Today I went to Borrego Springs to do my annual New Year’s hike up Palm Canyon. Every year I take a picture of a little palm grove from the exact same spot. If you want to read up about some more history and see older pictures, this post gives you a few links.
This year, I took the picture with myself in it for scale:
After taking this picture, I hiked up to the oasis.
After many decades of growing, some idiot kids burned it down in 2019. All that remained were the charred stumps Fortunately, nature is resourceful and pretty much all the trees came back. With the “skirts” all gone, and the underbrush completely burned away, there is now a thicket of greenery on the bottom.
The forest service is also keeping people out of the grove itself to give it a chance to recover.
I have done this hike on New Year’s Day or the days after for decades now. But it’s special ever year.