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Lake Morena, Campo, California

My son, the dogs and I decided to go up to Lake Morena in Southern California and do some trail magic. 

What is trail magic? It is anything you do to help a thru hiker on their long distance journey across the country. 

I live about 50 miles from the Pacific Crest Trail. This trail is 2,650 miles long stretching from Canada to Mexico. The people that started the journey in 2018 left in June or July from Canada. They are just starting to trickle in to our neighborhood. What a journey that must be.

By the time they get to Lake Morena, they have 20 miles left until the end at the southern terminus of the trail at the Mexican Border. 

We thought it would be fun to go meet some of these folks, hand out some trail magic, do a little hiking ourselves and let the dogs get some much needed exercise. 

We served, sandwiches with fresh tomato, avocado, sliced beef, and crunchy lettuce. Along with applesauce and chocolate pudding, chips, nuts and candy. To drink we had cold bottled water, and Gatorade as well. 

 It was a beautiful day. Here is what this area looks like along with a few interesting facts. 

#1 The dam

was finished in 1912 and is 167 feet high, and 550 feet long. The lake did not fill in the years to come. 

In 1916 the city hired "The Rainmaker" Charles Hatfield who offered to fill the lake by building towers and releasing chemicals into the air. 

By Jan. 10th flooding rains began and filled the lake at a rate of two feet an hour. It filled and spilled on Jan. 26th. The rest of the county experienced major flooding, washed out bridges, flooded towns and villages, killing 50 people. 

The city claimed that the rains were an "Act of God" and told Hatfield if he tried to collect the 10K he would have to pay for all the damages caused by the rain. 

He never collected the money. 

#2 Pacific Crest Trail

 Lake Morena Park is a major hub for the Pacific Crest Trail.  

This is the PCT campground.  

1,200 hikers came through this campsite and signed the register in 2017 on their journey northbound. 

#3 The campsite

Luna loves to camp!! I call the tent a house, I say go in the house, and she goes in and lays down. Notice my stove? 

#4 Miles to run

Luna was in awe at the wide open space. This is almost desert, but it is 3000 feet above sea level. That whole area you see that is flat was the lake at one time. She learned what a fire ant was. It was so pathetic, her front paw got stung, she hopped around on three feet for two hours. 

#5 The shadows

are getting long. That grass started to glow with gold. 

#6 The lake

is only at 6% full, leaving this area dry. I still think its so pretty. More like what the natives saw before that dam was built.

#7 I looked up

and noticed this pair of Cooper's Hawks watching me...

#8 Closer..

I love hawks. 

#9 The other one

They sure look fat and healthy. 

#10 Before and Now

The above photo is from the 70's and the bottom is now. 

San Diego owns the water, and drained the lake to 6%. It is still a beautiful place, we met some really awesome people, and had a great day. 

I hope you have a great day as well! 

What do you think?

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Written by Kim_Johnson

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