My June 2018 Photo of the Month is Riverlake, a photograph taken of the San Diego River in Santee, California.
One of the most important features in the area is the San Diego River. The community I live in, Santee, is also bisected by the San Diego River. A challenge I have found is that it is tough to find good viewpoints of the River itself.
The San Diego River Foundation is diligently working on an uninterrupted trail from Volcan Mountain to Ocean Beach. This is also the case in Santee, with several trail sections and areas where pathways are not yet established. There are also a number of trace trails made by people. For that reason, while walking the trail system in town, I have stayed on the official trail.
Recently, near a large flat, I took a quick break. Looking around, I noticed something out of place. It sure seemed like there was a pedestrian bridge over the San Diego River. I went ahead and walked South and sure enough, there was a nicely-built bridge. Curious where this led, I continued South to see where it led. As I crested over a small hill, I found I was….in the parking lot of a Walmart.
A Future San Diego River Trail
As I have mentioned previously, one of my life goals (once they’re completed) is to hike the San Dieguito River Trail from Torrey Pines to Volcan Mountain, then down the San Diego River Trail from Volcan Mountain to Ocean Beach. I am not getting younger, so I can only hope that they will be complete and ready to hike someday. I hope that includes some places to camp along the way. The projects are ambitious but the finish line may finally be in sight.
As always, thank you for reading, and I hope you enjoy the image.
T.M. Schultze is a San Diego-based photographer, traveller, and writer. He writes, photographs, and draws things of the outdoors that have inspired humans for thousands of years. He co-authored the Photographer’s Guide to Joshua Tree Park which can be purchased here.