Archive for March, 2014

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Today’s photo was taken from Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve in San Diego, California.

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Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

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Today I visited Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve in San Diego County, California.  Despite the fact the beaches were nearly empty of people, the hiking trails here are so popular that the parking lots were all nearly full – and it’s a Monday!

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The beachside cliffs were the most interesting feature of the hike.  Although there weren’t that many braving the waters, I was surprised how many people were going into the water despite it being a relatively cool day.

 

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The park affords scenic overlooks of the Pacific Ocean.  I really didn’t see any wildlife, too many people here I suppose.

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Torrey Pines is also a National Natural Landmark, although the namesake pines really aren’t all that abundant in the park.

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I wish it had been just a little warmer, but really one of the most enjoyable beach parks I’ve ever visited.

 


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San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park

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I spent the afternoon doing some sightseeing in and around the San Pasqual Battlefield State Park in San Diego County, California.  The battle took place on the rainy December 6th, 1846.  The battle took place during the U.S. – Mexican War which ultimately led to California becoming a part of the United States.   The battle actually took place in the meadow across from the state park and was a victory for the Mexican Californios.  The rainy weather proved to be a detriment for the Americans because their gunpowder got wet which was no issue for the lances the Mexicans were equipped with.

 

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The state park does contain a couple of monuments to the battle as well as some archeological artifacts.  The rock art indentations in the middle photo are difficult to see but more easily in the picture on the right.

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I then left the state park and drove to nearby Mule Hill Historic Trail, just outside of Escondido.  After the battle of December 6th, the American forces withdrew to Mule Hill (pictured on left) where they stayed under siege of the Californios until the morning of December 11th at which time additional American troops arrived leading the Californios to flee.  The Sikes Abode Historic Farmstead was built near the site in 1870 is one of the last remaining adobes in the region.

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On the recommendation of the park ranger at the state park, I visited Kit Carson Park and Queen Califa’s Magical Circle.  Unfortunately the circle was gated, locked and guarded, so I could not go inside.

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But I was able to stick my camera inside the fence and take a couple of photos of the queen.  Not sure what the story is behind Califa or the serpent that lives near the picnic area.

 


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Today’s photo was taken from the Cleveland National Forest, near the Cutca Trail trailhead in San Diego County, California.

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Cutca Trail

Today I took a hike along the Cutca Trail in the Cleveland National Forest in San Diego County, California.

The trail included some quite varied landscape.  At times it seemed like hiking through a semi desert environment while getting a sunburn…..

only to change to a lush verdant landscape complete with dew on the grass at 2:30 p.m.

I think I was most impressed with the pine cones that were the size of my foot.