CALAVERA LAKE
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BRUCE KLIEWE...ALL RIGHTS RESERVED,
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Old Riparian Park is farther down Lake Blvd..,the street I cross over on Sky Haven to approach Calavera Lake.  Based on the map, a trail leads from the park to the lake.  It's farther away from the lake itself, so don't know if I'll see it today or not
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There's a parking lot big enough for about 10-12 vehicles.  I have no trouble finding a space, but then this is a weekday afternoon.  There's a substantial playground with modern jungle gyms and such.  Then I see an even larger expanse of lawn farther back, than the one around the playground.  Don't know how crowded it might get on weekends, but it certainly could accommodate a multitude of families.  Not that there'd be parking for everyone.   Lake Blvd. doesn't look parkable, so I don't know where else people would go.  It's certainly a big enough park to hold events.  Again, don't know if it does
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It looks like the trail to the lake is on the left hand side.  There's dirt and a small stream with a wooden plank crossing over it.  It's about 15" wide so not too much needed in the balance dept.  Tumbling into the water would only result in wet feet --but not too much more.  I see a sign, it says You're Now Entering Calavera Lake Preserve, so I guess this is the way
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The ubiquitous cactus
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Doesn't look like I'm going to get my shoes dusty or muddy
I didn't change into my hiking boots, so don't want too rough ground for my regular shoes
though they're like hiking boots
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Somebody's coming.  I didn't see "her" till after I shot this picture
So I should wait till she's in the right spot then click again
Only she's keeping her distance and stopped
Looks like it could be a stand-off.  She doesn't want her picture taken??
So I move forward...it's all too obvious now
Did you get him??  she asks me
Wha??
I guess she's thinking I was shooting some animal
She's smiling and friendly...a senior??  No, I tell her I was shooting the shadows and boardwalk
I make no mention that I was waiting fro her to get into the right place
We go our separate ways
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I'll get these two, instead
I wonder how long this boardwalk goes on for??
It's a gentle stroll I'm doing at the moment
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These pictures would be pretty anti-climatic around noon...our with cloudy skies
It's now about 2
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The boardwalk has ended, and there's now a long stretch of hard dirt
Some signage to keep me going in the right direction...especially when I return
Where this uphill road goes I've yet to investigate
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xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.......Move over, PopsxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxThe landscape is beginning to look familiar...I believe that's Sky Haven
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xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx........These fence wires intrigue mexxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx..............They'll do nicely
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxespecially the way the sun illuminates themxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.............Though it's not the same place I was
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxNow all I need is the human elementxxxxxxxxxxxxxxI had to backtrack briskly when I saw these bicyclists coming
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxThey're the same guys in my previous picture, but they were going the other way
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx....I guess they knew I needed humans in this picture, as well
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xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxAnother setting where I could use the human touchxxxxxxxxxxxxx.....Such as this runner
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There's that lake

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Took this shot before...but not with the lake as glowing
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It's not that hot today, but still...
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Ye ole volcano
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Back to fence wires...and there's that runner again
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Get out your skis
Well it looks like snow
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I'm now heading back to the park
Sun getting low so casting great shadows
Hope I don't get caught in that giant spider web
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xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxDid someone carve a heart in my trunk?xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxI know, I've got a big mouth
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xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxNo, I don't know what's on the end of my nosexxxxxxxxxxxxxxxYou think your dentist is better??
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xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.............So whatta feeling so low down about?xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxPart of female anatomy
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Source material
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Looks a little different than 2 hours ago
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l think he sees me taking this picture
Hey I'm just shooting the reflection...your wife got in the way
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And so I bid adieu to Old Riparian Park --for now
There's other trails to explore, including that uphill one
According to the map, there are miles and miles of trails here

i ANOTHER DAY