Saturday, April 15, 2017

Pacific Crest Trail San Diego Mount Laguna to Kitchen Creek

I finally decided that Connor is old enough at one year--and since he already outweighs me--to carry some of his own water.  He tolerated his doggie back pack pretty well but was reluctant to lie down to rest until he came to the stream.  It was a nice day to hike the 8 mile round trip from Mount Laguna Red Tail Roost to Kitchen Creek south along the PCT but too many hikers on the trail, as this is Easter weekend.  The white flowered and also the blue flowered ceanothus (mountain lilac) as well as the Manzanita were in full, sweet aromatic profusion.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Ancient Yoni Fertility rock carving in Piedras Grande Anza Borrego Desert

Connor and I ventured back to the Native American sites along Piedras Grande (large rocks) in Anza Borrego desert, San Diego County.  This trails meanders through rugged terrain inhabited by the Kuymeyaay for 6,000 years.  The Piedras Grande trail passes by fertility ritual sites including the hand carved Yonis which represent the female anatomy.  On the hike to the trail, we passed by the old steam train water tower and railroad camp.  It was quite windy and cool today.  The trees, plants and flowers are budding out but the large-scale desert wildflower display is still a few weeks away.




Monday, February 20, 2017

Arroyo Seco del Diablo in Anza Borrego Desert

Brian and I took Connor out to the desert again for a 10 mile hike through the Arroyo Seco del Diablo canyon (dry stream canyon of the devil) east and parallel to Arroyo Tapiado (mud caves).  It was raining in San Diego but no rain out here.