Wishing all of our readers happy holidays from our cozy little home on wheels!
Hugs from Hans and Lisa and Rosie!
|View of site #267 from the back. We had one neighbor on our right and beautiful park space on the other sides.|
|A look at some of the water front RV sites across one of the lakes.|
|This red shouldered hawk blends with the autumn leaves on a gray day.|
|Lots of statuesque, and statue-like, Great Blue Herons.|
|There are at least two black crowned night herons here, but they are elusive.|
Usually well hidden in the cattails, you might see them across a lake, or by peeking through the reeds.
|Postcard perfect day at Santee Lakes.|
|That's one dangerous looking beak!|
|Rosie was entranced by the creek behind our RV (on the right).|
|Osprey with fish.|
|There is a huge new koala exhibit with at least 40 koalas.|
They are just ridiculously cute!
|This young flamingo was adorable! He was following the keeper around and talking to her and he loved being snuggled!|
Notice the little pink things on one of his knees; his legs were growing too fast and starting to bend the wrong way so pins and rubber bands will help him as his body catches up to his long legs.
|This guy seemed to be kicking back watching the parade of humans passing by.|
|Yeah, you're cute!|
|These two (siblings?) ran around tussling for several minutes.|
They are some kind of wart hog that reminded us of Arizona javelinas.
|Basking in the last bit of sun.|
|We had lunch at Sushi Deli, located in the old Spreckels Theater building.|
|Fun decor, average food.|
|Western Hat Works on E Street, downtown San Diego.|
|Estella along with a small sampling of their inventory.|
|The new San Diego Central Library.|
|Great views inside the dome.|
|Petco Park on the left, Library dome in the center, Harbor Drive pedestrian bridge at right.|
|Sculptures under a moody sky along the harbor.|
|At the end of the day I remembered to take a picture of the trolley.|
|A gorgeous end to the day!|
|Typical terrain in the hills North of Santee Lakes.|
|There are lots of coyotes in these hills. We saw two on one hike!|
|This area has been military land for many decades, perhaps this is a remnant from the Elliot Field days.|
|I have spent many years and many miles on San Diego County trails and have never seen deer in the city until now.|
We've noticed some deer tracks on recent hikes, but on this day we saw two deer!
|Crossing under highway 52.|
|The canyon North of highway 52.|
|Hans, Martin, Chelsea and Estella make their way through chaparral covered hills North of highway 52.|
|There are surprises to be found in Oak Canyon.|
|North Fortuna may not look like much of a mountain, |
but the trail is steep and rocky and the views are 360* at the top.
|Atop North Fortuna, South Fortuna is behind Hans, Cowles Mountain is the pointy peak behind his head,|
and the mountains at the far left are Cuyamaca and the Laguna's which are at the far East of San Diego County.
|Heading down the steep and slippery decomposed granite trail, we can see the trail we'll take|
to cross the valley then up the hill on the far right to get back to the trail head.
|North and South Fortuna.|
|A close up of the road leading to the saddle in the above photo shows a fire and rescue vehicle |
slowly making its way up the very steep road.
On several of our recent hikes we saw these vehicles on the back roads...
probably making sure they are well acquainted with the terrain in the event of a fire.