by LAINEY KRAL | photos by Alicia Jeanne Photography

Good Neighbors

Parents Nick and Lindsay Buck knew they needed a bigger home for their growing family, and they moved from Rancho Carrillo in Carlsbad to the Calistoga neighborhood in 2012 – with newborn Amelia (Emmie to her family), Cooper the Australian Shepherd, and baby Brady on the way. “In our time here, we’ve found best friends and our kids have had so many opportunities they wouldn’t normally have,” said Nick. From the HOA’s Oktoberfest and holiday party to watching the sunrise from Double Peak Park, there’s always something to do. Lindsay added, “Nick would tell you that San Elijo Hills is his Disneyland.”

Nick and Lindsay enjoy making a difference in their North County community. “Nick works for the City of Encinitas in Parks and Recreation and loves his job more than anyone,” Lindsay shared. “He has a passion for service, and for providing opportunities for people to experience all their city has to offer.” Lindsay fulfills her passion for education through her roles with San Pasqual Union School District in Escondido – in addition to teaching middle school math, she’s the math department chair and the district’s Assessment and Data Coordinator.

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Off the clock, the Bucks are a family of dedicated volunteers. Nick and Lindsay volunteer at the church, C3, and Nick is involved with trail advocacy and a number of recreation associations. As a board member of the Friends of San Marcos Parks and Recreation, Nick created the San Elijo Hills Double Peak Challenge run, which returns this year on Sept. 30. “Not really a runner himself, his motivation was just to share how awesome and amazing the hills we have here in San Marcos are,” said Lindsay. Nick added, “Seeing so many people accomplish something big at the inaugural event in 2016 was awesome.” He’s especially proud of the money raised for youth recreation scholarships and the San Marcos School District’s Promise program.

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Emmie (6) and Brady (4 ½) are following in their parents’ active footsteps. They’re in first grade and preschool at San Pasqual Union Elementary. They spend their free time on the move. Emmie loves biking around San Elijo Hills, and she takes ballet and tap at DanceFX. “Brady is all boy and loves to run, climb, build things, and play with trucks,” Lindsay said. “Both kids take swim lessons through the City Recreation program at Las Posas Pool. They love it and have made a lot of growth this year.”

It’s a rich, busy life, and the Buck family is grateful to do it all in the community they love.


Parents: Nick and Lindsay Buck
Children: Amelia (6) and Brady (4½)
Community: Calistoga neighborhood in San Elijo Hills since 2012
Parents’ Hometowns: Lindsay – Victorville, CA; Nick – Redlands, CA
Parents’ Occupations: Lindsay – Assessment and Data Coordinator and Math Specialist; Nick – Special Projects Supervisor
Pets: Cooper – Australian Shepherd; Pirate – Beta Fish, named by Brady
Favorite Places to Visit in 92078: San Elijo Hills businesses, Spaghetti Factory, San Marcos Library, Double Peak Park, Perks Coffee, Fluid Focus bike service shop, and the kids think Sonic Drive-In’s roller skate delivery is pretty cool

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