Penasquitos Canyon Hike

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My faithful hiking companion.

For the past week or so I have been suffering from bronchitis, and have not had a chance to get out and hike.  This has been frustrating, as I have gotten restless.  As I look outside, it is a beautiful time to be a resident of the San Diego area. The weather is in the low to mid 70's most days, with clear blue skies.  We had some rain the past few weeks, so the hillsides are green, and many of the spring flowers are starting to bloom. So, feeling better, I decided to comp off of work a couple of hours early, pick up the kid(s) and head out for a late afternoon hike.

Todays adventure was a 5 1/2 mile hike in Penasquitos Canyon. The trail is pretty much level, with an occasion grade as it follows the contours of the canyon bed.

The trail ran a gambit of sandy bottom, to loose rocks, to very eaten up by recent rains.
The trail surface runs from a hard packed dirt service road, to hard packed well traveled path, to sandy river bottom, to narrow billy goat trail. But most is a nice hard packed well traveled path in a broad canyon floor. There are several spur canyons that connect to the main canyon, and as it is very green right now, it is very pretty (if you can ignore the houses at the top of the canyons). At the center of the canyon floor is a small stream. There is a lot of brush and trees growing along the stream bed. And some very pretty stands of trees. Even though the trail and the stream are in the same cayon, the do not really run side by side for most of the hike. You can see the stream from time to time, and you can sometimes hear the water (or is that just wishful thinking since we were expecting to find waterfalls), there are only a few times when you are close enough to see the water.
We were getting close to our goal.

The goal of our hike today was to reach the "waterfalls" that are about the center of the canyon trail (this trail can be hiked from either end of the canyon, east to west or west to east. We were going west to east). The falls, are a large tumble of rocks would be impressive with a large volume of water rushing over them. There was a bit of water running though, and I guess it was quaint.  This hike was more enjoyable for the company and the visual appeal. Lots of pretty scenery, lots of birds flying around (chasing the bugs), and the lovely sunset as we were hiking back. Since there is very little elevation change in this hike, my son did not get a chance to use those billy goat abilities that have helped him to lead me on our other recent hikes.

In fact, today I was out front for most of the hike. My 14yr old son never changed after school (which was ok, he was wearing jeans) and I had the advantage of not being fashionably challanged.  I was wearing comfortible pants, and a long sleeve shirt. But, trying to fit in at school, my son had been wearing pants that were a bit to big. I watched in amusement as he had to stop several times to hitch up his pants. He just looked at my smile, and said, "I guess I should have been wearing a belt"!  You think! :)  But, for me the best part of this hike was the conversation I had with my son. Since he did not get to leave me in his dust, we had a nice chat. He is 14 and growing up so fast. It never ceases to amaze me the subjects that he comes up with to talk about. Last night was about if we could go back in time, what would we want to go see, or do. He wanted to go back to the famed Library at Alexandria. Or to visit a city back in Roman times (maybe London since he has been there) and then come forward in time, stopping every hundred years or so to see how it has changed. I have a book by Edward Rutherford that I think I am going to have him read.

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My faithful hiking companion.
My faithful hiking companion.
The trail ran a gambit of sandy bo…
The trail ran a gambit of sandy b…
We were getting close to our goal.
We were getting close to our goal.
Shot from one of the meadows.
Shot from one of the meadows.
Shot up one of the valleys that sp…
Shot up one of the valleys that s…
Looking across the river from the …
Looking across the river from the…
Rock outcropping along the trail.
Rock outcropping along the trail.
Stand of trees along the riverbed.
Stand of trees along the riverbed.
This was our goal. The water falls…
This was our goal. The water fall…
This was the trail near the beginn…
This was the trail near the begin…
There were a lot of mountain biker…
There were a lot of mountain bike…
This was at the beginning of the h…
This was at the beginning of the …
The hills in San Diego are very gr…
The hills in San Diego are very g…
You can tell it is Spring in San D…
You can tell it is Spring in San …
This was a narrow little track aft…
This was a narrow little track af…
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