I love this place, it is in the north county of San Diego and it is beautiful. There are hiking trails all through the hills and valleys of North East Escondido out by Dixon Lake. You will run in to all kinds really nice people that all say hi. I love that. There will be bikers and runners all over with just plain walkers of all kinds. It is called Daley Ranch. Over 3000 acres of loveliness, sage, and scrub brush.
I went up there with one of my blog buddies, Brittany http://papermoonies.blogspot.com/, for a walk this spring and it is was breath taking. The wild flowers where everywhere. It is similar to the desert in that the beauty is very subtle. I love the desert and I love Daley Ranch. There are small lakes, flat areas with grasses as tall as I am. Ducks, coyotes, redtail hawks, ravens and other assorted wild life everywhere you look. Such a treat. It is also one of those rare places that there are people at that feels like you are the only one out there at all. Right now if you go you should bring water with you and wear a hat. I am not even going to venture out there right now. The first hill in is a bear to get up and in this heat probably not too much fun for me.
And look at this... wouldn't this make a great subject to paint. It is part of the old working part of Daley Ranch and where the out house is if you need it. No toilet paper sometimes. It is on the left side of the road from this.
And this... isn't this great???
There is also a great grassy area under trees right before this that you can throw out a blanket and have a nice lunch or dinner. Or you can use the picnic benches they have out there.
This is probably a mile into the ranch maybe two. So it is a little trek to get to it.
Please, if you do go, don't smoke out there, it is too dangerous to even mess with and take your trash to the cans or with you when you leave.
This is a nice place, let's keep it that way please.
Another beautiful wild flower from the ranch.
Dixon Lake is also a really wonderful place to have a picnic or barbeque.
Tables and little shaded areas that can be reserved for the day.