Yesterday, as part of a much longer walk in urban Santee, I enjoyed a very short, easy hike in the northeast corner of 7,220-acre Mission Trails Regional Park.
I started at the East Fortuna Staging Area and proceeded from the Equestrian Circle Trailhead west a quarter mile or so, just to enjoy the beautiful natural scenery.
Imagine my surprise when I quickly spotted a roadrunner!
The City of San Diego’s wild, rugged Mission Trails area, during World War II, was used to train members of the 2nd Marine Division. Camp Elliott is where they learned to fire artillery and operate tanks. According to the above sign posted near the trailhead: “At the height of the war, 50,000 officers and men were dispatched to combat zones from Camp Elliott in a little over a year.”
The canyons, mountains and grasslands of Mission Trails are now home to abundant wildlife and natural beauty.
Trees in the distance line the San Diego River where its life giving water flows through the park.
Some bright California bush sunflowers near the trail…