I found this postcard the other day on eBay and it seems like the perfect thing for Throwback Thursday.

That could be me on the left of this picture, at the Boy Scouts’ Camp Hual-Cu-Cuish in Cuyamaca, supposedly taken in the early 1970s, which was just about the time I’d be at Camp Hual-Cu-Cuish.

It was kind of a ramshackle place, built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s and somehow, at that date, had survived 30 years of teenage boys. It lasted as a Boy Scout camp until 1998, then what was left burned up in the 2003 fire. (Check out the CCC story from CBS Sunday Morning.)

Had some great times there as a kid and it’s one of the reasons I wanted to do a book on the area, which turned into Curves, Dirt and Cuyamaca. It’s not the same, since most of the park’s trees burned in 2003, but it’s still a beautiful place worth visiting if you’re looking for a San Diego day trip.


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