Flowergeddon in Southern California
Seems the rains we had during the winter are causing a bit of a problem.
We are all thankful for the improvement on the drought situation and reservoirs that are now more normal, plus loosening up on the water restrictions in many communities. There were some issues with flooding and landslides but now there is another issue…
It seems that all the rain has caused a superbloom of wildflowers in many areas, especially in the Anza Borrego Desert, which only happens about once every decade or so. The small town of Anza Borrego has been particularly hard hit, although it’s not the only area with tons of flowers blooming.
Cactus and Flowers in Carlsbad - No Flowergeddon here!
The result? An massive influx of tourists causing huge traffic jams for hours, restaurants running out of food, and issues with insufficient restrooms – the news report I saw talked about additional police needed to manage the traffic and lots of port-a-potties being brought in.
We talked about making a trip to the desert to see the fields of poppies and other wildflowers, about 2 hours away, but decided it was not worth dealing with the crowds. We’ve noticed that there are far more flowers blooming in the fields, mostly yellow, than we typically see, too.
You can see some photos and read more about Flowergeddon here!