A visit to Mission Trails Regional Park
Although I live in La Mesa, I am just a block outside of the eastern edge of the San Diego city limits. Not too far from me, also at the eastern edge of San Diego, is Mission Trails Regional Park:
The park was established in 1974 and, depending on the source, comprises somewhere between 5,800 acres and 6,150 acres. That makes it the largest city-owned park in California and the sixth largest in the United States; it also is the seventh largest “open space urban park” in the U.S.
Much of the park was destroyed in the October 2003 Cedar Fire which burned 280,278 acres and 2,820 buildings (2,232 homes), and killed 15 people, including one firefighter. The Cedar Fire is the largest fire in California history. Chaparral ecosystems recover rapidly from wildfire, though, and there virtually is no evidence of what happened ten years ago.
I go to the park quite often just to wander around, especially Lake Murray to feed the birds and squirrels.
Recently, though, I discovered the main Visitor Center:
There are great exhibits inside the Visitor Center, where I took the following five pictures. Of the five, only one was alive. The others had been taxidermied. You get to guess which one.
At the rear of the Visitor Center, I met a guy hanging around with his little one:
His little one, an iguana, was ten years old and eats a couple of pounds of dog food and lettuce each day. Makes me glad I have Zoey the Cool Cat. She eats a six-ounce can of wet food and a cup of dry food.
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Posted on January 26, 2013, in Birds, Fauna, Manmade, Mother & Father Nature, Out & About, Photos and tagged american kestrel pictures, bobcat pictures, coyote pictures, fox pictures, geese pictures, great horned owl pictures, iguana pictures, mission trails regional park san diego, raccoon pictures, squirrel pictures. Bookmark the permalink. 24 Comments.