Lakeside Stories

The Lindo Lake Goose

We have a delightful park here in East County San Diego known as Lindo Lake. As lakes go it's small but often visited. The walking path around the lake is approximately 1-1/2 miles and most ...

Lakeside Christian Church

I arrived early for the 10:40 a.m. contemporary service at Lakeside Christian Church; Bible study was just finishing up its session in the dim adobe (!) church. (The two arched alcoves in the sanctuary were ...

The Leak on Water Hill Road

Since February 13 there has been a continuous flow of water coming down Water Hill Road and onto Marilla Drive in Lakeside. The source of the leak is a valve beneath a six-inch-in-diameter manhole-type cover ...

Pinched

I recently drove home to Lakeside on the 67 so I could stop at Sarita’s taco shop for a burrito. While stopped at the 67/Mapleview intersection, a truck caught my eye. A repo truck. You ...

Electroride

“One electric motorcycle, called the ‘Killacycle,’ goes from zero to sixty in one second,” says Paul Thomas, organizer of the Kick Gas Festival, an electric-car-racing and eco-fair event being held at the Barona Drag Strip ...

Indian givers

The long-running dispute between the Barona Indians and their neighbors over pumping water for the tribe’s golf course apparently demanded a recent firsthand inspection by county supervisor Ron Roberts. On February 20, according to recently ...

No Lie

Rose turns her back on me. She picks up the phone. “Hello? No, I don’t see him.” She puts the phone down. “I can’t tell a lie,” she says. “I’m telling the truth! If I ...

Fire recovery is a work-in-progress at Oakoasis Open Space Preserve near Lakeside

Serene Oakoasis Open Space Preserve covers 397 acres of oak woodland, boulder-studded hillsides, and young chaparral vegetation recovering from the 2003 Cedar Fire. Try visiting during winter, when the air is clean and fresh, or ...

The Sarcastic Killer

San Diego’s mean streets

A boy 3-1/2 months old was the youngest homicide victim in San Diego County during the first half of 2007. The oldest was a 75-year-old woman. Both were killed by family members, allegedly, the infant ...

Classic San Diego

In corners and beneath our noses.

Most-Filmed Wild West Main Street Don't look yet. Turn off Woodside onto Maine and behold a li'l old Wild West street that'll knock your spurs off. It huddles beneath a perfect movie-set backdrop of towering ...

Flattered and Scared

I attended a party that Jamison, a hairstylist, hosted at the Abbey Cafe in Hillcrest. I asked Jamison about his name, and he joked about his mother being drunk on Jameson Irish Whiskey when he ...

Best of 2003: Best Place To Hunt Mullets

Barona Speedway Wildcat Canyon Road, Lakeside www.baronaspeedway.com Fans of Billy Ray Cyrus may recall the fashion statement also known as the Tennessee Top Hat, the Kentucky Waterfall, the Camaro Cut, and Hockey Hair. Those sporting ...

Best of 2003: Best Dog Trainer

American Canine Training 11724 Johnson Lake Road, Lakeside 619-561-6768 Chris's house calls get pooches to listen and behave. He trains them, then teaches you how to repeat the commands and get the same results. The ...

Electric Water, Shocked Fish

The gate below the dam at San Vicente Reservoir in Lakeside is closed when I arrive just before 10:00 o'clock on a late-April morning. The lake is closed to recreational fishing today. But I'm here ...

Bring the kids along for a mini-hike at Stelzer County Park, tucked amid the bouldered hills near Lakeside.

Stelzer County Park features 314 acres' worth of trails, campsites, picnic tables, and a small "Nature Studies Interpretive Center" set alongside Wildcat Canyon Road northeast of Lakeside. The park's core area was designed to accommodate ...

Lakeside's Big Man

There are roughly six million boys between the ages of 16 and 18 living in the United States. There are approximately 26,400 high schools and close to that number of starting centers playing on high ...

Tackle severe ups and downs on the old mining track through El Capitan Open Space Reserve near Lakeside.

If you have the fortitude to tackle some killer ups and downs, try the surprisingly challenging hiking route to El Cajon Mountain, a picturesque East County landmark. Your primary destination is the 3675-foot-high point along ...

Best of 2001: Best Place To Sample Local Indian Culture

Barona Cultural Center and Museum 1095 Barona Road, Lakeside 619-443-7003, ext. 219 Opened in January 2000, it's the first tribal museum in the county and admission is free. The most impressive feature is the full-size ...

Best of 2001: Best Concert In A Living Room

Dark Thirty Productions House Concerts Eucalyptus Hills, Lakeside 619-443-9622 www.darkthirty.com When Jimmy Duke throws a concert at his house, it's worth the drive to East County. Eight to ten times a year, the gigs get ...

Best of 2001: Best Downhill Scare On A Bicycle

Slaughterhouse Canyon Highway 67 south through Slaughterhouse Canyon, Lakeside Heading down Highway 67 from Scripps Poway Parkway, the shoulder is wide, the pavement is smooth, and for three miles the road rollercoasters gently. But then ...

In Lakeside, Chickens Make Good Neighbors

There are a few ways to spot Hilliker's Egg Ranch on El Nopal Road in Lakeside near Santee. One is to look for one of several chicken signs -- the animated white chicken will be ...

Take a serene bike ride on Lakeside's El Monte Road, and get a glimpse of San Diego County's rural past.

If you're a bicyclist with an antipathy for steep hills but a love for rural scenery, you'll appreciate El Monte Road. Few rural roads in San Diego County can offer as long a stretch of ...

Best of 2000: Best Frozen-In-Time Main Street

Maine Avenue, Lakeside It's the perfect Wild West street scene. Movie producers have been using it as a location ever since May 25, 1911, when Pauline Bush starred in Allan Dwan's one-reeler, A Daughter of ...

Visit El Monte Park near Lakeside, where massive oaks spread below the stony gaze of "El Capitan" mountain.

Tucked against a rocky, sunburnt hillside in the San Diego River valley outside Lakeside, El Monte Regional Park is a shock to the eye on a bright summer day. The park spreads across 98 flat ...

The Lakeside River Irregulars

To get to Lisa Roger's house in the Eucalyptus Hills area of Lakeside, you have to drive past the sand-mining operations, tractor-repair yards, and prefab concrete outfits that line the San Diego River in this ...

Take a Sunday tour of the Audubon Society's Silverwood Wildlife Sanctuary near Lakeside.

Silverwood. The name comes from the glittering effect of sunlight upon the dark-green leaves of the coast live oak. Scores of these trees, some of them two-century-old giants scarred by fire, shade the canyon floor ...

Chaparral blooms in the springtime at Oak Oasis Open Space Preserve near Lakeside.

East County's Oak Oasis Open-Space Preserve covers 397 acres of oak woodland, boulder-studded hillsides, and mature stands of chaparral. Try visiting as soon as possible this month, when almost every living thing in the plant ...

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