Monday, March 20, 2017

Weekend Activities

  • Hike from Cardiff to Del Mar Dog Beach
  • Relaxing at home
Around the point from Dog Beach

Ocean reclaiming the land, and someone's backyard

Monday, March 13, 2017

Cuyamaca Camp

We had our first campout with the latest batch of new scouts at Paso Picacho Campground in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.  We hadn't been to Cuyamaca in a while and it was nice to be back. Here are the highlights:
  • Hike to Stonewall Peak (one of the best in San Diego County)
  • Cooking
  • Knots
  • Navigation
  • Campfire!

Atop Stonewall Peak

Tree Trunk

Friday, March 10, 2017

Winter Reading List


Monday, March 06, 2017

Desert Wildflowers

With Jaya back home for spring break, we took a road trip out to the desert to see the wildflowers.  We started out on the 78 to Ramona and out to Santa Ysabel.  We stopped at Trumper's for some awesome local honey. We then headed north on the 79 to the S2.  The westbound traffic was backed up for miles; must have been some sort of off-road event due to all the RV's and trailers.  We took S22 down into Borrego Springs and parked near Christmas Circle.  We got lunch and Jilberto's and checked out the Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association.  Based on their advice, we headed north on Borrego Springs Road, making several stops for the Galleta Meadows sculptures and the flowers.  Then we went east on Henderson Canyon Rd for more flowers and a stop at the Peg Leg Smith Monument.  From there, we headed south on S3 to hook with the 78 and into Julian.  We stopped at Grandma's Kitchen for awesome deep-dish pie and coffee.  It was amazing how much colder and wetter Julian and the foothills were than the desert.  It was perfect day especially with the entire family together.

Grape harvest

Lone saguaro

San Felipe Valley

Monday, February 27, 2017

Pinto Canyon Hike

I joined the hiking group for another desert trek into the far southeast corner of San Diego County (and into Imperial County as well).  We started at Mountain Springs right off the 8 just east of the Desert View Tower.  The storm was being stopped by the mountains but the high winds were pushing a lot of moisture east so we started hiking with our backs getting wet.  This hike almost all cross-country as we winded our way to a large wash that was our first landmark.  We hit the wash and started upstream.  There was plenty of water to soak all the palms in the canyon.  After a bit we entered a flatter area that lead into Myer's Valley.  We spotted a nice peak and decided to bag it.  As we climbed the ridge up, the winds were brutal.  It was a bit better staying below the ridgeline and we made the peak without too much effort.  After a quick lunch on top, we headed down Pinto Canyon.  Pinto Canyon had great rock formations reminiscent of Joshua Tree NP.  The goal was to find some pictographs but it was decided they would be too far so we turned around.  We followed a different wash to start the return leg but then merged with our inbound route back to car.  It was pretty cold and wet as we got near the car and the storm still looming in the mountains overhead.  Overall a great hike in a very unused area of the country.

Rainbow over Mountain Springs

Clouds in the desert

Goodie bag

Pinto Canyon

Blue sky

Rock meets palm tree

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Dos Cabezas and Trifecta Challenge

We took our first trip out to Dos Cabezas after hearing about it from the HALT folks.  We drove out on Saturday morning and met up in Ocotillo.  Then we headed on the dirt road through the wind farm, then following the tracks northward.  We hit a couple dicey spots but made it to a nice camping spot.  After lunch, we hiked out the find the elusive Cave of the Blue Sun.  It was a good cross country experience except for all the cholla.  The scouts built a nice fire and we had some skits before go to be early (winter does that too you).
On the drive back home, the scouts agreed to do the A16 Trifecta Challenge.  So we took pictures in Ocotillo for the desert portion.  We then drove up to Mt. Laguna and thankfully found enough patches of snow for a snowball fight.  Lastly, we stopped at Moonlight Beach for the last leg.  Southern California is one of the few places in the world you can do this!  I was finisher #29.

Camping near the tracks

Waiting for a train!

Boulder cave

Cave of the Blue Sun

Sunrise in the Desert

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Gumshoe Krebs

Brian Krebs does some great detective work trying to find who DDOS'ed his site.  A must read.