Category Archives: Mountains

Mount Palomar Observatory

Mount Palomar Observatory, about two hours northeast of downtown San Diego, is home to the 200-inch Hale telescope, an amazing astronomical instrument that’s been in continuous use since taking its first official image on 26 January 1949. The drive from San Diego to the observatory is quite scenic once you leave I-15 heading east on CA 76. You’ll pass through

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Exploring Idyllwild

So what do the following represent: 68 to 97? 0 to 6,500? 70 to 19? Answer: The great diversity of southern California! In one seven hour trip, I went from sea level to 6,500 feet elevation; 68° F to 97° F; and 70% relative humidity to 19% relative humidity.  If you don’t like the way things are where you’re at

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Autumn & Apple Pie

I needed a change of scenery today.  I also needed a slice of apple pie.  (Well, need is perhaps a bit strong.  Hankered for might be more appropriate.) Heading east out of the city, it was a perfectly sunny, mild San Diego afternoon, and it wasn’t long before I was lumbering along CA 79 towards the town of Julian.  The

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