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Spring in the Desert

For a Northwesterner, getting away from the late winter rains can be a requirement for continued sound mental health.

My work as a Communications Expert (?) with the Olympic Region Clean Air Agency provided the perfect opportunity for me to escape south into the sunshine this month. The annual National Air Quality Conference (NAQC) – hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA) – was held in San Diego last week. For the 6th straight year, I was invited to present at the conference, this time instructing my communications colleagues on the importance of utilizing Social Media / New Media tools such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and agency blogging platforms in their outreach plans.

Despite my having to endure several days in hotel conference rooms, I did enjoy the four day event and I think I persuade some of my national colleagues to join me in the online world of communications.

But more importantly, at least in terms of my mental health, I was able to escape the confines of the city at the conclusion of the conference and spend some quality time exploring the deserts to the east. Specifically, the Anza Borrego Desert State Park. Donna joined me for the adventures, and thanks to the rains that plagued me in San Diego early in the week, the desert was awash in wildlflower blooms by the time we arrived there on Friday.

Below you’ll see some of the wonderful country we found in the canyons west of Borrego Springs and southeast of Earthquake Valley.

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