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Jul 7, 2009 - Borrego Springs & The Desert

Several times we drove out to places not too far from where we were staying, it was SO HOT we could not walk too far, we went to Octillo Wells intending to hike just 1 mile to look at some Elephant Trees but it was 111(43.5) when we got there just TOO HOT to walk even that. This is where the airport in the desert was. Another day drove to Borrego Springs where loads of different Cacti, we saw the Jack Rabbit there and the Dragon Fly. On the way we came across all the Metal Sculptures a guy had bought 4 acres of desert land and he makes them...

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Jul 3, 2009 - Julian in the Desert- VERY HOT

We are now staying about 24 miles from Julian it is our nearest town, we are in the middle of nowhere. GOSH IT IS VERY HOT 104 when we arrived on Thursday. Good job there is a pool to cool off in. It is lovely and peacefull after the noisy place we stayed in at San Diego. We sat outside last night, not a sound watching the Owls fly around and the Jack Rabbits running around ( Jack Rabbits are large with black tails and black ears). Today (Friday) we headed into Julian a very quaint old town with some lovely shops ( different ) Julian is...

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Jun 25, 2009 - Gold Mining In Julian

Today was another great day with Sammy and Vickie. We took them to visit the gold mining town of Julian. We did some shopping and then had a fantastic lunch at the Julian Cafe & Bakery. They had the best Chicken Pot Pie we have ever tasted. They use the same crust they use in their famous apple pies. I think today was Sammy's favorite day so far. :-) He got to visit a gold mine and went panning for gold. He found enough gold to get four sticks of candy. He was one happy camper. They even chose him to raise the flag at Fort Daniel Boone. He...

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Jun 5, 2009 - Gold Mining Town of Julian

Today we visited the little town of Julian, California. Julian is an historic gold mining town approximately an hour east of San Diego, located in the beautiful Cuyamaca mountains. Julian was founded following the Civil War, when displaced Confederate Veterans from Georgia headed West to seek their fortunes. Among these were cousins Drue Bailey and Mike Julian, who found a lush meadow between Volcan Mountain and the Cuyamacas to their liking. They were there in 1869 when cattleman Fred Coleman found the first flecks of gold in a creek. It...

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Jun 20, 2008 - Looking for somewhere cooler! We found Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park is in the mountains or foothills just west of San Diego, about 50 miles. The campground is at an elevation of 5000 ft. so cools off at night. We stayed there 4 nights and enjoyed the birds, squirels, and pine trees. On Wednesday, after we had the air-conditioner checked, we left the hot desert of Laughlin, Nevada. Traveling across the western part of the California desert we came upon what is know as the Imperial Sand Dunes. An amazing amount of white sand dunes covering a very large area on both sides of the...

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Apr 4, 2008 - Julian

Yesterday, as we got closer to El Centro California, we noticed mile after mile of crops growing. We knew there was a lot of farming in the area, but it wasn't until this morning that we looked at the AAA guide and it stated that this is one of the prime growing areas of California. The desert comes alive with water diverted from the rivers, making it "one of the richest farming areas in the world...much of it below sea level!" Thought you might want to know where your veges are coming from! We had made reservations in a San Diego County...

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Mar 6, 2008 - Day 33: An unexpected adventure

As planned, we headed early to Yaqui Well and Tamarisk Grove in search of Lawrence's Goldfinch among other desert bird specialties. We found lots of Lesser Goldfinch, Phainopepla and found ourselves surrounded by California Quail calling all around us from in the very dense vegetation. We got one very quick look at only one in spite of their close proximity. While birding, we met another couple from San Diego who were birding their way to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (ABDSP). They started talking about some birds they'd seen at Cuyamaca...

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Dec 17, 2007 - Lake Chuamaca & Julian with Peggy & Cathy 20 Nov-02 Dec

Cindy & I took off after work Thur 29 Nov. We used the GPS on my new phone. It was a great ride via Temecula past all Indian Casinos. The RV handles the road so nicely. It hugs the road and handles bad weather wonderfully! It started to rain, and we just hummed along the backroads. Had a terrible hard time finding our camp site, because the reservationist at Lake Chuamaca was not detailed. Cin was getting very tired and alittle crumpy because we were driving around in the snow and rain trying to find our spot. Finally we came across it,...

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