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Ho Chi Minh Trail


Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” ~Lao Tzu

 

 

Ho Chi Minh Trail

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 Personal Experience: San Diego's own Ho Chi Minh trail got its name in the 60's from UCSD surfers who would take the trail to the beach, infamously naming after the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Vietnam.  This trail kind of goes hand in hand with Mushroom Beach, which is located in La Jolla, due to the strange nature-made formations that you will come across.  Be prepared for a mini adventure which is not necessarily safe.  This trail is completely made of sandstone after all, which can crumble at any moment.  It is never safe to explore this trail after a rainfall as the sandstone becomes far weaker and is more likely to come apart.  People have been greatly injured here due to hiking after a storm.  With that said, you can look forward to crawling down sand steps, walking across a plank and a climbing down rope to get to the beach.  Are you ready?


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  Ho Chi Minh Trail


The plank is optional. I walked beneath it, not trusting myself not to fall! :/

Ho Chi Minh Trail

Ho Chi Minh Trail

Ho Chi Minh Trail

We walked to the left of this ravine shown below.  Be careful and watch each step you take!

Ho Chi Minh Trail


You will get to a point where it seems there is no way to get down.  Look to your right and walk down the narrow path with man-made steps:

Ho Chi Minh Trail

Ho Chi Minh Trail

Ho Chi Minh Trail


If you look at the narrow path on the left, that is what we just walked down!

Ho Chi Minh Trail


Almost to the bottom!

Ho Chi Minh Trail


Ho Chi Minh Trail


You have to use a rope at one point:

Ho Chi Minh Trail

Ho Chi Minh Trail

Ho Chi Minh Trail


Autumn and winter sunsets are so beautiful!

Ho Chi Minh Trail


If you walk to the left (south) for about 10 minutes, you will eventually fall upon the mushroom house!



I created a painting based off of one of my photographs from this journey shown below.  It is titled 'Ho Chin Minh', is 16X20" and was created in acrylic paint.   If you are interested in purchasing, please email: emeraldsrain1@yahoo.com

Ho Chi Minh Trail

It was based off of this photograph:

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