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Groundhog Day meaningless in San Diego

Spend the day enjoying swollen county waterfalls

Groundhogs are members of the rodent family. They are also known as woodchucks or whistlepigs. - Image by Bahadir Yeniceri/iStock/Thinkstock
Groundhogs are members of the rodent family. They are also known as woodchucks or whistlepigs.

Groundhog Day arrives Thursday, February 2. If the sleepy woodchuck sees his shadow, so the story goes, he’ll hole up for another six weeks of winter cold. None of this means much in San Diego, where a February warm spell can easily push the thermometer into the 80s.

San Diego County’s Waterfalls, already swollen with runoff and snowmelt from recent storms, should be at their very best during the next month or two. Three of the most accessible are: Green Valley Falls at Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, the falls below the first palm grove in Borrego Palm Canyon (Anza-Borrego Desert State Park), and the falls at the midpoint of Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve — a three-mile walk from either its east or west entrance. Hikers and climbers can explore many other waterfalls (some with heights up to 100 feet) in remote areas of the county.

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Groundhogs are members of the rodent family. They are also known as woodchucks or whistlepigs. - Image by Bahadir Yeniceri/iStock/Thinkstock
Groundhogs are members of the rodent family. They are also known as woodchucks or whistlepigs.

Groundhog Day arrives Thursday, February 2. If the sleepy woodchuck sees his shadow, so the story goes, he’ll hole up for another six weeks of winter cold. None of this means much in San Diego, where a February warm spell can easily push the thermometer into the 80s.

San Diego County’s Waterfalls, already swollen with runoff and snowmelt from recent storms, should be at their very best during the next month or two. Three of the most accessible are: Green Valley Falls at Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, the falls below the first palm grove in Borrego Palm Canyon (Anza-Borrego Desert State Park), and the falls at the midpoint of Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve — a three-mile walk from either its east or west entrance. Hikers and climbers can explore many other waterfalls (some with heights up to 100 feet) in remote areas of the county.

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The woodchuck is going to see Trumps shadow and return to his hole for the 4-year winter.

Jan. 31, 2017

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