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Green Valley Campground - A short overnight camping trip in Cuyamaca

Green Valley Campground - A short overnight camping trip in Cuyamaca

I knew that Veteran's Day was coming up and Soph wouldn't have school, so I decided to take her to Cuyamaca for the night. Her cousins wanted to join her, too. So, three of us fathers, with a total of four daughters packed up two family tents and a bunch of food and headed to the mountains. Since it was late when we arrived, we decided to pull off at Green Valley Campground, rather than taking the extra time to make it to Paso Picacho. The center of attention

In the chilly dark, the kids got to eat around the campfire and play in a big family tent. The S'mores were a big hit. The wine was nice once the kids were snuggled into their sleeping bags.

Camping essentials

The next morning, we stoked the fire and had hot dogs and pop tarts. When the sun finally poked through the clouds, it was time to explore the area.

Good morning in the tent

Ready for breakfast at Green Valley

Our camp kitchen at Green Valley

Critter visitor

Our campsite

A color spot

The kids made some sort of grass juice using plants they had found, as well as a Kumeyaay mortero they had uncovered.


Unearthed mortero

Mortero in use

Kids time

On the way out we saw deer and turkey in the adjacent meadows. We even had a racoon visitor in the night get into our trash.

Turkeys in the meadow

The highlight of the trip for me was when my niece, since this was her first time at a campsite, said, "Camping was awesome! Thank you!"

That's all I could ask for.

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Foot pain diagnosis: Morton's Neuroma

Foot pain diagnosis: Morton's Neuroma