When we left Palm Springs we traveled south around the Salton Sea and then west to the Thousand Trails at Oakzanita Springs. The road to get there was filled with curves. We had to drive a couple miles past the entrance and turn around to get in the drive. After checking in we tried to get to our sight. The problem was it was at the bottom of a steep hill. We tried several times, but because of the terrain we could not get in the sight so we chose another one. Marc had to back the camper 150 yards around a curve to get us out and to the other site.
The next day we ventured to the post office to pick up Marcus and Caroline’s curriculum that we had shipped to us general delivery. Another customer saw the big box and asked if we were traveling. She suggested some great hikes for us to try. The next day we drove to Paso Picacho Camp Ground part of Cuyamaca State Park. We hiked two miles to the Stonewall Peak to an elevation of 5,700 feet. We did have to pay a $8 day use fee and Cloe was not allowed on this trail.
When we reached the final stair case the 360 degree view was breathtaking. We could see the Salton Sea and Lake Cuyamaca hiding between the hills. On the way up we noticed many of the trees were burned and had died. New undergrowth had begun to take over. When we got home we researched and found out there had been a devastating Cedar fire in 2003. Although most of the forest was destroyed many of the native plants are regenerating and regrowing.
While Marcus and Caroline were learning about the fire they found another hike they wanted to go on and this time Cloe could go. The next day we drove back to Paso Pichaco. We hiked 3.5 miles on Lookout Fire Road to Cuyamaca Peak at an elevation of 6,512 feet.
Marcus and Caroline were wearing shorts (it was in the high 70’s.) As we climbed we reached snow covered ground. They had a great snowball fight in their shorts. When we reached the top we could see the desert, the Salton Sea, the Pacific Ocean and across the border in to Mexico.
We are so glad for warm weather. They planted their herb garden and had a great time on the playground. They gathered acorns and made paths on the playground with acorns for the squirrels. These acorns are not like the ones you find in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. They are longer and skinnier.