sky as pure as water bathed the stars and brought them out. For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.”
On Saturday night (April 27, 2019), a friend, @slworking and I reached this spot thanks to my friends adept driving in an area requiring a 4WD vehicle and knowledge of the terrain.
While waiting for the Milky Way core to rise way above the horizon and the cloud bank as well as over the ‘badlands’ of the Anza Borrego Desert State Park, we decided to take advantage of this awesome terrain with all kinds of formations and crevices/winding/narrow tracks between the huge mounds of the earth. It helped that we were able to point our cameras north to include Polaris in the center of our image.
This single image was created by stacking 52 images, shot with my Nikon d750, Tamron 10-24/f3.5-4.5 DX lens, each frame 60 sec. f4.0, ISO 1600, at 16mm focal length. Images ‘stacked’ using Starstax and edited in Lightroom. One frame was shot by lighting the foreground.
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