I’ve wanted to hike Potato Chip Rock for years and a few weeks ago I finally conquered it. My brother was coming to visit and we wanted to do a simple one night camping trip. By the time we booked, most of the more popular camping spots were taken, so we chose one of the few spots left Southern California at William Heise Regional Park. From the reviews I assumed it was going to be more crowded and full of families. After all, it boasts a playground and year round cabins. I was pleasantly surprised with the isolated, wooded sites and miles of hiking trails overlooking the Anza Borrego Dessert. Sure, we could see a couple of fancy houses on the hills surrounding the park, but overall it was a great spot for summer camping.
After a night of camping, we headed over to our destination. My brother had Googled photos of Potato Chip Rock for ideas on how we should stage our picture. If you look it up, you’ll see all kinds of creative ideas, from rock climbers hanging off the edge, to yoga poses, to groups that have set up a fancy tea party on the rock. We weren’t prepared for the long line of photo takers and by the time we got up there (and I overcame my fear of the short jump to the rock), we didn’t have a lot of time for creativity.
By all rights, this should be a Photo Adventure, but it’s not. Mostly because i was too caught up in the actual hiking to stop and snap pictures. Partly because I didn’t bring a camera and my phone was dying. Because of that, you only get one. Just one picture, achieved after an hour wait in line and a four-mile hike straight up in the heat. But boy was it worth it.