Saturday morning I filled half a dozen water bottles with ice and water and then loaded them into the car; along with hiking boots, a jacket, a couple of hats, and a camera. After stopping for gas and air I headed east on the 8 to La Mesa to pick up Steve and Jeff. They brought along a picnic lunch, snacks, and more water. Back in the car we continued east on the 8, then north on the 79, pausing to put the top down to enjoy the bright, sunny, scenic drive. We made a pit stop at Lake Cuyamaca, which had the most water in it we'd seen, and a brief stop in Julian to buy an apple pie. Once we got to the Visitors Center in Borrego Springs we found a nice shady spot and enjoyed Steve's wonderful ham & cheese sandwiches and homemade potato salad.