2013 - Jan 12-13 » Ranchita Mine, Blair Valley, Shake, Quake

     It’d been a long 11 days since I’d been to Anza Borrego, so another trip was in order :) . This time I traveled out with Eris, and we had several things on the menu. We stopped off first in Banner for a quick hike to see an old 5-stamp mill near the center of an old gold mining district, not a soul around. Afterwards, we rode 2-up on my Suzuki DR650 down towards Ocotillo, admiring the scenery along the beautiful S2. We had a very cold night camped in Blair Valley (patchy snow on the ground from the previous week! – coldest weekend in SD since 2007), and hiked the Quake and Shake benchmarks on Sunday morning. We hopped back on the motorcycle heading north towards Borrego Springs on Sunday afternoon before the short drive home...

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