My daughter Lara is visiting and taking a break from working on her dissertation and PhD program in physiology to play with me for several days. We got up at the crack of dawn and were the first car signing in to hike Borrego Palm Canyon. The sun was just starting to rise as the moon set in the west. You would not believe what a week makes in terms of the brittle brush and other blooming plants. It appears that most every plant is blooming now and I have never seen so many visitors to Anza Borrego Desert State Park. I am proud of where I live. Park Rangers are assisting the crowds of people that have descended on our tiny community and helping them to experience optimal fun while enjoying the desert safely. Lara and I had a wonderful hike and made it to the oasis. The temperature was mild and the lower portion of the hike shaded from the sun. We did not see any sheep on this hike but I know they were all around enjoying the beautiful day.