Near Escondido, CA. February 17.
Ten days into our journey and we’re staying with a dear friend in a development near Escondido, Hidden Meadows.
One of our goals over the next six months is the daily act of walking. While this act will become our life on the Camino, we take walks as we can while we travel down the California coast and across the state to the Anza Borrego desert.
Our walk today presented vast expanses of granite formations.
“One of the most striking features of the terrain (between Oceanside to Escondido and out to Ramona and Julian) is the geology. ….
Most of the big boulders you'll see exposed are just big, ol' hunks of granite (or, more accurately, granodiorite). These boulders were created about 80 million years ago during the Cretaceous Period, when blobs of magma were coming up from deep below the surface. That new, igneous material didn't quite make it to the surface (at the time, the land was covered by older basaltic material). These boulders formed below the surface, and are known as intrusive formations. Now and then, you'll notice small pockets in the sides of boulders where the magma intruded into a subterranean pocket, but didn't quite displace all of the older material. The magma cooled slowly underground, and under pressure from the weight of the overlying material, allowing for the formation of larger crystals.” (excerpt from http://www.daleyranch.info/Rocks/daley-ranch-rocks.html)
As a San Diego kid I hiked for hours and hours on granite accented trails while on visits with relatives who lived in several SoCal rural towns.
walk today gave me moments of memories and a continuing respect for the diversity of nature in my world. I love granite!