Pardon my analogy, but Vallecito County Park is the plain Jane little sister to Agua Caliente County Park. She’s the older, smoking hot, sexy sister that gets all the attention. Only four miles separate the two San Diego County campgrounds. Agua Caliente has full hook-ups, hot spring fed pools, a clubhouse, showers, and bathrooms. Quail are everywhere and occasionally borregos stroll through the campground. It is busy, full every weekend, and noisy.
Vallecito is not without amenities; it does have bathrooms and showers. It is never full. On the weekdays it is often completely empty. There’s nothing wrong with plain Jane, actually she’s quite nice.
We almost didn’t go anywhere this Presidents’ weekend, but Amelia had some friends staying at Vallecito, so that swayed us. We also took comfort in the fact they take the Covid seriously. We rarely do any in person socializing. Every time we do, it feels more like a slap in the face, instead of fun. A not so subtle reminder of what we are really missing during the pandemic.
It’s been so long since we’ve been in the Airstream. It was embarrassing how lame we were, I won’t go into details, but my god we were like newbies.
A summary of the trip would be really windy, but fun. We did a couple of five-mile hikes. The second one, Rainbow Canyon, I highly recommend. It is a spectacular canyon with at least ten dry waterfalls, which were all climbable. We spooked up a barn owl coming and going. Anytime you can see an owl in the daylight it’s a special day. Heading back down the canyon we were battling 40 mph plus winds and Jumping Cholla. Amelia kept saying it was like being at the top of Mammoth Mountain; right after the gondola shuts down because of high winds. The Cholla pieces were everywhere; thankfully it only ended up on the soles of our shoes and not our skin!
We found this rock on our first hike. Silly me, I thought this whole painting and putting religious and inspirational words on rocks was a Covid thing. While walking around our block I can’t go three houses without seeing one. The VC Rocks people are from Valley Center and have been doing this since 2017!