Ancient Ones

This Thanksgiving, I’m going to do something a bit different.

From now until the end of November, I’m going to share with you some of my favorite landscapes, a little bit about their heritage and the people whose traditional lands they belong to.


I absolutely love California State Park, Anza-Borrego. Anza-Borrego is the home to the Cahuilla and Kumeyaay people. Throughout the desert you will not only find art in the landscapes vividly colored by the setting sun, but you may also find rock paintings and clay pots among the cliffs of the park.

Unlike many other parks and archeological sites, when an artifact is found, Anza-Borrego notifies the local tribes.

The policy is to leave things as they were found, as recommended by the indigenous leaders: “That’s where they belong. That’s where they were left by the ancients ones.”

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