In North Eastern San Diego County of California, lies Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, which is a place to relax and get back to nature, and breathe air not so polluted by smog. I just love this place.
This is a favorite camp site for horse lovers, as well as those who use Motor Homes, or camping trailers.
Personally, this is my favorite place to get away for a weekend, or a week, if possible. I love to sleep either in my tent, or under the stars. I love the night sounds from owls, raccoons, and coyotes that live in these mountains.
Cuyamaca Rancho State Park is close enough to travel to within a few hours, and far enough from city sights and sounds. I love listening to wonderful relaxing music while sitting around the campfire sharing stories, and singing with friends who have also come along, with their horses.
There is a lake for anyone who cares to fish, and nice large pastureland for the grazing deer that come every morning and evening to quietly graze on green pastures of grasses, flowers, and plenty of fresh water for them to drink from the lake, too.
I loved riding my horse to the peak of the tallest mountain there, which by mountain standards hardly qualifies as a mountain. However, it is tall enough to collect a good amount to snow in the winter, and have pine trees providing shelter and shading riding paths that take you to the top, where you can see practically all of Southern California in the distance from each side.
If you ride to the east side, you will see the Salton Sea in the distance. Riding to the south, you will see over into Mexico, or more correctly, Baja California. Then,when you ride on, to the west, you will see the Pacific Ocean. Continue to the north side, and you will see the layers of smog which blanket Orange and Los Angeles, and Riverside Counties, along with everything between you and the smog.
If you ever get to take a vacation there, be sure you don't forget to walk among the Native American corn grinding areas. There are huge boulders with hundreds of deep holes that were used by the women to grind their corn for mash for cooking.
It is a lovely, and refreshing escape from the hustle and bustle of living practically anywhere there days, and allows you to recharge your batteries.