John & Anne Wiley

2011/04/09

Nowhere

Could anyplace be nowhere, or is paradise arrayed everywhere around and within us? My answer as you’ve guessed, tends toward the latter. 🙂

There’s a place locals call the “bridge to nowhere” that has a lot of somewhere about it for us.

6737 Bridge to Somewhere

6737 Bridge to Somewhere

It crosses Highway 154 just North of Foothill/Cathedral Oaks, and opens a world of adventure for those who go there. The formal name is Salvar Bridge and it was presumably built in anticipation of housing development that (so far) hasn’t happened. When wildfires have scorched our mountains, helicopters and fire crews have used the short road as a staging area. Hang gliders launched from the mountains land there. Radio control model plane enthusiasts gather there to fly their cool toys. At the top (North) end, hikers and bikers have used it for years as the entrance to the area locally known as the San Marcos Foothills. Because it’s a bit above town and open, sunsets there can be especially spectacular when the whole dome of sky lights up to overwhelm the viewer unimpeded.

6737 Cycle Jump Closeup?

6737 Cycle Jump Closeup?

This closeup cropped from the bottom (South) end of the short road seems to reveal a spot used for jumping with bikes. We didn’t see it last time there a few months ago, so maybe it’s new. Looks like concrete or something similar has been put on part of it, and they turn around on the dirt next to the intersection at the top-left of this closeup. Below is a snap of the whole area taken a moment later as we passed. Though it’s hazy due to looking more in the direction of the late afternoon sun, it gives an impression of how wonderful it is to walk these hills. Maybe contemplating the opposite of nowhere as each step brings us closer to someplace quiet within.

6739 San Marcos Foothills

6739 San Marcos Foothills

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