Local Volcano Plug Sits Adjacent to North County Communities (Part II)

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Mt Calavera

Mt Calavera adds a bit of natural history and intrigue to the surroundings communities of Carlsbad, Oceanside and Vista. Not many people realize what the 513 feet hill actually is. For years, scientists have only been estimating how old the volcano is, but the North County Times recently reported that local geologists from the San Diego Natural History Museum and San Diego State University have taken samples of the minerals and plan to age-test it sometime this year.

According to Tom Demere, curator of paleontology at the San Diego Natural History Museum, when Mt Calavera blew many many years ago, it threw out rocks and ash that can be found as far as Chula Vista and National City which are more than 40 miles away.

Oceanside Coastline

The three towns surrounding the preserve each have their own unique character. Carlsbad and Oceanside sit on the coast, and have many visitors and beach-goers. Both coastlines offer miles of beach where locals and tourists alike spend their days. 

 

 

 

Vista sits inland with rolling hills and beautiful views (hence the name). 

Vista

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to the typical businesses throughout these towns, each has agricultural areas where avocados, citrus, strawberries and tomatoes are grown, many horse ranches, and excellent neighborhoods to choose from.  

Each town has easy access to major freeways, making it convenient to get to Los Angeles, Riverside or San Diego.

Carlsbad was named for a famous European spa. In the late 1800's, a fresh-water well was dug to provide water for the trains when they stopped in the village. Later, another well was dug and it was discovered that it produced mineral water--once analyzed, it was found to have equal mineral quality to the popular mineral bath in Karlsbad, Bohemia.  

In part III of my volcano series we'll take a closer look at the City of Carlsbad-it's history, culture and commerce.

I've lived in this area for many many years--it's amazing how much you can miss when you're not paying attention. Sharing this with all of you helps me to take note of the many treasures that I see everyday, but don't always appreciate.

Having lot's of fun! Hope you visit again!

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C Tann-Starr
Tann Starr & Associates, Inc. - Palm Bay, FL

Hey Deb, what a beautiful set of pictures and very interesting post. Thanks for including the links, I enjoyed them as much as your gorgeous eye candy. Keep 'em coming!  :-)

Jul 26, 2008 07:10 PM #1
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Mike Saunders
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Deborah - one of my favorite areas in California. Spent a lot of time around there. Thanks for the geology lesson. Very familiar with the volcanoes of northern Cal, Oregon & Washington but somehow overlooked those in SoCal.

Jul 27, 2008 12:30 AM #2
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Hey Mikey-Mike, isn't that an awesome view. It just makes me want to hike up to the very top so I can see what's beyond it. That would make one heck of a painting... ;-)

Jul 27, 2008 02:15 AM #3
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Deborah Burroughs
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Carolyn, I made sure to include "eye candy" for you!! What medium do you use when painting? I used to sketch a lot and someday I plan to take a painting class--I'm thinking watercolor. On top of Mt Calavera, you can see all the communities surrounding it--to the east you can see Palomar Mountain and to the west you can see the coast--on a clear day you can see 10,000-ft mountains to the north as well. It's a great view from up there.

Mike, when you were in this area, did you live here or were you visiting? The volcanos up north are quite impressive--I've seen pictures of the more famous volcanos up there. I haven't been to Oregon or Washington, but it would be a good trip to take. Mt Calavera is so small that it's easy to overlook. But the folks at Preserve Calavera are very good at getting the word out, and getting people involved. :)

Jul 27, 2008 04:12 AM #4
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Hey Deb, I'm a mixed media artist. I routinely toss in what ever strikes me as being appropriate to obtain an effect. Sometimes I guild genuine copper, bronze, gold and silver onto my canvas. Other times, I'll use only imitation metals embedded in acrylics. I generally like working in oil and acrylic, inks, graphite, do lots of water colors (for the instant gratification). I may actually have to confess to being a bit fickle about my choice of media. It usually boils down to me deciding what I want to do today, although sometimes people will make a specific request for an oil painting. If I accept the assignment then I have to comply... :-)

Jul 27, 2008 05:53 AM #5
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BTW, I linked back to your post on my current tour of homes. Looking forward to the next installment in your series.  :-)

Jul 27, 2008 05:54 AM #6
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Sondra Meyer:
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Deborah, very good write up.  I'm still in awe of the volcano pictures.  Before, I read the comments, I was thinking that the first picture would be a great subject for a painting - even though I do not really know how to paint.  That is why I'm taking pictures. 

C', you know if you are ever so busy that you don't have time for a turtle run, you can always share photos of some more of your art work - especially some of your mixed media. 

Deborah, I'm glad that C' helped me find you! 

Jul 27, 2008 06:41 AM #7
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Deborah Burroughs
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Carolyn, it's no wonder you take such beautiful pictures--you are quite the accomplished artist! Thank for linking to this post (and for the really nice things you wrote)!! I truly appreciate your kindness and support. :)

Sondra, the summer colors here in the area are really spectacular right now, there are lots of reds and yellows. I don't have the best camera, so the pictures really don't do it justice. (What's a turtle run?). Thanks for visiting!

Jul 27, 2008 02:17 PM #8
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Deborah - I lived in the area for over three years, at least when I wasn't in Nam. Loved it. Thanks for asking. Take a trip to Lassen, you can get right up to the plug

Jul 27, 2008 11:25 PM #9
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Deborah Burroughs
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Mike, I hope to be able to visit Lassen soon. My husband and I drove past it on our way home from a road trip a couple of years ago. We wanted to stop but it was the last day of our trip, and we had to get back to San Diego from No Cal in one day! We already had plans to make one stop along the way to see a spectacular waterfall (Mosbrae Falls) near Dunsmuir.

Thanks for the suggestion! And thanks for your service--I mean that wholeheartedly. :)

Jul 28, 2008 04:11 AM #10
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Sean Murphy
Blue Tide Realty - San Clemente, CA

With the recent earthquake I did remenber this post!

Aug 06, 2008 12:42 PM #11
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Deborah Burroughs
San Diego, CA

Hi Sean,

Did you feel the earthquake? I heard a "thump" and then my home shook. It startled my cat. :) I live so close to Camp Pendleton, and hear their explosives from time to time, that I tend to ignore those sounds, and if I hadn't been on the phone with someone--I'm not sure I would have even realized it was an earthquake. Thanks for visiting...

 

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