About an hour east of our home is Cuyamaca State Park where there are several campgrounds and over a 100 miles of hiking trails. We spent the morning and early afternoon exploring the Green Valley Falls part of the park. It's been a trickle in recent times but I knew with all the rain we had a few weeks back, and snow in the upper levels, that the water would be flowing today. It was beautiful today, the weather in the mid 70's up there and we only came across 4 other people, so it was very quiet except for the sound of the water.
The main campground where you normally access the trail is closed until April, but we learned from a park ranger that we could hike in from a roadside parking area about a mile away to get to the trail-head of the falls. So that is what we did. Much of this area burned in the wildfires of 2004 and there is still evidence of burned trees, but so much has grown since then as you can see in the pictures.
On the way home we from Cuyamaca we always hit the farmer's market before leaving the mountain; today we came home with strawberry-rhubarb and peach-apricot jams plus the first crop of sweet corn.
Brett will be returning to this area next month for a week of 6th grade Outdoor Camp. He's going to the same camp that both Jay and I went to when we were in 6th grade, as well as Kyle and Morgan.