Monthly Archives: July 2012

Mt. Laguna

We walked 10 miles out at Mt. Laguna yesterday.  Wow, it’s beautiful up there!  Alot more pine trees than I was expecting.  We started at an unknown trail head.  Originally we were going to start at the Penny Pines Trailhead but Dennis felt uncomfortable leaving the truck on the shoulder of the road so he wanted to park at Laguna Campground.  Well we couldn’t figure out where the parking was or where we were supposed to pay the day use fee so we ended up at a random trailhead that I had seen further down the road.   So the start was a little irritating.  We need to get our starting points figured out a little better.  We walked about 4 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail and it was so cool because we got to see where the trees  stopped and the Anza Borrego desert began.  Great desert veiws!  We saw trash, toilet paper, and a pair of thong underwear too.  Kind of gross.  Then we actually ended up at the Penny Pines Trailhead because the PCT connected to the Big Laguna Trail.  We walked along that for about 6 miles.  Nice wooded areas, easy trail, past Big Laguna Lake.  It got pretty hot the last few miles though and we ended up carrying Pico about half the way.  I was worried we wouldn’t be able to find the truck again because Big Laguna Trail kept branching off into all these little offshoot trails but Dennis has pretty good navigation skills and we made it back.  We were hot and wiped out and that truck was a vision! We stopped at the Laguna store to get gatorade on the way out because we both drank all our water (2 liters each).  I wish they had slurpees!  This little store is where we will stop to get snacks next April when we walk Section A of the PCT (110 miles from Campo to Warner Springs). 

Here’s some pictures:


Saturday we really went after the adventure.  We drove out to Warner Springs to find the Pacific Crest Trail and it was interesting just trying to find the thing!  Dennis was grouchy and irritated because he was so tired.  We … Continue reading

July 6th

Friday we hiked the Lake Poway Loop and Mt. Woodson.  This was just shy of 9 miles and took us about 4.5 hours.  We started off ready to have another great hike and we had let Pico off the leash and were just strolling along minding our business.  This lady came up behind us and reprimanded us for having Pico off leash.  Yes, it is the law to have leashed pets.  Yes, we were taking a chance with it and it’s a “No-No” but this lady was obnoxious!  First she tried to use the scare tactic of rattlesnakes and then fines if a ranger caught us.  When she was done with her tirade I just said “Okay have a great day!”  Then she took it to the next level and shook her head at us and said “Just be more responsible for your pet.”  So then for the next few miles I was pissed and called her all kinds of derogatory names.  Then I said a prayer for her and let it go.  Anyway, we did put Pico back on the leash since there ended up being too many people and dogs around anyway.  So aside from that it turned out to be a fabulous hike.  It was very difficult and the marine layer burned off and it got VERY hot.  Pico made it to the top of the mountain, bless his heart, and then we took turns carrying him down.  We (meaning I) look pretty wrecked in these pictures so be warned!

July 5th



Oops looks like my pictures posted before my summary!  Oh well!

Thursday we went to North Fortuna Mountain.  Nice marine layer yet again.  We got to the trailhead at about 7:30am- little later start!  The total hike was about 3.5 hours and I can’t remember what Mr. Garmin said as far as exact mileage goes but I know it was just shy of 8 miles.  Pico again walked the whole way by himself!  I notice that he does very well when it’s cool and there’s a nice marine layer.  When it gets sunny and hot all bets are off as you will see in the remaining 2 days of hikes.

July 4th

I had a 5 day weekend for July 4th since it fell on a Wednesday this year.  YEEHAW!  I made major hiking plans and will post each day separately so I don’t confuse myself.  It was a wonderful and fabulous time.  I just love being away from people and I was sad every day when it was over as we made our way back into civilization.

July 4th we hiked the whole of Penasquitos canyon which, according to my garmin, ended up being about 12.5 miles.  Simone came with us on this one.  We started about 6:30am and it took us 5.5 hours.  Marine layer the whole time which was actually nice.  Pico walked the whole way by himself- he is amazing! Lots of poison oak- nice picture of a good sized thatch of it below.  The last picture below is a grave of the only person known to have been buried in Penasquitos valley although lots of people lived down there in the 1800’s.  We saw a coyote and shortly after that, some ambulence sirens went off and the whole hillside where we were started echoing with coyote howling.  Very eery to hear that during the day! 


Got a New Grill!

I’ve been grilling like a maniac on our new Grill.  Steak, hotdogs, sausage, chicken.  So nice to sit out on the patio in the sun and grill up some dogs!  It’s a little portable Uniflame- perfect size!