Down to the river

I’ve hiked the Gerle Loop Trail off Highway 49 a few times this year, including this visit two weeks ago. It feels so close to home, even though it takes me about an hour to get there, winding along Salmon Falls Road up to Pilot Hill. I like that it seems just a little way upstream from my house — […]

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At Chinese Gulch, Part 1

We spent a few days at the coast back in early September, and one afternoon our explorations took us along a quiet trail north of Stump Beach to Chinese Gulch. I’ve already shared a few of my photos from that hike, but there was so much more. Not too long after we crossed the wooden bridge, we found the trail […]

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Salt Point Bluff Trail

The skies were grey with fog — with some smoke added in — but the day was still beautiful and the ocean views breathtaking. We started a short way up the coast from Stump Beach and hiked north along the cliff edge as far as Chinese Gulch, giving up when the trail became too overgrown to continue. These are just […]

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Toward the cactus garden

As much as I enjoyed all the animals at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido, the arboretum sections were also irresistible in their own way — and much less crowded. These images are from my visit in December 2016, but I’d be interested to see the changes made to these areas since the park has added an adjacent […]

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