It was a nice day today. Overcast with a slight breeze. We decided to take another trip out to Daley (pronounced Daily) Ranch and hike some more trails. We left the condo at 11:30 and were on the trails before noon. We returned to the truck 4 1/2 hours and almost 8 kilometers (5 miles) later.
The red line is where we walked the first time we were here. The green line is today’s route.We found 15 caches and had one DNF (Did Not Find). And we both logged our 1600th cache!
This house is across the road from the parking lot at the entrance to Daley Ranch. You can even see vehicles parked in the lot. Further photos will show how far from that house we hiked. We made a slight error in direction and hiked .17 mile to the wrong intersection, which meant we had to hike back up the hill to take the correct fork. Here is the house again, in the distance. Not long after this we take a fork onto Coyote Run and head in another direction which puts the house behind the ridge.
These poor tiny ants have been working diligently to dam up the entrance to their nest since all the rain. The recent rains have really done a number on a lot of the trails. Lunch break.Coyote Run trail joined Sage trail just a little below the water tower in the upper left of this photo. We leave it in the distance as well as we turn the corner toward the ranch entrance. We were treated to some lovely views of east Escondido as we climbed. The house at the parking lot is now behind the ridge on the far right. This section of trail leads all the way down to the East Valley Road off in the far left. We didn’t go that way. The Ranch entrance and the truck was off to the right . If you look very hard you can make out the water tower in the far middle distance. As we paused to find John’s 1600th cache a couple of nice horses came by. I have found four caches more than John so I found my 1600th a little while earlier. It was a nice easy curve downward to the bottom, the truck, and a hot bath once we got to the condo.