I have taken to hiking Palm Canyon in the Anza Borrego Desert every year right after New Year. I skipped last year, however.
On January 3, 2010, I noticed a brand new stand of palm trees developing. I took a picture and marked the spot (click to enlarge):
When I came back this year on January 7, 2012, here is the identical view:
I am looking forward to checking in next year.