Not far from our home is a very cool place to get away called Buena Vista Park. I love this park because it’s close, has miles of walking and hiking trails, and a duck pond. Yes, I’m a sucker for ducks. So, I love to go duck hunting—but my hunts involve using my camera, not a lethal weapon!
The great thing about Buena Vista Park is there’s something for everyone. There is an open grassy area for picnics along with some flat and easily accessible walking trails. There are also a couple of nasty looking trails I haven’t had the desire to tackle—yet. They look like they go straight up, but if I was armed with my Nikon, I might just get brave and go for it.
In any case, here are a few of the park’s sights, a couple of which are off the beaten path. The ducks are so close you can walk across the parking lot and feed them. The little kids get a kick out of it.
Water — a perennial California problem
One of the problems Buena Vista Park faces is a growing lack of water. You’ve probably heard of California’s drought. It’s also affecting the ducks. We recently heard their lagoon is evaporating. I’m sad to say if we don’t get more rain during the 2016-2017 season, our poor little ducks and egrets could be in big trouble next year.
For the “off the beaten path” photos, I took a side trail and followed it about a quarter-mile before turning off and into an area where there was a small stream. The silence was inspiring. So quiet and peaceful. Best of all, nobody disturbed me in my little sanctuary. It’s so rare to find such quiet in the middle of North San Diego County, but I’m delighted we have it.