Friday, June 23, 2017

La Playa Trail & Spanish Landing Point Loma San Diego

When it gets a little warm in San Diego, you can always head to the bay.  The Spanish Landing site was occupied by the Spaniards in 1769.  Shelter Island is 1.2 miles long and only a few hundred feet wide.  Harbor Island is 2 miles long and only a couple of hundred feet wide.  Both Islands are actually peninsulas and have a walking/biking trail with rest rooms along the way.  Shelter Island is just SE of Spanish Landing and is accessible via Shelter Island Drive off of Rosecrans (209).  Harbor Island is just NE of Shelter Island and is accessible off of Island Harbor Drive off of North Harbor Drive.  There is no good walking connection between Shelter & Harbor Islands, however, it is an easy walk between Shelter and La Playa Trail which begins at Anchorage Lane and Talbot, heading SW to Kellogg, along San Antonio Rd about one mile distance.  You can park on Kellogg Street and head north along La Playa Trail to Anchorage Lane and continue around the San Diego Yacht Club, turning right (SE) on Shelter Island Drive to continue a southerly loop around the Island.  This will be a 5.5 mile round trip loop.

Spanish Landing Below

Sunday, May 7, 2017

A day in Anza Borrego Desert hiking to the Blue Sun Cave Indian Hill

I took Brian, Mike and Madjid out to the desert for a nice 9 mile trip to see the ancient rock art site which very few people in San Diego have ever viewed.

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.