Update on pot growers next to PCT

After a large drug enforcement operation nearby 10 days ago, I had my first opportunity to take a close-up look (from the PCT, of course) of the area. It is so sad, seeing what the pot growers have done (and continue to do) to the segment of this wonderful trail in Anza. While the plants and the pot growers were gone (well, not quite — they were there removing appliances from one of their RVs while I watched from the trail), the RVs and grow houses still stand next to the trail. The plastic has been partially pulled away and is starting to break away from the frames. Soon enough, it will break totally free and become yet more trash that the pot growers have “contributed” to the area.

Here are a few pictures of what remains:

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Our local paper, the Anza Valley Outlook, had a nice news story and op-ed about the bust and what the pot growers are doing to the area.

It is hard for me to write a post only about the ugliness that morally ugly people are bringing to the area, so I will close this post with a couple images I shot on the same day from our little piece of the PCT.

wasp gall on a scrub oak, just after a gentle rain
wasp gall on a scrub oak, just after a gentle rain

PCT mile 141, looking southeast into Borrego Valley
PCT mile 141, looking southeast into Borrego Valley
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