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Little Italy Mercato Farmers Market

Posted by George J Janczyn on April 21, 2018

Little Italy Mercato Farmers Market on Saturday, April 21, 2018.

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San Diego March for Science 2018 photo gallery

Posted by George J Janczyn on April 14, 2018

Photos of some of the participants in the San Diego March for Science at the Waterfront Park on Saturday morning, April 14, 2018. Attendance was considerably smaller than at last year’s event. Click photos for enlargements.

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Disc golfing at Morley Field #8

Posted by George J Janczyn on April 13, 2018

(Part 8 in the series of selected Morley Field disc golfing photos that I shot between 1979-82. Click images for enlargements.)

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Disc golfing at Morley Field #7

Posted by George J Janczyn on March 14, 2018

(Part 7 in the series of selected Morley Field disc golfing photos that I shot between 1979-82. Click images for enlargements.)

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Disc golfing at Morley Field #6

Posted by George J Janczyn on February 22, 2018

(Part 6 in the series of selected Morley Field disc golfing photos that I shot between 1979-82. Click images for enlargements.)

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Disc golfing at Morley Field #5

Posted by George J Janczyn on February 8, 2018

(Part 5 in the series of selected Morley Field disc golfing photos that I shot between 1979-82. Click images for enlargements.)

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Message for email subscribers

Posted by George J Janczyn on January 28, 2018

Due to the nature of the WordPress system, the formatting of blog posts for email subscribers is often less than optimal. If you are an email subscriber, when you get new emails with blog posts I recommend that you click on the title of the blog post in order to open it in your web browser where it will look much better.

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Disc golfing at Morley Field #4

Posted by George J Janczyn on January 28, 2018

(Part 4 in the series of selected Morley Field disc golfing photos that I shot between 1979-82. Click images for enlargements.)





15-cents bag of chips, 30-cents candy bars, 40-cents granola bars, $4.95 hats. Snapper at far right waiting for customers.



Customers!



Warming up with a game of hacky sack.



Waiting for a competition to get underway.





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Disc golfing at Morley Field #3

Posted by George J Janczyn on January 23, 2018

(Part 3 in the series of selected Morley Field disc golfing photos that I shot between 1979-82. Click images for enlargements.)

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Viewing the Pine Valley Creek Bridge from the Secret Canyon Trail

Posted by George J Janczyn on January 17, 2018

If you’ve driven on Interstate 8 east as far as Pine Valley you’ve almost certainly taken notice while driving over the high-altitude Pine Valley Creek Bridge just before the Pine Valley exit. Formally known as the Nello Irwin Greer Memorial Bridge it is considered one of the highest bridges in the U.S. (450 feet high).

Looking to get some photos of the bridge we learned that the Secret Canyon Trail goes beneath it. We found the trailhead by getting on Old Hwy 80 in Pine Valley and driving a few miles west to Pine Valley-Las Bancas Road where there’s a big Cleveland National Forest sign announcing the “Pine Creek Trailhead” on the south side of the road.

It’s a short drive south to the end of the road where there’s ample parking and restrooms. A US Forest Service Adventure Pass must be displayed in the windshield in order to park here. A sign marks the beginning of the trail just south of the restrooms.

The trail starts on the west side of the canyon and quickly drops to make a crossing at Pine Creek. If it has rained recently you may not feel like trying to cross, but when we went it was about 3 weeks since the last significant rain and there was just a moderate flow. It’s usually pretty easy to cross as long as the water isn’t running too deep. We’ve hiked the trail a number of times over the years and only once did we have to turn back because of unexpected high water.

The trail continues south above the east bank, sometimes gaining elevation in the canyon above the creek, sometimes descending to creek level. It’s an attractive and pleasant trail with oak and willow trees, manzanita groves, and numerous other plants. It’s approximately 2 miles (one-way) to the bridge and I’d classify the trail as moderately difficult because of the elevation gain and loss which is about 600 feet according to various trail guides. You can always take it more slowly to make it easier, it’s not that far.

Here are the photos (click images for an enlargement to open in a separate browser tab).

Here’s our parking spot above the creek. The canyon goes south to the right.

 

Sign marking the beginning of the trail.

 

This is the creek crossing when it’s pretty easy to hop across.

 

This was the same crossing on another day when a decision was required about getting wet up to the knees!

 

This is on the trail at about the halfway point, looking back towards our starting point.

 

Continuing along the trail the bridge comes into view.

 

Getting closer.

 

Almost there.

 

Sun in our eyes.

 

The bridge appears to mark a popular jet route too.

 

Looking up from the creekbed.

 

This was taken from the south side after passing beneath the bridge.

 

We hiked another 1/4 mile further south beyond the bridge so we could get this clear view of the whole thing (looking north).

As you can see from that last picture, once you cross south of the bridge the trees pretty much disappear and the trail gets hot and dry so unless you’ve planned a much longer hike it’s a good place to turn around.

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