where i went: blue sky reserve
the details: blue sky has something like 700 acres of protected land and miles of trails. despite the barren and dry nature of san diego, along the lower trail, there's usually a small stream and somewhere cool to enjoy a snack or lunch. i chose to hike from the trailhead to ramona damn, 4.8 miles roundtrip.
the first mile and a half of the hike was easy and very enjoyable. once i left the tree line and made my way for the damn, i was on an unprotected (from the sun) trail with a steady incline for the remainder of the walk. radley and i stopped for pictures and water a few times as we walked up to the damn and at the base of the damn, we reached a steep grade as we made our way to the top.
at the top, the panoramic views are beautiful. radley & i stayed only for a few minutes before making our way back down to the trailhead. the quiet of the canyons and sounds of the birds was exactly what i needed to clear my head from the confusion of the week. getting out and spending time in nature is so rejuvenating for me; i always feel like a new woman when i return from hikes.
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