CALAVERA LAKE
(6)

BRUCE KLIEWE...ALL RIGHTS RESERVED,
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A new approach to the lake.  I'm continuing up College Blvd., past Tamarack --which is the official entrance-- to Carlsbad Village Dr.  Or actually across the street from it onto Peninsula Ave.  This entrance will get me to the other side of Mt. Calavera (the volcano).  If I decide to climb the mountain again, this is a more gradual ascent
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Well, this provides a different perspective of Mt. Calavera
It also looks a good distance away...though the camera lens is at the extreme wide angle (so things look farther away)
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Then to the opposite extreme
Looks like people at the top
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Looking southwest
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Ok, time to get this show on the road.  I've changed into my hiking boots (this time) and have my walking stick...which I didn't take and didn't need last time
Here come a couple of guys --with dog
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As I quickly discover, this is all downhill
Which of course means uphill on the return trip
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Downhill, and looking like a fault line runs right down the middle of the trail
Appears to be a popular dog walk
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xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx..I've started down a ways, then...xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx......turn around
It's not too late to go back
And that's what I do
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Peering over "the edge"...down where this guy is with his dog, it gets steeper.  I see the flat trail  W A Y  down there.  Again, what goes down must come back up.  Can't go any other way since my car is up here (and what the map shows)
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I'm back up ontop when this woman with dog appears
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So what to do now.  I certainly don't want to call it a day.  Guess I'll go back down to the Tamarack entrance and try to find a different trail
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Dam...there's a familiar sight
Mountain appears a lot closer now
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I attempt to find a path that will take me "north" of the mountain.  I start off by taking a dirt path to the right of the main entrance concrete roadway.  It appears to be going in the direction I want to go.  But it concludes at a wide asphalt path, and --a wire fence; not barbed wire, thank goodness.  This is covered wire --and only 3 strands.  So I'm able to duck under with relative ease (nothing to get caught on).  Then I see the sign.  NO ACCESS BEYOND THIS POINT...WILDLIFE HABITAT
Well, I didn't see any sign at the end I entered, so...
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Anyway, this asphalt path continues to go straight, but it's on This side, while i want to be on the mountain side.  There's no way across the forest of brush, so I guess I need to go back to the dam --damn.
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Now what's this??
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What's Jupiter doing here??
I don't see the explanation at first...so continue my retreat back to the dam
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Now there's Mars?
Ah, now I see it's a Solar System Walk
I've missed 3 other planets...or 4 if Pluto hadn't been excluded yet
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Looks familiar
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Looks foreboding
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Talk about global warming
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And there's the culprit
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There's this large culvert down below the main path to the dam
I'm wondering if it will get me where I want to go

This is round the bend --from the previous photo
Is that a path up ahead??
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If it is, it looks quite impassable
And no way to scale that "wall"
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I guess this culvert is for water --when it rains
Again, it's below the main path
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Looks like the only way to get to the other side
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Oh, I think I've been spotted...even though I'm a good distance away
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On the other side of the dam, I've had to walk the rocky path and go uphill a ways --as though I were going up the mountain--  to get to the plateau I was at on a previous hike.  This is where the sign is announcing Mt. Calavera as being an extinct volcano.  Now I can continue down the path that takes me to the west side of the mountain --and the more gradual climb to the top
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It's while on this path that I shoot these people higher up on the mountain
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Not the same people
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But it is this family
Not too close to the edge now
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Here's that father again, with his son on his back
Of course I was mainly shooting the ground formation
but always like a human for scale
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It looks like some kind of shrine
But I don't see any writing
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There's that transmission tower again...as seen on the last hike
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Looking West
I'm starting to climb the mountain
Though don't think I'm going all the way to the top
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Looking East
Tamarack Dr. and water tank
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Ye ole water treatment plant on the coast, again
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Looks like a ballgame going on at Sage Creek High School
The runners are on the run
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xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxI watched as #31 walked, then stole 2nd...then stole 3rdxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx...............A fan
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Well it looks like I climbed to the top, after all (now my 2nd time up here)
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The labyrinth below
I shot it previously, but don't think the lighting was this good
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One more time living dangerously
I'm really about a foot away from the edge...now as long as the ground doesn't giveway
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Redux...but from a higher elevation
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Wonder who mows it?
Down there on the left path is where I was last hike
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xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.l guess that's a walkable pathxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxLike father like son
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxl think your dad has the technique down
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xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxFirst you pick up a large rockxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxThen you crash it down on another rock
l asked the dad if he was subjecting his sons to hard labor --he laughed
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xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.A moment of contemplationxxxxxxxxxxxx.xxlt looks like a cross
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xxxOver the edge
Taken on the way down in my parachute
Or am I base jumping
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Ah yes, I remember this from the last time
Though looks like more items now
Still don't know if it's a shrine of some type

..A lot less beads hanging, and only one flag then
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Seems like nothing gets disturbed
As for being taken...
Maybe something is left in return --as with geocaching
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xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.xxxxl wanted to get them with the water tankxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx........Smile pretty for mama
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Parting shot
I'll be back down on the dam, subsequently
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That is, if I don't get sidetracked by all these paths
The main thing is to keep going down...and not too much to the south
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l'm back on the main trail I came on
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The perspective I had before
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xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.....xxlt's a long ways down, kidxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxNow what's going on here??
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Don't like his positioning...but someone's coming
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Oh, ok, she's with these people
Now it looks like she's an older sister (didn't realize it was a female)
Whew...didn't know what I was maybe about to witness
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Almost back to the dam
Nice placement of people
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And then I see it --in the lake
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The reflecting Cirrus clouds are making a beautiful pattern

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Then with the wind blown rippling of the water

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Ah, now we have duckies to add to the mix
Of course they also disturb the water
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But I'd say they're adding to the beautiful pattern
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Where'd he come from??
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These I know are Quail

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Back to the clouds

Or reflections
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Hey Sam, how are ya --it's been a long time
I hear you been on the other end of the lake

Well you know
I've been trying to make some waves --or at least a few ripples
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Suddenly, a flurry of feathers, as the quail fly into the lake

And there's the disrupters
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The red is people walking by
The water too choppy to make them more discernable

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I keep shooting, though not sure if I'm duplicating

What took me so long??
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Now I can't help myself
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If this were film, cut it by at least a 1/3

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I think I'm through
There's the shoreline, where I've been before --but not with these clouds
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And not with this beautifully reflective surface

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That's it for today
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 ANOTHER DAY