This summer, why not try an evening walk at Mission Trails Regional Park? The park, located just across the line in San Diego, encompasses some magnificent scenery, including riparian woods, meadowlands, and much more. Walks begin around dusk, starting at the Kumeyaay Lake Campground entry (just off Mission Gorge Rd. on the west side of Santee), and last about an hour and a half. The walks are free, but the number of people is limited, so you need to call ahead to reserve space.
On walks in previous summers I have seen bats, birds, tarantulas, and a rattlesnake. Well-trained guides lead the walk, explaining the ins and outs of the park and its inhabitants. They will also give you some background on the human history of the area, usually including a stop at some grinding stones. This is a fun way to spend a Saturday evening.
Upcoming walks are July 18, August 1, August 15, August 29, and September 19.
Santee Lakes once again invites you to come late and enjoy a movie under the stars as their Movies by the Lake series returns for 2009. Film fans can begin setting up around 6:00 pm, games for kids start about 7:00 pm, and the movie kicks off at 8:00 pm. The films are free, although there is an $8.00 parking fee per vehicle – so load up the minivan or SUV with the neighborhood kids and head on down. This year’s schedule is:
July 10 – Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D
July 24 – Kung-Fu Panda
August 7 – Hotel for Dogs
August 21 – Bolt
The self-styled “San Diego’s Most Wanted Country Band,” Southbound Jonny, brings their “Ass Kickin’ Country” music to the Trolley Square amphitheater on July 9. As always, the concert starts at 6:30 pm and continues until 8:00 pm. Come down early, pick a good spot, bring a snack or money to buy something at one of the area eateries, and just enjoy some good ol’ community time.
Coming up July 16 – Spectrum, a high-energy dance band to get you up and “movin’ and groovin’.”