The South Bay Freeway and Mary Augustine Bridge

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A few days ago I was exploring South County, along our only toll road, State Highway 125:

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Known as the South Bay Freeway, there are not too many exits and entrances, it’s illegal to stop on the freeway shoulder, and the police do, well, police the freeway…. Makes it difficult to go exploring. However, I did find one spot where I parked the car and went exploring on foot, eventually finding the Mary Augustine Bridge:

Mary Augustine Bridge

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Mary Augustine Bridge, South Bay Freeway, San Diego

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Mary helped found the Bonita chapter of Equestian Trails, Inc., in 1969, and in 1975 helped found the Bonita Valley Horsemen. Mary worked tirelessly on various trails projects throughout San Diego County, but mostly in the Bonita Valley.

Chula Vista Golf CourseBonita’s first large trails project was the current trail around the Chula Vista Golf Course and was a major project that Mary helped move along. Today it is used heavily by walkers, joggers, runners, bikers, and horse riders.

In the late 1970s, Mary headed the Sweetwater Trail project from the east side of Sweetwater Summit Park east towards Jamul. It was dedicated on July 17, 1980. Other major trails that Mary helped create include those through Bonita Downs, Bonita Woods Park, Bonita Ridge, and Ranchito Robinwood.

The Mary Augustine Bridge was dedicated in 2007. Here is a view of the South Bay Freeway from the bridge.

South Bay Freeway from Mary Augustine Bridge

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I found a few places to sit….

South Bay Freeway in San Diego

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South Bay Freeway in San Diego

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…and watch the wildlife:

Black Phoebe, South Bay Freeway, San Diego

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Ground squirrel, South Bay Freeway, San Diego

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Rabbit, South Bay Freeway, San Diego

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Surprisingly, I saw no horses and only one person, a jogger:

Jogger at Mary Augustine Bridge, South Bay Freeway, San Diego

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I tried to find a map with the exact location of the Mary Augustine Bridge but was unsuccessful. You’ll just have to go explore the South Bay Freeway like I did!

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19 thoughts on “The South Bay Freeway and Mary Augustine Bridge

    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      A major problem here in San Diego is that one can’t just throw big furniture in the dumpster, and the trash pickup companies won’t take big furniture. If you take it to the the landfill yourself, you pay a significant fee. Consequently many people who need to get rid of furniture will simply drop it off on the side of the freeways. It’s particularly bad when colleges end their semesters because graduates don’t yet have the money to pay the landfill, so off to the side of the road they go. Mondays are also bad from people dropping off furniture on the weekends when they are remodeling, refurnishing, etc.

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  1. europasicewolf

    And what’s that armchair doing out there?!! lol….don’t tell me you took it with you because you miss your home comforts!! It’s a different world out there to me…we don’t have roads/hi-ways anything like that here…It’s one of the many things that make me desperately want to experience your part of the world….it looks so big…and free…and stretching into forever…we don’t have that sort of room here….not in a million years 🙂

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  2. Gallivanta

    I wish I could visit. I was beginning to think your San Diego was almost perfect until you explained about the problems with armchair disposal. Still, your place looks really good. I wish you could come and explain to our city how great it is to have a train service.

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      And we continue to build train service! That’s what’s amazing. The next segment of the San Diego Trolley will go up to the University of California San Diego and possibly a segment going out to the airport, too. When it comes to riding trains, I don’t think there’s any city as diverse as San Diego.

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