Lake Hodges

We have a beautiful lake not far from home. It has lots of great hiking trails all around it, but no way to cross over it….

…until last week that is, when, after 3 years of construction, the new $10 million pedestrian bridge opened!

Of course we had to visit!

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At 990 feet, it is the world’s longest “Stress Ribbon Bridge.”

Stress-ribbon bridges have suspension cables embedded in their concrete decks. They also need fewer pillars so they are less damaging to the environment. The bridges, more common in Europe, can carry light loads but not heavy vehicles.

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So, come on – let’s give it a go!

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I bet you are wondering why there are so many dead trees in the water….?

Well, during our times of drought, this end of the lake dries up and soon you have a forest growing in the lake bed. Then when the rains come, the lake fills back up, those trees drown and die…..it’s a VICIOUS cycle!

(You did know that San Diego is classified as a desert, right? Yep – less than 9 inches of rainfall per year. And did you know we get 100% of that rain between the months of December and April? Yep – never rains a drop the other 7 months of the year. So during that dry spell, our reserviors empty. Lately our rains haven’t been filling them back up though, so they are really low right now…!)

Okay – enough about rain – back to the hike around the lake:

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Course you KNOW that while we were out hiking we would be searching for a geocache,

…but when we arrived at the cache site – we noticed it was being GUARDED!

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Thankfully, once he saw we were official geocachers, he let us access the treasure.

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And just cuz you’ve read all the way down this far, I’m going to give you a hint about tomorrow’s blog….

It involves the monster that lives in Lake Hodges!

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