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A trip to Cuyamaca, which isn't far from Julian, can be a full-day adventure. Spotting wild turkeys added a fun touch for me—they let us get relatively close even though they don't trust humans. Because Thanksgiving. more

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Balboa Park trails

There are innumerable reasons to love Balboa Park, namely its museums, history, shops, restaurants and the open space. One cool aspect of the area that not everybody knows about is the Sixth & Upa more

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It was a year filled with night excursions, tunnels, mines, caves and mountains. From the scores of adventures documented by Hidden San Diego in 2015 here are five highlights. more

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Kwaaymii Point is an ideal spot to get away and clear your mind. At an elevation of 6,000 feet, it offers one of the most stunning, if not the most stunning views in San Diego. more

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Lots of people go all out with their lights and decorations for Christmas. They put them up, in part, so you can go see 'em. Here's a listing of the highlights from all over the area. more

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While wandering through the Exotica Rare Fruit Nursery in Vista, one could easily imagine being someplace besides Vista. Hawaii, for instance. Or, some other lush tropical paradise where you might exp more

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While wandering through the Exotica Rare Fruit Nursery in Vista, one could easily imagine being someplace besides Vista. Hawaii, for instance. more

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The Santa Margarita River cuts through the preserve on its way from its Temecula source to the Pacific Ocean, and is home to a number of species of fish, including rainbow trout and striped mullet. more

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Outside the geologist community or among trail junkies, few know that San Diego was once home to an active volcano. more

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The 1986 murder of 20-year-old Cara Knott by on-duty California Highway Patrol officer Craig Peyer was a case that shook San Diego like an earthquake. more

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It's a modest trek of about 1,110 feet up to the top of The Van Dam Peak. But be warned, there area a few areas where the incline slopes up quite steeply, and you may have to stop every now and then to take a breather. more

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Years ago, there was a working farm called La Milpa Organica in the foothills of North Escondido. It was at the end of a dusty dirt road, just a few hundred yards from Interstate 15. I went to a vegan potluck on those farm grounds. more

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Many fans of outdoor art have never heard about Galleta Meadows. You don't even have to be all that into the art to be stunned by this collection of sculptures that's scattered around Borrego Springs. more

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