**NOTE: This museum is free to all San Diego residents every 1st Tuesday of the month!**
The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center features more than 100 interactive science exhibits in eight galleries, as well as major traveling exhibitions. Visitors can create colored shadows, design images with a sand pendulum, examine the vibration of guitar strings and get their hands on a variety of intriguing scientific phenomena.
“The Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, a non-profit corporation, collects, preserves and displays examples of mechanical ingenuity and crafts associated with the early days of the American farm and rural community. The Museum offers educational and recreational opportunities to the public through exhibits, demonstrations, activities and programs displaying the art of invention fulfilling necessity. Acknowledging the past provides direction for the future.”
Personal Experience: It’s funny that it’s taken me so long to hike this canyon because the park that is above it is my go-to park. Finally, after so many years I headed below. First off, this is the only place in San Diego that I have personally seen Rainbow Eucalyptus trees, which I gather to be a kind of big deal in the e-world. I’ve seen countless beautiful photos of this tree and believe it or not, they grow here! This park also has a very beautiful view of Mission Valley. It looks great at night and there are benches to sit and enjoy. Go with a group though if you go at night! The hike is *okay*. We went in the spring and it was absolutely bursting with nastursiums and mustard flowers. These make for great photos. The path just ends abruptlly though. We did our part and began trampling the continuation of a trail and if you explore here make sure to follow the slight evidence of the trail and help to really create it! Maybe one day we can all help to create a path all the way to the bottom!
Questhaven, which is neighbors to the Elfin Forest and Harmony Grove, is filled with haunted rumors. Whether or not there is any truth to these rumors will remain a mystery. What is undeniable about this place is the spooky feeling that it gives you when you drive on the windy, woodsy road. Much of what used to be known as Questhaven is now known as the San Elijo Hills suburbs. Tons and tons of wooded acres were cut down to replace homes. Although this area is definitely scariest at night, I also recommend checking it out during the day too because the surrounding area is actually filled with interesting spots to explore.
Personal Experience:I found this location to be another hidden gem, tucked away in the hills of Escondido. Upon arriving we were immediately greeted with a warm welcoming from the owner who let us roam around and soak up the beauty of their property. We were given permission to be part of their private tour and learn about the history not only of their vineyard but of the Escondido terrain surrounding their property, which turns out to have a very rich (and bloody) history. Co-owner, Peter, is a very knowledgeable and charismatic man, who taught us a lot about the process of turning grapes into wine. We got to view the behind-the-scenes and learn the insights of wine-making. If you’re in the area, stop by!