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My First Introduction to the Batiquitos Lagoon

09. November 2012

Staying in touch with old friends and co-workers is important to me.   But coordinating busy schedules to meet for a leisurely lunch can sometimes be a challenge.

My good pal, and former 10 News colleague, Janine Nakama and I have come up with a way to stay connected by skipping a lengthy lunch.  These days, we multiply our time by combining our monthly gabfest with a workout…in our case, a nice long walk.

Over the years, Janine and I have walked and talked our way along most of San Diego’s most popular walking spots – from Coronado and Mission Bay to Lake Murray and Torrey Pines.

But just when I thought we’d walked it all, Janine recently suggested a new walking spot…Carlsbad’s Batiquitos Lagoon.  Like many of you, I’ve driven past the lagoon for years – the peaceful piece of coastal wetland visible along I-5. I had no idea there was a hidden treasure you can’t see from the freeway…a heavenly haven for runners, walkers and naturalists.

But Janine, knower of all things North County knew exactly how to access the Batiquitos trail system.  We parked in one of five public parking lots providing access to a wonderful two-mile walking trail from which the north side of the lagoon can be seen and experienced.  

I say “experience” because the coastal wetland is home to many plants, birds and fish.  Our “walk and talk” was often interrupted by flying fish, “forests” of giant cat tails and shore birds of every variety.

A stone’s throw from the freeway and bustle of city life, this peaceful trail is like a rural oasis – a perfect spot to re-connect with a friend for power walking and aerobic visiting!

Beautiful – yes. But the Batiquitos Lagoon is also important to our local environment as one of the few remaining tidal wetlands in southern California.  The area is run and meticulously maintained by the California Department of Fish and Game as a nature reserve. 

If you’re a runner or walker tired of the same old route…or just looking for a low-cal option to lunch with a friend, check out what you can’t see from the freeway at Batiquitos Lagoon! 


Contact Carol by emailing her at Carol@palomarhealth.org.