Scenes from……………the boondocks (Lyons Valley Road)
I was born and raised in Texas where we had hurricane and tornado season. Non-Californians regularly make light of California earthquakes, but we don’t prepare for earthquakes each year like we prepared for hurricanes in Texas. Fire season preparation here is more like preparing for hurricane season in Texas to ensure that we have survival food and gear in our homes and cars, and are ready to evacuate on short notice.
Just east of me burns the Lyons Fire. It has burned 450 acres and, courtesy of a huge fog bank yesterday night, containment increased from 10% to about 80% now. Just one more night of fog and it will probably be under control, or out.
I’m extremely familiar with the area since I used to live out that way. Yesterday morning I drove along Lyons Valley Road to where the fire had burned. Once I got to the burned area, I turned around and came back since I had no desire to possibly interfere with fire fighting heroes.
Following are some scenes from the boondocks along Lyons Valley Road.
Strong evidence that we had arrived in the boondocks:
Land is inexpensive out in the boondocks and you can see forever from the tops of mountains. However, getting to the tops of mountains can be tedious. I searched and searched for a way to get up to the top of the mountain in the following picture and came to the conclusion that it can only be done by foot or horseback. I could not find even a private, gated road that might lead up to that house!
The house doesn’t look like it’s inhabited anymore but looks can be deceiving. If it’s not inhabited, that might explain why I couldn’t find a way up there. Maybe the old road is overgrown with native vegetation.
Fire danger was still very high where I was going.
In many rural areas you will find roadside stands selling fruits and vegetables; rattlesnake, ostrich, and emu eggs; and souvenirs of the boondocks. Where I was going, no such roadside stands were allowed simply because there isn’t room. The roads are winding and narrow, usually two lanes but sometimes 1½ lanes, no shoulders, and a speed limit somewhere between 15 mph and 40 mph. Makes for a long, slow, leisurely drive.
Rural areas are popular trash dumping sites for city folks since the dumps charge outrageous fees for taking trash directly to the dumps. Don’t even think about taking home appliances to the city dumps; they don’t take them at all. Thus the city folks often load up old refrigerators, washers, dryers, dishwashers, televisions, and computers, drive out to the boondocks at 2:00 in the morning, and dump them off the side of the road into the many canyons. Take a helicopter flight over the boondocks and you’ll see rivers of appliances in many of the inaccessible canyons. So sad.
There is a different type of beauty out in the boondocks, which is why people live out there.
During my two-hour drive, I saw only three other cars on Lyons Valley Road and only one person, a fire fighter whom you might be able to see in the very last picture. I did see evidence of people, though.
Horses are very popular in the boondocks. Some properties even have their own playgrounds for the horseys.
Evidence of fire at the intersection of Lyons Valley Road and Skyline Truck Trail, my turning around point.
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Posted on September 13, 2013, in Fauna, Flora, Manmade, Mother & Father Nature, Out & About, Photos and tagged east san diego county, lyons fire san diego county, lyons valley road, san diego county, the boondocks san diego. Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.