CALAVERA LAKE

BRUCE KLIEWE...ALL RIGHTS RESERVED,
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So where is this Calavera Lake.  I followed the directions on google maps and discovered, as with Lake San Marcos, that access encounters No Trespassing signs.  So I return to Tamarack Ave. --where I turned off College Ave. onto, and continue down.  Ah ha, the official access to the lake.  I see only street parking
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My first view of the lake

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A homeless encampment??
Not the best place to Hang one's clothes
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This is the Dam
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I'm walking up the trail as seen on the left in the dam photo
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A mini Calavera
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xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxIt's not a smooth path...as across the dam --damnxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxKeep your eyes on the trail, Bruce
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Now looking back towards the path I came down from the street
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xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx...I'm walking parallel to the lakexxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx...........A multi-use path
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Blue Heron at 11 o'clock
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xxxxI don't see how to get down to this shoreline
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xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx...xIf I want to climb the mountain this is thexxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxOK, so it wasn't that bad a climb
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxuphill route I seemingly need to take...hmmxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxAs for going back down...
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.Not sure I want to do too much climbing today
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I've got a little bit of elevation now under my belt...or under my feet
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xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxOh...ok, think this is far as I'll go todayxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.So I'll just use the telephoto and see who's at the top
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And without the magnification
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xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.Hey, does he see me taking his picture?xxxxxThese people passed me as they struggled uphill, so it appears they made it all the way
xxxxxxxxxxxxx.Actually, he raised his arms first --seemingly in triumph
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Now I'm back at ground level
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xxxWHO KNEW.!!!
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Beyond the fence --don't know why it's there-- I spot this rock balancing
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And this...hmm, appears this needs other initials
Unless this person's in love with themself
The circle one appears incomplete
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xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx....................Now what's this guy up to?
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xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx......He keeps going up --with his 2 dogsxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxAppears he's going up, what --to the top??
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Yep, the guy climbed all the way up
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xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx....I see a couple of facesxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx..Need a reminder
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I'm walking in the opposite direction...for how far, don't know
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xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxI remarked to this young mother that they must have giant gophers here --she laughed
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Sage Creek High School
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Looking Southeast
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It appears I'm going up to the top...though still a ways from
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xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx..A couple of more hiking, biking enthusiastsxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxGuess the guy's been riding a lot today --uphill
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The NRG Cabrillo Power...electric utility co. (tower)
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Now from above...though this is quite magnified
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xxxxxxxWell what do you know, I'm up in the same area I saw from below...on top of the volcano
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Calavera Hills Elementary School (green field)
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EColllege Blvd. and housing beyond

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Didn't see this layout --or could make it out-- from the ground
Don't know the purpose for...looks like beginning of a labyrinth
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A lot of trails down there
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Now what's this all about??
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"Google" says IKAIKA means "strong" or strength in Hawaiian
Does this shrine refer to a person?
There was also an Orca whale named Ikaika who performed at Sea World
but "Love You, Dad" wouldn't seem to apply
So the mystery remains
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Similar Southeast shot
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Now to get back down to ground level.  I could backtrack so I know just where I'm going.  But I'd like to shorten the distance since I'm getting a little tired after all this walking and climbing.  So if I could find a downward trail near the volcano then I'd be back close to the dam --and my starting point.  And I find such a path and start down.  BIG MISTAKE.  It starts to get very steep after I've descended a ways.  I can't remain standing, I'll need to sit down and hope I don't slide.  Damn, just washed these pants
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Finally get to where I can stand up again.  It was an actual trail I was on, so didn't think it would just do a drop off.  It would have been very slippery going up.  It was a short cut as compared with backtracking
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xxxxxxxAnd it brings me back to this spot, where there's now...an egret?...2 egrets??


The blue heron taking off...same one as earlier --I think
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xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxSculpture in the lakexxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.....Double sculpture...has its eye on you
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Easy does it
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Meeting of the canines
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Four-legged or two-legged
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Back to the roadway my parting shot
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Well, ok...can't pass up bicycle and kids with skateboards
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 ANOTHER DAY

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