Category Archives: Natural

Tijuana River Estuary

The Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve is a great way to escape the city and experience the unique world of a protected river estuary. Situated on 2,500 acres between Imperial Beach and the U.S.-Mexico border, the Tijuana Estuary is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, and the California State Parks. Border

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Fault Line Park

Southern California has its faults—figurative and literal. In this case, it’s the Rose Canyon Fault that runs right through the heart of San Diego and is adjacent to the new 45-story apartment building, Pinnacle on the Park. In fact, the building’s developers were the ones who created and will maintain the park. The park is situated on 14th Street between

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Torrey Pines State Reserve

If you’re into hiking, rare trees, towering cliffs, sweeping panoramic views, the ocean, beaches, salt marshes, and waterfowl, then Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve (not park) is for you. Why the distinction between a reserve and park? Well, the Torrey pine is found in only two places, Torrey Pines Natural Reserve and Santa Rosa island, and because it is so

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The Flower Fields of Carlsbad

Each spring, 50 acres of hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Carlsbad are washed in the brilliant colors of thousands of Tecolote® Giant Ranunculus flowers. Typically, the bloom season is early March through early May, but that can vary based on weather patterns each year. The 2016 bloom season opens 1 March. You can wander through the fields at your

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Border Field State Park

Tucked away on the most southwestern point in the continental United States is the 800-acre Border Field State Park. As its name implies, its southern border is the U.S.–Mexico border. Like many things in San Diego, the park is diverse in its offerings. The park is part of the larger Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve, which also includes the Tijuana Slough

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Algodones Dunes

I was looking for something to do on the first day of my four day holiday weekend, and I was reminded of the large sand dunes east of Brawley while checking out Google Maps. I had seen the southern end of the dunes near Yuma on my way into California on I-8, but had never seen this part of them. One

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Autumn & Apple Pie

I needed a change of scenery today.  I also needed a slice of apple pie.  (Well, need is perhaps a bit strong.  Hankered for might be more appropriate.) Heading east out of the city, it was a perfectly sunny, mild San Diego afternoon, and it wasn’t long before I was lumbering along CA 79 towards the town of Julian.  The

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Salton Sea

I was getting antsy for a little road trip, so the other day I hopped in my truck and headed out to the Salton Sea for a day trip. Years ago, when I used to play in the Anza-Borrego Desert, I’d get close to the Salton Sea, but never really took the time to stop and actually walk right up

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