Sweetwater (San Diego) – 5 months after the fires 'View from the Trail'

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originally posted in the Passion forum here: http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=399161

This is a ride report that really needs few words. It was so beautiful, I cried. So without further ado, here is my ride. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

It’s been about five months since the San Diego fires. I went out to Sweetwater Reservoir to climb Mama Miguel and see what effect the winter rains and spring sunshine had on the mountain. I was stunned. The regenerative powers of nature never cease to amaze me…

Mt Miguel in the distance, from the top of Mama Miguel, March 2008.

I’d never seen the aftermath of a forest fire…

For comparison, I’m posting my photos from October alongside recent ones taken at about the same spot.

Oct 2007 – residence at the edge of the flames. Any lands that are still golden were not burned in the fires.

Mar 2008

Oct 2007 – bird overcome by smoke; we put the stones around him because it seemed wrong just to leave him

Mar 2008 – birds hear me coming and take to flight

Oct 2007 – hard-fought battle by the powerplant

Mar 2008

Oct 2007

Mar 2008

Oct 2007

Mar 2008

Oct 2007

Mar 2008 – same place; follow the trail up the hill

Oct 2007

Mar 2008

Oct 2007

Mar 2008

Oct 2007

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Oct 2007
Sweetwater Reservoir

Mar 2008

This report is dedicated to the firefighters and others who fought for the Reservior, our homes, and all we hold dear. Thank you.
-sunny

My original ride report from one week after the fires can be found on my blog:
The Bruise Chronicles

(the post-fires ride edition): http://bruisechronicles.blogspot.com/2007/10/tuesday-ride-103007-through-fire-area.html

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  • Gregg says:

    thanks for the great write up and pics, Sunny!

    quite an eye opener.

  • Matt says:

    It just goes to show how amazing nature is

  • Loo says:

    Awesome comparisons. We are always fighting back nature but she will always win. When we’re gone she will remain.

  • Sue says:

    Nice pics looks like good riding country
    You know burning small vegetation actualy puts lots of nuterents back into the ground, also it kills the parasites. Not so good when trees are involved.

  • adam says:

    “You know burning small vegetation actualy puts lots of nuterents back into the ground, also it kills the parasites. Not so good when trees are involved.”

    This is true, but when it happens too often, like, over every couple years – as opposed to every 20-50 years – the chaparral of san deigo hills does not have time to fully recover and so faster growing invasive species will take over the area. for better or worse.

  • ntg says:

    Nice pics dude! Someone needs to suck in their gut on that last one though!

  • Anonymous says:

    wow. that was awesome. love how nature is able to grow even after soemthing terrible like that.

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