Shepherd Canyon Hike

Puja was sick all week with stomach pains. She had a weird sort of ailment that made her stomach burn if she ate anything besides cheese pizza or ice cream. But she still wanted to do our week’s hike, so we picked out an easy one that was close to home.

My favorite thing about this place is the sign that says not to touch the missiles, which I think is excellent advice even in places outside of Greenbelt Park (where this hike was).

Don't touch the missiles

My other favorite thing about this hike was the pond in the middle, called “Dishwasher Pond.” What a great name for a little urban pond. When we hit upon it, I felt like we had been transported to someone’s fishing hole somewhere in the south. This park seems like a natural preserve, but if you look closely at the picture you can see water bubbling in the center of the pond. The pond is aerated.

Altogether the hike was about 3 miles. Both Puja and Xaria made it through with no problems this time. Puja and I shared a cheese pizza afterward.

Mount Woodson Hike, Eastern Approach

We chose this hike because of the season. I really want to go out to the dessert but I think it’s best to wait until the weather is milder. Since the vegetation anywhere is pretty much dry and brown, I thought we’d go on a hike that was more about rocks than foliage. There are also some really cool looking places up the San Diego river, but the river is probably too dry for the waterfalls to be worth it right now.

So many antennas

To start off, we had never been on the 67 freeway before. It takes you through Lakeside which immediatly makes you feel like you’ve gone out into the country. There aren’t a lot of places like that left in the area. To get to the hiking trail you have to park along the highway. There are a lot of signs about towing if you park in the wrong place, so you have to be really careful. It’s pretty clear the people who live there do not want to be bothered by the hikers.Read More