Local Volcano Plug Sits Adjacent to North County Communities

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In a previous blog, I wrote about my top 5 things to do in the North County. One of the items on my list was a visit the local volcano.

Mt Calavera

 There are only three of them in southern California and we have one right here in Carlsbad. This 513 ft volcano is extinct and poses no harm to the many surrounding neighbors, but a very, very long time ago, it did blow!! The lava cooled, solidified, and over time the surrounding minerals eroded away leaving behind what is known as a volcanic plug. I participated in a "geology hike" last month, which was so interesting because this is an area that I hike in at least once a week-I had no idea that what I was seeing on the hillsides was really lava (and other stuff)!! Known as Mt Calavera, the volcano sits within the boundaries of Preserve Calavera. While the preserve itself is in Carlsbad, its surrounding neighborhoods include Oceanside and Vista. Neighbors overlooking the preserve

 

The preserve is only 2 miles away from the Pacific Ocean--neighbors have great access to, and views of, the preserve.

 

Some lucky folks are able to walk out their front door and head down the trail for views of bunnies, lizards, birds, geese, ducks, flowers and more!!

 Carsbad Neighborhoods

The preserve is such a nice place to escape to--when you get out on the trail, you feel like you're miles away from the hustle and the busy-ness of life.

This is an introduction to the area... there's so much to talk about, like the Carlsbad, Vista and Oceanside communities that benefit from being adjacent to the preserve. More to come...  

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Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
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Is that sort of round area above the tree tops in the first photo where the volcano is located? I, too, love hiking in secluded areas. Where one can't even hear an airplane overhead and it's totally quiet. Good for escapism and relaxation.

elizabeth weintraub sacramento real estate

Jul 20, 2008 05:09 AM #1
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Deborah Burroughs
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Oops!! Actually, Elizabeth, I initially didn't include a photo of the volcano (sometimes I can't see the forest through the trees, if you know what I mean). Thanks for asking where it was--it prompted me to add a photo of it. The homeowners in the bottom picture overlook the volcano as they look south-east. There's a man-made lake there, too, where folks go fishing, and get the chance to watch the ducks and geese.

Jul 20, 2008 05:26 AM #2
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C Tann-Starr
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Deb, too funny!  I'm so glad you added the additional photograph! What lovely views! I'm looking forward to your next installment to learn more about this very unique area.  Please keep the photographs coming. You know how much I love my eye candy!  :-)

Jul 20, 2008 05:36 AM #3
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Christina

Great pics and intro to the preserve! It is a great place for the out-doorsie types.

Looking forward to the "More to come" part. :)

Jul 21, 2008 04:38 AM #4
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Deborah Burroughs
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Thank you, Christina, for visiting and commenting!! Part II should be out soon. :)

Jul 21, 2008 06:20 AM #5
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Sondra Meyer:
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Deborah, I like your pictures.  I've never seen a volcano before nor have I thought about what the area looks like years later.  It looks like you have some really interesting areas to explore in your area. 

Jul 21, 2008 12:42 PM #6
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Deborah Burroughs
San Diego, CA

Hi Sondra, thanks for stopping by, and for the complement on my pics (coming from you, I consider that a great complement). There are many hidden treasures in this area. I only wish I had time to visit them more often. :)

Jul 22, 2008 01:47 AM #7
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Kathy McGraw
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Deborah- Although I lived and worked in that area for years I don't know where this is.  Very interesting....I might try to find it this week-end.  If I am in Carlsbad how do I find it?

Jul 22, 2008 06:01 PM #8
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Deborah Burroughs
San Diego, CA

Hi Kathy, the preserve is on the northeast side of Carlsbad. I always approach it from the Oceanside side because that's closest to me. But, there is also access from the Calavera Hills community. I'm not sure of the exact street name (I think it may Strata Dr), but I'll find out. In the meantime, here's the link for the preserve http://www.preservecalavera.org/calavera.html Enjoy!! :)

Jul 23, 2008 01:38 AM #9
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Kathy McGraw
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Deborah- Thanks.. you are pretty close to us...well actually I am in Banning, and work in Whitewater, but I lived for years in Leucadia, and my daughter now lives in Carlsbad.  Maybe we can meet one of these days :)

Jul 23, 2008 01:26 PM #10
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Deborah Burroughs
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Hi Kathy, I would love to meet next time you're in the area!! Give me a jingle. Leucadia's a nice town; what made you leave?

Jul 23, 2008 03:06 PM #11
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