After leaving The Bay of L.A. we headed down more back roads towards Misión San Francisco de Borja. The desert landscape was verdantly dense with varying cacti and boojum. The boojum is one of the more unique looking plants I’ve seen and looks like an upside-down spiked green carrot – sometimes with a yellow bloom on the top.
A few hours later we arrived at the mission and were greeted by the dogs first (as usual.) There are only a few people out here and one guy pushing a wheelbarrow stopped to talk and gave us quick tour of the church. There are still services here every Sunday, but I can’t imagine where people come from to attend.
There’s a small hot springs here too, but we decided to bag it and head back down the long road to the main highway. We immediately made a wrong turn (no signs out here) and ended up in some sort of bone yard. Cow skulls and fat vultures everywhere. Fortunately, we could still see the mission and headed back and corrected our course. The roads were an occasional challenge, but a few hours later we were back to sweet sweet asphalt.