Monday, September 6, 2010

Devil's Punchbowl

Today we crossed one more item off of our "San Diego To-Do" list. Mark and Katy (along with Maybe and Gunner) joined us for a hike to Devil's Punchbowl (also known as Cedar Creek Falls). Four and a half miles round trip with a 1,200ft elevation change--the hike was incredible. At the bottom of the trail, there was a waterfall and swimming hole (for lack of a better term). The water was pretty cool but VERY refreshing. We packed a picnic and had lunch by the water fall under a tree.

Since we haven't had much rain recently, the waterfall was more like a trickle and the water level was about two feet low (it was only about 5ft deep in the center). The waterfall is about 90ft high and is a popular spot for cliff divers--fortunately there were no cliff divers while we were there.

The trip back up was a little more difficult than we had anticipated but both of the kids did great. Noah slept in the backpack carrier (courtesy of Abel) and Bella walked the whole way. She's quite a trooper and complained very little.

The amazing view. This section of Ramona sees wildfires every few years but the vegetation always grows back. The last fire through this are was about 2 years ago.

Maybe with saddlebags.

Abel and Noah.

One of the few shade trees.

Gunner, Mark, Abel, and Noah.

Abel and Noah on a steep section of the hike.

Abel and Bella swimming.

The waterfall.

Your illustrious photographer. Since I'm usually the one taking photos, there aren't many of me!

Mark and a boulder.

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