SUNRISE AT OUR HOUSE
Not having any idea where it is we might be at next week at this time we decided to do our San Diego/Julian California loop drive this morning. Same drive I described in Thursday’s post.
WATCHING THE SUNRISE……PINK JAMMIES AND ALL
We were up and at em early as usual and had the Jeep rolling by 8:20 Arizona time or 7:20 California time. Even though we are in California we still go by Arizona time because it’s easier on our aging bods. Easier for our many mentally stretched mind confusements as well.
ROLLING THROUGH BLAIR VALLEY……AGAIN
STOPPED FOR A LEG STRETCH JUST EAST OF THE AGUA CALIENTE COUNTY PARK…A FEW RV’S VISIBLE IN THE BACKGROUND
Retraced our steps through the scenic Blair and Vallecito Valleys stopping for a leg stretch near the Agua Caliente County RV Park a quarter mile off highway S2 on the West side. This Park is known for it’s soothing hot springs. Was surprised to see a lengthy paved aircraft runway running alongside the highway out there on the desert floor for the most part in the middle of nowhere. There is a helicopter training school in EL Centro and I think I read they use this strip. In fact England’s Prince Harry may very well have landed here during his Apache Helicopter training a few years back.
WITH ONE EYE IN THE CAMERA AND THE OTHER EAR TUNED UPWARD FOR ANY APPROACHING AIRCRAFT I QUICKLY SNAPPED THIS RUNWAY PHOTO AND TOOK OFF AT A GALLUP WHEN KELLY NOTICED A STATE TROOPERS VEHICLE APPROACHING…..I WASN’T SUPPOSED TO BE WHERE I WAS…..LUCKILY MY LEGS SCOOTED ME ALONG FASTER THAN THE TROOPERS EYEBALLS
LOTS OF WIND TURBINES NORTH OF OCOTILLO
We reached the small town of Ocotillo and the junction of S2 and I-8 shortly before 10 and swung up the I-8 ramp heading West. A few years ago upon leaving Borrego Springs one time we decided to slip on down south of Brawley through EL Centro to I-8 and east to Yuma. Didn’t care much for that stretch of I-8 and for some reason I wasn’t impressed with the rugged rock filled landscape west of Ocotillo either. A gas stop at a Shell station in Jacumba took our needle off nearly empty and we were on our way. Could see the Mexican border fence running through the desert paralleling the interstate about a mile to our left which of course would be south. No sign of that blonde headed Washington character at the wall with his hammer and nails yet.
HEADING WEST TOWARDS SAN DIEGO ON I-8…..VERY SUPRISED BY THE LIGHT TRAFFIC
I had been curious about this area of California to see if it would be somewhere we might be interested in for future travels and boon-docking. It was not. Too many loooooong grades for our Motorhome and as mentioned before we weren’t big on the scenery. We did get us just 41 miles east of San Diego though before catching highway 79 north to Julian. I mentioned to Kelly as we made the turn onto 79 that this point was the farthest west we have ever been in our RV travels.
THIS IS AS FAR WEST AS WE HAVE EVER BEEN ON OUR RV TRAVELS
Highway 79 heading to Julian is a scenic doozy of a mountain drive with lots of sharp curves along the narrow nicely paved road. A lot of cozy quaint cottage type houses for the first bunch of miles. While driving in slightly diffused sunlight we could see clouds sitting on mountain tops far ahead as we kept gaining altitude. Our sun was soon gone as bits of fine drizzle appeared on the windshield. Not too many houses after awhile as the terrain became more rugged. Could see evidence of a major forest fire years ago.
BY GOLLY WE CANADIANS SURE KNOW WHAT THAT WHITE STUFF IS BESIDE THE ROAD
CLOUDS AHEAD ARE SITTING ON THE MOUNTAINTOPS AND THIS WAS ABOUT THE LAST OF THE SUN WE SAW FOR AWHILE
OUR SEMI-SUNNY DAY TURNED INTO A CLOUDY DAY AS WE GAINED ALTITUDE
Coming into Lake Cuyamaca I remembered seeing something on-line about a good place to eat and sure enough we spotted it along the lake side of the road so we wheeled in. Turns out they specialize in chicken pot pies so that’s what we had. They were yummy and we could have easily split one instead of getting two. No matter, what we couldn’t eat we boxed up and had later for supper.
HOME OF BIG YUMMY CHICKEN POT PIES
A FEW SPRITZES OF A FINE RAIN KEPT OUR INTERMITTENT WINDSHIELD WIPERS GOING FOR ABOUT 5 MINUTES
Enjoyed this mountain road drive but would have enjoyed it even more had we had a nice bright sunny day to bring all the colors out. On the south edge of Julian we did find a scenic overlook and could see sun splashes traveling along the desert far below.
HIGHWAY 78 COMES DOWN OUT OF JULIAN OFF CAMERA TO THE LEFT AND RUNS OUT THERE ACROSS THE DESERT FLOOR LEADING TO PLACES LIKE SHELTER VALLEY, BORREGO SPRINGS, AND OCOTILLO WELLS……IT’S A BEAUTIFUL DRIVE
THE FAINT HIGHWAY LOWER LEFT WINDS AND TWISTS IT’S WAY THROUGH THOSE MOUNTAINS TO THE BORREGO VALLEY WHERE OUR COACH SITS SOMEWHERE OUT THERE TOP RIGHT
SUNSHINE WAY OUT THERE OVER THE BORREGO VALLEY
SOUTHERNMOST EDGE OF JULIAN CALIFORNIA
CLOUD SHADOWS PLAY ACROSS THE MOUNTAINSIDES
AND OMG THIS IS THE ONLY PHOTO OF THE PHEEBS TODAY
Of course it was a cloudy day in Julian and isn’t it almost always in the winter months. Stopped at ‘Grannys Coffee Shop and Cafe’ for one piece of apple pie and coffee to go. Pheebs and I held the fort while Kelly slipped in and came back with the goodies. Kelly cut the large piece of pie in half as we sat in the Jeep and smashed it down. She managed a spare cup so we split the single coffee as well.
WITH JULIANS HEAVY TOURIST TRAFFIC ONE ALWAYS HAS TO BE CAREFUL CROSSING THE ROAD AND ESPECIALLY SO WHEN CARRYING APPLE PIE AND COFFEE
NOW HOW IN THE HECK IS SHE GOING TO GET THAT ONE BIG PIECE OF APPLE PIE EVENLY DIVIDED…..THERE COULD BE A STRUGGLE COMING HERE!!
NORTHBOUND ON JULIAN’S MAIN STREET
From Julian it was straight to Santa Ysabel and the Julian Pie Company. One apple pie to go as well as 2 quarts of the best sweet apple cider of ever anywhere. We like the Julian apple pies but I did make the comment to Kelly later at home that if I had to chose the best apple pie between the Julian Pie Company and the apple pies made by the Mennonite Gals south of Bayfield Ontario back home I would chose the pies at the Mennonite Bakery on highway 21:))
SIGN MEANS TO ‘BEGIN SMELLING’ THE APPLE PIES WHEN YOU ENTER
What lovely mountain top countryside it is in these parts as the land gently falls off away to the coast. Julian, Santa Ysabel, and Warner Springs along highway 79 butt up against forests of green trees and wide stretching fields of grass and cattle.
A SWEEPING GREEN VALLEY WITH GRAZING CATTLE SOUTHEAST OF WARNER SPRINGS
Less than half an hour after leaving Santa Ysabel we came tumbling down Montezuma’s Grade on the east side of the towering San Ysidro mountains. Fifteen minutes after plowing into the desert floor far below and making our way around the west end of Borrego Springs we were back to our campsite. And by golly we had us a couple welcome visitors.
WE BEGIN OUR ALWAYS EXCITING FOR THE DRIVER TUMBLE DOWN MONTEZUMA’S GRADE:)) NOT SO EXCITING FOR THE PASSENGER:((
‘FASTEN YOUR SEATBELTS LADIES AND GENTLEMAN WE WILL BE TOUCHING DOWN IN BORREGO SPRINGS MOMENTARILY’
LOVE THOSE CLOUD SHADOWS AHEAD
‘PLEASE REMAIN IN YOUR SEATS UNTIL WE HAVE COME TO A FULL STOP’ AND THANKS FOR FLYING WITH CAPTAIN AL AND BAYFIELD BUNCH AIRWAYS’
I recognized Doug’s Jeep before I saw Doug and soon Pheebs and Yuma were having themselves a grand old time. Doug and Yuma had been out on a day trip when they took a wrong turn somewhere down around the Tamarisk Grove Campground which coincidentally led him to a point on the highway where he spotted our Motorhome sitting out in the desert. Always nice to see Doug and Yuma. Our kind of folks:))
Winds kicked up in the afternoon but they were warm desert winds and that was totally Okay. I don’t mind hot as much if it is tempered by a cooling breeze and with mid 70+ temps upon us now winds are a welcome wonder.
SUNRISE OR SUNSET?……SUNRISE, AND THE SUNRISES AND SUNSETS DO GET THESE REDISH ORANGE COLORS OUT HERE
GROANER’S CORNER:(( A young boy, about eight years old, was at the corner grocery picking out a large size box of laundry detergent. The grocer walked over and trying to be friendly, asked the boy if he had a lot of laundry to do. "Nope, no laundry," the boy said, "I'm going to wash my dog." "But, you shouldn't use this to wash your dog. It's very powerful and if you wash your dog in this, he'll get sick. In fact, it might even kill him." But, the boy was not to be stopped and carried the detergent to the counter and paid for it, even as the grocer still tried to talk him out of washing his dog. About a week later, the boy was back in the store to buy some candy. The grocer asked the boy how his dog was doing. "Oh, he died," the boy said. The grocer, trying not to be an "I-told-you-so" said he was sorry the dog died, but added, "I tried to tell you not to use that detergent on your dog." "Well, the boy replied, "I don't think it was the detergent that killed him." "Oh? What was it then?" "I think it was the spin cycle!"
Thayer sorry and I won't tell teacher!
Thea later, alligator!
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