Leaves of three

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I do home inspections throughout the ten counties in Southern California:

Southern California

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If my home inspection is than 30 miles from downtown San Diego, it’s highly likely that I will find something interesting to do, visit, or photograph.

Such was the case a few days ago when I had a home inspection in Vista, which happens to be where my mother-in-law and her boyfriend live.

Vista, California

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I arrived in Vista early so that I could make a leisurely drive to the property I was to inspect. That’s when I found The Vista Conservancy Nature Preserve and Trails:

The Vista Conservancy nature Preserve and Trails, Vista, California

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I know many of you are thinking, “I bet Russel parked the car, took a hike on the trails, and took lots of pictures.” If you were thinking that, well, you would be right. Here are the pictures:

The Vista Conservancy nature Preserve and Trails, Vista, California

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The Vista Conservancy nature Preserve and Trails, Vista, California

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

The Vista Conservancy nature Preserve and Trails, Vista, California

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

The Vista Conservancy nature Preserve and Trails, Vista, California

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

The Vista Conservancy nature Preserve and Trails, Vista, California

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

The Vista Conservancy nature Preserve and Trails, Vista, California

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

There were many spectacular homes overlooking the trails. These two were my favorites:

The Vista Conservancy nature Preserve and Trails, Vista, California

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The Vista Conservancy nature Preserve and Trails, Vista, California

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Apparently the trails were created in 2002 as part of Kevin Krewer’s Eagle Scout project.

The Vista Conservancy nature Preserve and Trails, Vista, California

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You want to make sure that you stay on the trails, and if you have dogs, be sure to keep them leashed and on the trails with you, because….

….off the trails, sometimes by a matter of inches, you’ll find lots of this:

The Vista Conservancy nature Preserve and Trails, Vista, California

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For those who might not be familiar with leaves of three, there is a saying that is well-known among hikers in the wilderness: Leaves of three, let them be. In other words, keep an eye out for poison ivy and poison oak, both of which have leaves of three leaflets. The picture above is of poison oak.

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8 thoughts on “Leaves of three

  1. Maxi

    Love your photos, Russel. Especially the trees that crisscross and make a tunnel.
    And yes, I have had the unfortunate experience of “leaves of three.”
    blessings ~ maxi

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  2. Boomdeeadda

    Cool spot to get in a walk and fresh air. Lucky for those folks to have a house there too. I’m glad you included the photo of poison oak. I was never sure what I was suppose to look for. It’d be just my luck to kneel down to tie my shoe there or something.

    Hey? What’s Zoey looking down from there? Is it your garage door opener?

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      Yep. That’s Zoey the Cool Cat on top of the garage door opener. That was when I parked the car in the garage. Now the garage is one of her playgrounds, so the car gets parked outside and she has free reign of the garage, except that I have made it so she can’t get on top of the garage door opener or up into the open attic.

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      1. Boomdeeadda

        spider cat….spider cat…LOL how the heck did she get over there? I used to let our kitties play in our attached garage too. When Mr B came home from work, he’d honk and I’d go collect them so he could open the door.

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