New Meetup: Biking at Los Peñasquitos Canyon and Mini potluck lunch

From: Mike Flournoy
Sent on: Wednesday, August 12, 2009 5:04 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for San Diego Japanese Language & Culture Group!

What: Biking at Los Pe?asquitos Canyon and Mini potluck lunch

When: August 16, 2009 2:00 PM

Where:
Mike's House
11381 Pegasus Ave
San Diego, CA 92126
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OK, Lets try this again but at a much later time.

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Lets go Mountain Biking a the Los Pe?asquitos Canyon near my house. I often bike one of the many awesome trails here and would like to share the experience with my Japanese Language pals. Halfway up the main trail there is a "water fall" that we can stop at and have a bite to eat. This ride will not be intense and we welcome anybody to join. I have one extra mountain bike that I can let someone use so please let me know. We will be taking the main trail so don't worry if you don't have a "mountain" bike.

We will meet at my house at 2:00pm and ride from there. Make sure you bring water and comfortable clothes.

Mike
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Some info:

Los Pe?asquitos (meaning little cliffs) Canyon Preserve lies between Rancho Pe?asquitos and Sorrento Hills to the north and Mira Mesa to the south. Stretching approximately seven miles from the I-5 and 805 merge to just east of I-15; it encompasses some 4,000 acres of both Pe?asquitos and Lopez Canyons. The Preserve is jointly owned and administered by the City and County of San Diego.

Los Pe?asquitos Canyon Preserve attracts people with its natural beauty and rich natural resources both today and in the past. Native American history within the Preserve dates back as far as 7,000 years ago. Remains of the prehistoric culture can still be found. More recently the area was part of the first Mexican land grant in San Diego County. The historic Santa Maria de Los Pe?asquitos Adobe (ca. 1823) operated by the County of San Diego located at the east end of the Preserve off Black Mountain Road on Canyonside Park Driveway, has been restored and tours are available for school groups and the public. For more information, please call the County Park Rangers at [masked]. The ruins of another adobe, the El Cuervo (ca. 1857), sit at the west end of the Preserve.

Los Pe?asquitos Canyon and its tributary, Lopez Canyon, are characterized by varied natural resources. Over 500 plant species, more than 175 types of birds, and great variety of reptiles, amphibians and mammals evidences the rich bio-diversity of the canyon. Many of these species are rare or endangered and are protected within the Preserve. For safety and the protection of the park's resources, please adhere to Park Rules & Regulations.

Many different geologic formations and soil types make up the steep slopes, riparian stream corridors, flat mesa tops and grassy hillsides of the Preserve. The varying terrains and soil types, in conjunction with continually flowing water, form more than 14 habitat types and support a diverse collection of flora and fauna. The scenery of the canyon includes:

* A waterfall cascading through volcanic rock
* A streamside forest of giant California live oaks.
* Groves of majestic sycamore trees.
* A year-round stream populated by pacific tree frogs, crayfish and largemouth bass.
* A fresh water marsh hosting a variety of aquatic birds including great blue herons, egrets, mallard ducks and more.
* Mule deer, bobcat, coyote, and raccoon are just a few of the mammals than can be observed throughout the Preserve.


Source: http://www.sandiego.gov/park-and-recreation/parks/penasq.shtml

Learn more here:
http://www.meetup.com/SanDiegoJapanese/calendar/11099083/

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