Well, even tho my grand plan to venture into the northern coast of California over TG week flopped and blew into oblivion due to the wildfires this year, I HAVE managed to do a shorter escape
a little closer to home for the week. I scraped the time up and am now sitting at a very remote State Park at the southern tip of the Cleveland National Forest. Cuyamaca Rancho SP
The name and the geography do not match, this is an alpine area, not "Rancho" like at all. The only problem, for the purist would be.. in 2003, the "other" wildfire swept through here and provided much devistation of the wilderness area. I suspect it has kept those that can't see the other side of the environment away, as the trees are scorched, the manzanita is blackend, and the ecology is very eerie, but not scary.
It's been 4 years since the burn, and new life has sprung, just as it did in my nieghborhood. Even tho it's fall
, there are still tons of evergreens standing, and the oaks have changed colors, the grasses are green, and the white wood of the burned oaks stands out in stark contrast to the blackend bark that is still left on them.
There are about 10 different types of birds hanging out in my campsite, which is the most isolated in the park.. I can not see or here any of the 5 other folks in the 85 space park.
The clouds have darkened the sky, but there is no hint of rain. The wind will pick up soon, it's supposed to be another Santa Ana, but since I am already in a burn area, I am not overly worried about having to "get out".
The campground I am in, Paso Picacho is absolutely gorgeous, with forested views, to valley views and a view of the peak (Behind my trailer) There are several levels, the back side being in the most forested with tent only sites, and 3 other loops, most all with RV friendly sites.
It has been pleasant to walk the dogs around, and the cat too (OK, He gets carried most of the time) Unfortunately, my plan was to hike as the trails are rated easy to moderate, and my lungs can handle that, but they have a strict No Dogs on the trails rule, so.. that blows that plan. I have plopped them in their kennel and driven around some, but will have to come back without them to do hiking.
Here are a couple shots of the site. The burnt tree is typical, and they all have their own shapes and colors against the desert sky back drop.
This is a photographers paradise indeed. You just have to look closely.