March 7, 2016, Prescott- This past weekend featured my shortest visit to southern California, since July 3, 2013. It was truncated by the intense storms hitting the region- with rare Winter electrical elements, and hail, in the mix.
My visit with my son, Aram, was the main reason for the journey. It is indicative of how much of me he has absorbed, that he asked whether I was just “swinging by” on the way to see friends. It is true that, in the past, I have combined a visit with him and those with friends in Orange County and Los Angeles. That was not the case this time, as both weather and fiscal prudence put the latter two segments on hold, until early June.
One of the things I enjoy doing is connecting people with places in the area where I happen to be, that they enjoy or find useful. I do this here in Home Base, and I was able to do so with Aram, in Chula Vista. I introduced him to a small Thai restaurant, near his home, on Saturday night. Yesterday afternoon, we discovered Rice Canyon, a lovely trail just ten minutes’ walk from his apartment. This trail system, a feature of the City of Chula Vista, gives area residents a lovely venue for hiking, biking and jogging.
Here are some scenes of this floral, riparian preserve.
There is a pleasant mix of desert and subtropical flora here, as elsewhere in the San Diego area. Palm trees abound, though they are in a state of drought-induced duress right now.
Erosion, mostly man-made, is a concern for the friends of Rice Canyon. Aram was underwhelmed at the notion of “side trails”, in the preserve. Lemonade berry shrubs(above/upper right) provided the Kumayaay people with a sour beverage. A small creek, (above, lower right) peeked out at the discerning walker. Myrtillocacti (below) are also common in the South Bay of San Diego and the Tijuana Estuary.
We had a fine introduction to the canyon, during a seven-hour respite from the rain that graced southern California with its presence. This morning, no sooner had I left the city, than the rain resumed, with a vengeance.