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With rain comes a green backcountry

San Diego’s had a good rainy season so far, which means our back country has greened up and that makes for great times for a day trip. It’s amazing how quickly things turn green; our native plants take any moisture and run with it. Within a few days of a rain, the chaparral and coastal sage scrub come alive. Even the oaks perk up.

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Old Highway 80 The well-preserved former U.S. 80 in eastern San Diego County has all the charms of driving on an old country highway. It's Chapter 1 in Joyrides Around San Diego.
Blair Valley Take an easy, off-pavement drive on the western edge of the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. It's good for off-road novices with all-wheel-drive vehicles. Discover beautiful desert vistas, history and have fun all in a couple of hours from San Diego. Chapter 9 in Joyrides Around San Diego.