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May 1, 2010 / Steve

Day 121 – Easement Trails

The communities around us (Carlsbad, La Costa, Olivenhain, Encinitas) have a great network of trails largely built upon the easements between properties. Coming to San Diego from Long Beach, and the metro LA area before that, this has always seemed like a huge luxury to us. Within 10 minutes walk from our house in the burbs, we can be on trails in the middle of a citrus orchard or petting horses at one of several nearby horse corrals.

The weather has been great, and I was out enjoying it. I have seen this view before and even planned to photograph it prior to today; only I forgot to put the memory card in my camera on that day, so I carried my camera on the whole walk without being able to use it. Well, I remembered it today but the picture still doesn’t quite do a justice to the rolling, citrus laden hills of Olivenhain.

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  1. Natalie / May 3 2010 9:48 AM

    As much as I despise HOAs and the bureacracy, there is something to be said for the planned community with trails such as this. This looks like it’d be a great walk. Everything looking so lush.

    • Steve / May 3 2010 9:55 AM

      To avoid HOA’s here, you have to either move way east, or shell out the big bucks for a neighborhood with custom homes. Almost everything around us is planned communities. Ever see the show Weeds? Their theme song sums it up for our area:

      *”Little boxes on the hillsides… they’re all made out of ticky-tacky, and they all look just the same”* http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8StRAJCork

      With that being said, our area is definitely the lesser of evils, preserving a good amount of open areas and lots of trail systems. I wouldn’t move back to LA county if someone paid me to.

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