Abandoned Trains and Desert Wildflowers

      We love sharing photos of our foraging adventures. But when we go looking for plants we also stop along the way at interesting sites. I know most people follow our instagram for herb-y photos and plant related things but thats not 100% what we are about. It is our main focus of course, even in my personal life but we want to share some other photos as well so you get a sort of sneak peek of what its like on our adventures. When I look at other brands, makers and long distance friends, I love seeing what they do in their free time, the more personal stuff that gives you a hint of something more than just perfect scenes of infusing herbs into oil or making hydrosols. Now don't quote me on this, but we are trying to get a monthly, bi weekly maybe vlog style video of our adventures. It would be a lot of beautiful landscapes of southern california, the plants we forage for, and maybe even a glimpse of what we do with those plants once they enter the studio. Its been awhile since I have edited a video but I am going to attempt! Be on the lookout for those soon!

   We love exploring abandoned places. There is something about stepping back in time and seeing a relic from days past that just makes me so happy. And an abandoned train? Even better. I swear I must have been a train conductor in a past life, theres just some weird magical force that attracts me to trains. I realize now after posting a photo on instagram that trains just may not be everyones cup of tea but I just love looking at them. We have gone rockhounding in this area many times, and never knew there was an abandoned train station along with 10 or so train cars. There is also a pretty well known hot springs down the street which is a bonus!

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     Our second stop and main destination was Anza Borrego. I used to come here all the time but haven't been here in many years as we have been exploring different parts of the desert lately. This is around the time wildflowers begin to bloom and with all the crazy rain we have had this year they are predicting one of the biggest blooms in quite a few years. We saw lots of popcorn flowers, sand verbena, apricot mallow, creosote bush, brittle bush, brown-eyed primes and dune evening primrose. Most of these flowers lay low to the ground so when you look out into the desert you see patches of white and purple dotting the sand. We also lots of ocotillo, blue palo verde, and desert willow, ironwood and smoke tree but very few were blooming. We were told next week should have a lot more flowers but we caught quite a few in coyote canyon if you are heading out there!