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July 23, 2012 (McCain Valley) - ECM reader Tom Lemon sent in these spectacular photos of McCain Valley, site of the proposed Tule Wind facility in San Diego's East County.

"I first visited McCain Valley around 1995 after reading Jerry Shaad's book Afoot and Afield in San Diego County. I began camping and hiking in the Valley and explored the trails and side roads to vista points where you can see the abandoned San Diego and Arizona Eastern Railroad tracks, the Salton Sea, and Castle Butte in Arizona. Yes, you can see all the way to Arizona," he wrote.

"My friend Brian getting into the spirit of McCain. Yeah, it does make you feel like that."

Lemon also sent an example of an old growth manzanita that he calls the "Methuselah tree" and a teetering formation he dubs the "Mystery Rock" -- examples of the spectacular natural specimens facing potential destruction by Iberdrola Renewables' wind project approved on Bureau of Land Management public property formerly protected for us all.


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McCain Valley

Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos!   :D

My husband and I also love hiking and camping in the McCain Valley area as you do.   It is so remote and wild.  

We are heartbroken this area is about to be NEEDLESSLY destroyed.   :(  


You and many others, Hiker

You and many others, Hiker Gal. 

I wonder when (or if) the modern world will ever wake-up the truth of John Sawhill's observation that: 

"In the end, our society will be defined not only by what we create, but by what we refuse to destroy."