Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

The wind that haunts us in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park has followed us up the mountains and into Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. I have never experienced so much wind before I moved to the desert. It blows often and it blows hard, sending sand and debris everywhere. At least up in the mountains, it is cool and fresh and the ground has green stuff growing on it that prevents the soil from being swept away. A rainstorm is heading our way, and because Southern California still needs rain before the summer settles in, I shan’t complain.

We got up first thing Saturday morning and had a lovely breakfast and then hopped on our bikes and headed toward Stonewall Mountain Trailhead and the ranger station. As we biked along the roadside we stopped to watch 4 coyotes working in tandem in the meadow to flush out ground squirrels and mice. You could listen to their progress as the squirrels chirped out warning calls across the land. The coyotes would jump up in the air and pounce multiple times as they efficiently trotted along, but we didn’t see them catch one rodent.

When we made it to the trailhead we discovered that bikes and horses are not allowed and I stopped and talked with two equestrian volunteers that ride the numerous trails and keep an eye out for hikers and to make sure that the trails are in good condition. They showed us the Cold Stream Trail that we could bike on and I asked them if they wanted to exchange mounts? They said they did not!

Biking in the meadow along the back side of the lake, we watched several Red-Winged Blackbirds sing their hearts out and flash the beautiful red shoulder pads that make them so sexy to the females. I love the song they sing and the whole atmosphere of the tall dried grasses being rustled in the wind and the blue water rippled and patterened by the waves that then cast reflective flashes of light into your eyes.

We did a two-hour bike ride and Michael went down twice. I managed to do better this last time because I lowered my saddle and wasn’t as preoccupied with falling. Yesterday’s bike ride, my seat was too high and whenever I stepped off, I almost tipped over before my foot could touch the ground. It is one thing to bike on flat pavement and another to pedal furiously on steep, rutted trails.

Callie had zero separation anxiety when we left her and she didn’t even lift her head when I said goodbye. When we returned, I opened up the window for her to look out and gaze over the lake. It is too windy for her to take a walk and she knows it. She hates it when the wind rushes into her ears. If a breeze so much as hits her in the face, she flattens down and makes a dash for cover. She is far better off today in the safety of the RV where it is warm and cozy.

9 thoughts on “Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

    • sevenfauesisters April 28, 2018 / 10:50 pm

      They are pretty wary of humans and for good reason. I only carry my iPhone with me when biking, a telephoto lens would have done the trick!:)

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      • Kelly MacKay April 29, 2018 / 2:16 pm

        I have camera every where I go but cycling I have to keep it in my pannier. However, I miss a lot of animals and bird stopping to retrieve it, they are gone by the time I set up. Phone comes in handy sometimes.

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      • sevenfauesisters April 29, 2018 / 2:39 pm

        My phone is in a back pocket of my biking shirt. You are right about wildlife not waiting around for you to take a photograph! The photos aren’t of high quality though. I need to take the time and carry my Nikon D70s around more often. It drives my husband crazy that my camera sits unused so much. I am going to make it a point to get it out more often thanks to you!

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      • Kelly MacKay April 29, 2018 / 7:18 pm

        I love my camera, I use it every day. I hope to get a full frame at some time in my life.

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