Monthly Archives: January 2013

South Bay Power Plant in Chula Vista, California

Countdown to my first live implosion!

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Tomorrow at 7:00 a.m., I get to see my first live implosion when the South Bay Power Plant, decommissioned several years ago, bites the dust.

South Bay Power Plant in Chula Vista, California

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South Bay Power Plant in Chula Vista, California

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I’ll be there taking a video, which means that I’ll have to catch the San Diego Trolley about 5:30 a.m. to get there on time. They are expecting many thousands of people so there’s no way I’m driving down there and trying to find a parking spot.

San Diego Trolley at 0542 at 70th Street Station

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House finches at San Diego National Wildlife Refuge

Look this way! Please look this way!

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On a recent hike in the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge, I found three house finches sitting on a wire. I took five pictures before they flew away. My intent was to get all three of them looking at me, or at least looking forward. They refused to cooperate. There was always at least one bird that was looking the other way. Begging all three birds to “look this way, please, look this way!” didn’t have any effect on them.

I got up the courage to do something about it as I was looking at the five pictures this morning. Originally, I was going to simply replace the one bird that wasn’t looking at me with one that was. Then I thought, why stop at three birds? After playing around, I came up with a nice picture of six house finches:

House finches at San Diego National Wildlife Refuge

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Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to tell me which three birds originally were not in that picture. Let us number the birds 1 through 6 from bottom left to top right. And as all good teachers would do, I require that you “show your work,” i.e., explain your decision.

My wise old grandmotherThis little exercise reminds me of my wise old grandmother. She carried her Kodak Instamatic camera in her purse everywhere she went, and she didn’t hesitate to pull it out and snap a picture. Once she got home she took all her pictures and mounted them in her scrapbooks and photo albums. However, she didn’t hesitate to crop them, cut them in two, whatever, in order to make the pictures better or make them fit the theme of her pages.

She used to always tell me, “What comes out of the camera is just the basics to start with.” It’s still like that, so if you aren’t using Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Lightroom, Serif PhotoPlus, Photo Studio, PaintShop Pro, Photo-Paint, ACDSee, Gimp, Picmonkey, etc., you’re missing out on a lot of fun. The ones I use are Photoshop CS6, Lightroom 4, Photo-Paint X6, and PaintShop Pro X5.

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A quick trip to the San Diego Zoo

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Nine pictures from a quick trip to the San Diego Zoo.

Ferns at the San Diego Zoo

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Flamingos at the San Diego Zoo

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Big cat paws at the San Diego Zoo

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Striped hyena at the San Diego Zoo

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Kangaroo at the San Diego Zoo

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Duck at the San Diego Zoo

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Ducks at the San Diego Zoo

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Turtle at the San Diego Zoo

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Waterfall and pond at the San Diego Zoo

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Picture of the Moment

Symmetry

Picture of the Moment

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The cat show on Sunday was at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Usually when I go to the Fairgrounds there are another 50,000 or so people there, making pictures of the Fairgrounds itself somewhat difficult, unless you enjoy pictures of crowd mobs. However, Sunday was a dreary day, dull gray clouds with intermittent rain, resulting in smaller crowds at the cat show and the home show in one of the other pavillions. That allowed me to take time to get some pictures that I’ve always wanted to get, such as these two which I combined into one and titled Symmetry:

Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego

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Reptile House, San Diego Zoo

What type of personality are you?

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It’s no secret that people are different.

When I first realized that, I developed a quiz to determine a person’s personality.

I just finished updating it.

There are just twelve questions.

Answer truthfully, write your answers down, and then scroll down to see what type of personality you are.

There is no correct answer, so be sure to choose one of the two choices for each question, even if you don’t like either of them — as in politics you can choose the lesser of two evils.

2012 Mother Goose Parade in El Cajon, CaliforniaReady?

Let’s go!

Do you prefer:

  1. Dogs or cats?
  2. Batman or Superman?
  3. Wonder Woman or Batgirl?
  4. Beatles or Rolling Stones?
  5. San Francisco 49ers or Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl?
  6. Classical music or rock ‘n’ roll?
  7. Beer or wine?
  8. Mexican food or pizza?
  9. Rose blooming in November in San Diego, CaliforniaOrchids or roses?
  10. Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie or Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston?
  11. Red or Green?
  12. Apple or Microsoft?

Once you have all your answers written down, scroll down to determine your personality.

Cape clawless otter, San Diego Zooscroll

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Read on to determine your personality.

  1. Sea lion at SeaWorld San DiegoDogs or cats?
    If you chose dogs, you prefer dogs.
    If you chose cats, you prefer cats.
  2. Batman or Superman?
    If you chose Batman, you prefer Batman.
    If you chose Superman, you prefer Superman.
  3. Wonder Woman or Batgirl?
    If you chose Wonder Woman, you prefer Wonder Woman.
    If you chose Batgirl, you prefer Batgirl.
  4. Beatles or Rolling Stones?
    If you chose the Beatles, you prefer The Beatles.
    If you chose the Rolling Stones, you prefer The Rolling Stones.
  5. San Francisco 49ers or Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl?
    If you chose the San Francisco 49ers, you probably want them to win the Super Bowl.
    If you chose the Baltimore Ravens, you probably want them to win the Super Bowl.
  6. Reptile House, San Diego ZooClassical music or rock ‘n’ roll?
    If you chose classical music, you probably like classical music.
    If you chose rock ‘n’ roll, you probably like rock ‘n’ roll music.
  7. Beer or wine?
    If you chose beer, you probably like beer better than wine.
    If you chose wine, you probably like wine better than beer.
  8. Mexican food or pizza?
    If you chose Mexican food, you probably like it better than pizza.
    If you chose pizza, you probably like it better than Mexican food.
  9. Orchids or roses?
    If you chose orchids, you’re probably high maintenance.
    If you chose roses, you’re probably high maintenance, too.
  10. Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie or Brad Pitt & Jennifer Aniston?
    If you chose Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie, you probably liked them better together than Brad Pitt & Jennifer Aniston
    If you chose Brad Pitt & Jennifer Aniston, you probably like them better together than Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie.
  11. Red or Green?
    If you chose red, you like to stop.
    If you chose green, you like to go.
  12. Microsoft or Apple?
    If you chose Microsoft, yeah!
    If you chose Apple, boo!

So how did you do? What kind of person are you?

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Food & Water Bowl XXI, San Diego Cat Fanciers

Gratuitous cat pictures from today’s cat show

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Ten cats from this weekend’s Food & Water Bowl XXI, hosted by the San Diego Cat Fanciers:

Food & Water Bowl XXI, San Diego Cat Fanciers

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Food & Water Bowl XXI, San Diego Cat Fanciers

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Food & Water Bowl XXI, San Diego Cat Fanciers

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Food & Water Bowl XXI, San Diego Cat Fanciers

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Food & Water Bowl XXI, San Diego Cat Fanciers

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Food & Water Bowl XXI, San Diego Cat Fanciers

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Food & Water Bowl XXI, San Diego Cat Fanciers

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Food & Water Bowl XXI, San Diego Cat Fanciers

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I give this cat the Most Relaxed Cat in Show:

Food & Water Bowl XXI, San Diego Cat Fanciers

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Lastly, the Maine Coons had a larger contingent this year. This was my favorite:

Food & Water Bowl XXI, San Diego Cat Fanciers

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Iguana at Mission Trails Regional Park in San Diego

A visit to Mission Trails Regional Park

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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:

Mission Trails Regional Park map

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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.

The Goose Lady, Lake Murray, San Diego, California

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Ground squirrel munching down at Lake Murray in La Mesa, California

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Recently, though, I discovered the main Visitor Center:

Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center in San Diego

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Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center in San Diego

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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.

American kestrel

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Mission Trails Regional Park in San Diego

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Mission Trails Regional Park in San Diego

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Mission Trails Regional Park in San Diego

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Mission Trails Regional Park in San Diego

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At the rear of the Visitor Center, I met a guy hanging around with his little one:

Iguana at Mission Trails Regional Park in San Diego

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Iguana at Mission Trails Regional Park in San Diego

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Iguana at Mission Trails Regional Park in San Diego

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Iguana at Mission Trails Regional Park in San Diego

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Iguana at Mission Trails Regional Park in San Diego

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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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Food & Water Bowl cat show in San Diego

Food & Water Bowl XXI — Here a kit, there a cat, everywhere a kit cat

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One of my favorite January events in San Diego is the Food & Water Bowl, sponsored by the San Diego Cat Fanciers.

This year’s event is number XXI and takes place Saturday (1/26) from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday (1/27) from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. in Del Mar.

Tickets are $9 for adults, $7 for children ages 6 and up, seniors, and military. Children under 6 are free with paid adult.

There is a $2 discount coupon at the lower right side of their web site, San Diego Cat.

This cat show claims to be one of the nation’s largest cat shows and the largest annual cat show west of the Mississippi.

Here are XXI of my favorite pictures from past shows:

Food & Water Bowl cat show in San Diego

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Food & Water Bowl cat show in San Diego

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Food & Water Bowl cat show in San Diego

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Food & Water Bowl cat show in San Diego

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Food & Water Bowl cat show in San Diego

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Food & Water Bowl cat show in San Diego

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Food & Water Bowl cat show in San Diego

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Food & Water Bowl cat show in San Diego

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Food & Water Bowl cat show in San Diego

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Food & Water Bowl cat show in San Diego

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Food & Water Bowl cat show in San Diego

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Food & Water Bowl cat show in San Diego

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Food & Water Bowl cat show in San Diego

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Food & Water Bowl in San Diego

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Food & Water Bowl cat show in San Diego

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Food & Water Bowl cat show in San Diego

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Food & Water Bowl cat show in San Diego

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Food & Water Bowl cat show in San Diego

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Food & Water Bowl cat show in San Diego

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Food & Water Bowl cat show in San Diego

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Food & Water Bowl cat show in San Diego

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Zoey the Cool Cat was feeling left out, so here are five gratuitous pictures of the little queen:

Zoey the Cool Cat

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Zoey the Cool Cat

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Zoey the Cool Cat

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Zoey the Cool Cat

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Zoey the Cool Cat

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Pine Creek Wilderness in Cleveland National Forest

Jason and Koa, reunited!

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Update on Jason and his little beagle, Koa, from this blog: A trip to Pine Creek Wilderness in Cleveland National Forest.

Koa was found by a stranger about ten miles from where we lost him. He was tired and thirsty but happily hopped into the stranger’s truck. Koa was reunited with Jason a short time later. Yahooooooooo!

I have now recovered mentally because I was really distressed about losing that little beagle out in the boondocks thirty miles from where he lives.

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Pine Creek Wilderness in Cleveland National Forest

A trip to Pine Creek Wilderness in Cleveland National Forest

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This past Monday was a holiday here — Martin Luther King Jr. Day — and one of my Meetup groups, San Diego Urban Exploration, was going exploring. First you have to understand that we urban explorers don’t explore urbanity. No. Rather, we get out of the city and go explore the, uh, the boondocks. The boondocks look somewhat like this:

The boondocks in San Diego East County

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In fact, the boondocks we were going to explore looked exactly like that! And this:

The boondocks in San Diego East County

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The boondocks in San Diego East County

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Our goal was to get to “the pool” in the Pine Creek Wilderness Area:

The boondocks in San Diego East County

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The boondocks in San Diego East County

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The boondocks in San Diego East County

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The boondocks in San Diego East County

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Pine Creek Wilderness area

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Since Jim needed the car yesterday, I took the San Diego Trolley to the Grantville Station, which is where all of us were meeting anyway. Convenient!

San Diego Trolley

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Grantville Station

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There were some fall colors lingering at the Grantville Station.

Fall colors in San Diego

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A great start to what obviously was going to be a great day!

I was going to carpool with Jason, an important part of this story. There were thirteen in our group, and seven of them had dogs, another important part of this story. Jason had his dog, a most adorable beagle named Koa. Sadly (you’ll under the “sadly” part at the end of this story), I don’t have a picture of Koa.

The drive out to the parking area is about thirty miles.

On the way we saw a helicopter.

Now helicopters aren’t exactly rare here in San Diego since the military and the California Department of Foresty uses them.

However, this helicopter was a little unusual:

Helicopter on the highway

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The trailhead looked inviting….

Espinosa Trail & Secret Canyon Trail at Pine Creek Wilderness in Cleveland National Forest

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….until I started reading some of the signs:

Espinosa Trail & Secret Canyon Trail at Pine Creek Wilderness in Cleveland National Forest

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Whomever was in charge of marketing for this place certainly knew their business. The trail looked absolutely nothing like the trailhead — a nice wide trail? Ha! Within a couple hundred feet (and we were going 8½ miles), it was barely wide enough for a dog, much less an adult person.

Pine Creek Wilderness in Cleveland National Forest

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Pine Creek Wilderness in Cleveland National Forest

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Pine Creek Wilderness in Cleveland National Forest

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Pine Creek Wilderness in Cleveland National Forest

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Pine Creek Wilderness in Cleveland National Forest

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For about eight miles of the trail, the only way I knew that it was a trail was because there were twelve people in front of me. Thus I had to stay rather close to them, or risk getting lost in the boondocks!

There were lots of horses on the trail, which really amazed me.

Horses in Cleveland National Forest

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Horses in Cleveland National Forest

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I don’t trust my own steps on trails like this, so I’m sure not going to trust a horse that weighs ten times what I do. One misstep and it’s a thousand feet down the rocky hillside.

The horses in that second horse picture we had met in the parking lot. The second horse, the one being walked, is “inexperienced.” They were across the valley and halfway up the mountainside, which is where we were going, the Secret Canyon Trail.

Those two horses are another important part of this story. Remember, we had dogs with us:

Dog in Cleveland National Forest

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Dog in Cleveland National Forest

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The scenery was beautiful:

Pine Creek Wilderness in Cleveland National Forest

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Pine Creek Wilderness in Cleveland National Forest

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Pine Creek Wilderness in Cleveland National Forest

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Pine Creek Wilderness in Cleveland National Forest

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Pine Creek Wilderness in Cleveland National Forest

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Pine Creek Wilderness in Cleveland National Forest

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Pine Creek Wilderness in Cleveland National Forest

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Pine Creek Wilderness in Cleveland National Forest

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Pine Creek Wilderness in Cleveland National Forest

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There are mortar holes at the pool. Mortar holes look like this:

Mortar hole

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Mortar holes are found mostly in areas that have oak trees. They were created and used by Indians to ground acorns and wash the resulting mash to leach it of toxins.

I also found a rock that reminded me of a big cat in profile, ears and eye whisker poking up and nose pointing out:

Cat rock

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We caught up with the two horses at about 8½ miles. Perhaps I should say that one of our dogs caught up with them. Both of the horses apparently were being walked in the oak valley (you can see the oak valley clearly in the center of the very first picture), and Ash, our largest dog, started barking, spooking the two horses. The two ladies lost control of their horses, which them came running up the rocky hillside trail, which is where we were. It was a thousand feet straight up on one side of the trail and a thousand feet straight down on the other side. The trail was only wide enough for one person, certainly not thirteen frightened people and two frightened, stampeding horses.

Pine Creek Wilderness in Cleveland National ForestAt this time I was the second to the last in our group and Jason and Koa, his beagle, were behind me. I had only a split second to try to climb the sheer rocks or make myself as flat as possible against them to make way for the stampeding horses. Jason did the same, but Koa took off running in front of the horses.

Jason went after Koa and after about 15 minutes waiting for them to come back, we decided we better turn around and go back. I had a bloody arm from bashing into the rocks and manzanita, but fortunately, I was the only one injured, and it was just superficial scratches. The blood everywhere made it look worse than it was.

On the hike back, everyone we met said that they had seen “two horses chasing a dog.” Eight and a half miles later, back in the parking lot, we found the two ladies and their horses relaxing. Koa was nowhere to be found.

Manzanita in Cleveland National ForestThe two ladies didn’t bother inquiring if we were alright. All they did was curse the dogs and us for having the dogs. Since this is a family blog, the cursing cannot be repeated here. Quite frankly, I’ve never heard such language come from a female.

Jason and I went down to the Forestry Fire Station hoping that someone might have found Koa and turned him in there. No. Koa is microchipped and has a collar with owner information tag, but Jason didn’t have his cell phone. Jason and I went back to San Diego. He dropped me off at my place, went to get his phone, and headed back out to the Wilderness, intent on spending the night in the parking lot hoping that Koa would eventually find his way back there.

As far as I know right now, Jason and Koa were not reunited.

Lichen in Cleveland National ForestI’m still sore physically from traipsing seventeen miles through the boondocks, and I’m still stunned mentally from someone I was with losing his dog out there. I feel so bad. I can’t imagine what Jason must be going through.

I know there are stories about dogs and cats wandering around for months at a time and finding their way home, and beagles have excellent noses, so let’s hope and pray that our little Koa eventually finds his way home.

And the final part of the story: Remember I said that Jim needed the car yesterday? Well, I took the car keys with me, so he had to take the San Diego Trolley to his work. I did pick him up, though, so he wouldn’t have to depend on the Trolley on a holiday to get home late at night.

The end.

The end

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