Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | December 1, 2009

What do you love about Palomar?  How about the views?  You see Point Loma out there with the San Diego skyline and islands dotting the Pacific – so close and yet so far away –  up here in the beauty of the Four Seasons! Have a message to go out?  Simply send it my way.   If you don’t see it posted within 24 hours, please call my ‘follow-me’ number at 76O 742 one 742. Glad to keep the news heading your way about our favorite mountain!   Bonnie Phelps,  Palomar Mountain News Editor since 1998 and Palomar Mountain Real Estate since the beginning of the Century.
Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | June 17, 2019

No June Gloom on Palomar!


Hope everyone had a wonderful time celebrating dads.

On our way to the city for the day, I had to pull over to take this for you.  We’re this bright, beautiful and sunny ‘island in the sky’ on the mountain.  Dipping down into the clouds the June Gloom covers most of the ‘flatlands’.  At one point, when I wished I had a sweater, I commented that it felt like rain.


Coming back up was so amazing last night.  Thick clouds and then breaking through to see the giant moon.  Just had to share.


For you folks looking to escape the over cast city these days, Palomar is the perfect place.  And, I’m always glad to open some doors for you!  Love to have you join us on the mountain top!

Bonnie Phelps

For all your Real Estate needs in the Cities and Above the Clouds




Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | June 12, 2019

Burglars are Back

Keep an eye out for these bad guys. So sorry to hear the news. A cabin on Bailey Road was recently broken in and burglarized, too.  The John Deere Gator Jessica mentions below, was seen on State Park Road.  Have you seen a green gator with torn seats?  Please let Jessica know. Get those cameras up!  Let’s get these guys!


Also, there is a new BURGLAR on the mountain 😦 There was an attempt to steal the Self-Pay tube at the kiosk here in the State Park. One of the Palomar Christian Conference Center Gators (utility vehicle, like an ATV) was stolen. The School Camp shop was broken into and gas was stolen. This was all discovered on Sunday morning, the 9th. Please spread the word around the community and I encourage all to be good neighborhood watchers and report any suspicious activity. It is possible that the Gator was driven down State Park Road sometime between Saturday evening and early Sunday morning.

I think sometime Thursday overnight somebody had tampered with the door at the kiosk because the alarm was found sounding on Friday morning. The alarm was also found sounding on Sunday morning and it appeared that the suspects must have left in a hurry because the chain they were using, which was light weight and my guess was probably attached to a Gator, was still attached to the Pay Tube and left on the ground. My assumption is these guys are going on RECON missions midweek at night and working as a Team and then returning to make their hit. So potentially there will be multiple suspects.

Jessica Murany
State Park Ranger
Palomar Mountain State Park
P.O. Box 175
Palomar Mtn., CA 92060
Office: 760.742.3830
Fax: 760.742.1092

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | June 12, 2019

Open House at Nate Harrison Dig Site

Are you intrigued with archelogy?  You’re invited to visit legendary, Nate Harrison’s home site where he always welcomed travelers with a cup of his spring water.

The Open House is this Thursday morning.  Bring your own water and might even want to bring a sandwich.

Directions from Highway 76, you travel up Nate Harrison Grade about seven miles.  The entrance is on a sharp turn to the left. Click for some info from a dig a few years back.   Please send some pix our way!

From: Murany, Jessica@Parks <>

Good Afternoon,

Archeological students from SDSU are having an Open House of their current dig site at the Nate Harrison property this Thursday the 13th at 10 a.m. All are welcomed.

Jessica Murany
State Park Ranger
Palomar Mountain State Park
P.O. Box 175
Palomar Mtn., CA 92060
Office: 760.742.3830
Fax: 760.742.1092


Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | June 1, 2019

Free stuff


Free vintage piano with ivory keys.  Beautiful tone. Wicker double headboard, books, flower pots, and a delightful collection of sea shells. Stop by Dave and Nancy’s Sale and if they are still there, they are yours!

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | June 1, 2019

Dumpster is FULL!

Wow, great job to the Palomar Clean Up Crews today!

From: Michael Pique
Sent: Saturday, June 1, 2019 11:20 AM
To: Bonnie Phelps <>
Subject: Please mail that dumpster is full

Dumpster is full for this weekend. Next dumpster day is Saturday July 6.

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | June 1, 2019

Saturday Fun


When you live on a little mountain extra opportunities are always fun and a chance to meet some great mountain folks!

Let’s see, tomorrow you could load up bright and early to drop off unwanted stuff at  Dumpster Days.  Then head on over to Dave and Nancy’s yard sale!  They are planning a move to Maine and have some treasures that just might be a great find for you!  Follow the bright green signs on Crestline!

How about lunch at Mother’s Kitchen?  Great omelets on weekends. My lunch favorite would be the Nacho Supreme, and you’ve gotta have a smoothie!

For those interested in Real Estate, I always have some doors to open for you and extra keys in my pocket…

We have a brand new family that just arrived with two children, another family with one are excited to close escrow real soon. Inspections are also this week for a new couple who have finally found the perfect cabin!

New listings heading our way, too!   Let’s connect!  The trees have leafed out, rain is over for a while and Spring has arrived above the clouds. Need to get out there and take those marketing photos!

Looking forward to helping with all your real estate needs and seeing YOU ’round the mountain!

Bonnie Phelps, Realtor

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | May 28, 2019

Mountain Lions – be prepared!

South of State Park Road, May 22, 2019
We are seeing mountain lions and bobcats very often now.  Over the 20 years we have lived here, I rarely saw cats, the past couple years, it is very often.  I’ve seen several just from my desk walking up the road or across the orchard.  Those lions are protected and have no predators anymore so are really multiplying. 
Recently one was by the front door when another neighbor family arrived home.  It was pretty aggressive and didn’t want to move, finally sundered way only to return a few minutes later. 
When I saw the photo above I said out loud, “this could have been a child”. That deer is about the size of a couple dozen kids who enjoy playing outside on this beautiful mountain. Can’t be too careful.

The photo reminded me of Doc and Anne’s three mountain lions that jumped their 10 foot fence to take off with their chickens.  Glad Doc was able to grab his gun on the way out the door to defend his livestock.  Doc and Anne said they haven’t had lions in their yard since.  They think it is important to make the visit unpleasant and loud so the lions might teach their young to stay away from that diner… 

From: Mountain Neighbor – photo above

“… What an amazing picture I got on my game camera 2 days ago just 25 yards from my cabin.  Three years of clearing brush and trying to improve the habitat for deer, just to have this guy poaching on our land. Doesn’t he know it’s not deer season. He don’t care. I read a mountain lion kills a deer or other large animal every week. No wonder there are no deer around here.”

I’ve been planning on turning around the photo but it became a top priority  a few minutes ago when I saw a child hiking with his dad was attacked mid-afternoon today. Thankful the father was right there in the group of 10 people, throwing rocks.  Glad to hear the little 4 year old should recover. 

That link also mentions tips for dealing with lions.  

Bonnie Phelps



Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | May 27, 2019

Time change for weekend Dumpster

Linda Thorne <> wrote:

The dumpster will be open Saturday form 9 AM to 1 PM and Sunday from 1 PM to 5 PM—Or until full.  There will be a sign out front when the dumpster is open and when it is full.  


Click for more info about Saturday and Sunday Dumpster Days

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | May 27, 2019

Memorial Day Memories

Memorial Day 2019 Palomar Mountain

It’s a misty Memorial Day on Palomar. We remember the lives and honor those who have given theirs in service to our nation.

Enjoy your day with family and friends in the land of the free because of the brave.

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | May 24, 2019

Plan ahead for the Dumpster!


June Dumpster Days are coming up!  Stage your stuff to be ready to roll next weekend!

From: Cecelia Borland


June 1st and 2nd at the Fire Station

Open Saturday 9am to 1pm

Sunday 1 to 5 or until full

2 pickups full per household until noon, then all you want.


This dumpster will be the second of six available the first weekend of the month thru October. Come early; bring your combustibles, trash, small appliances, and other rubbish that litters your yards. No charge but donations welcomed.

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