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 | September 25, 2018

Camera Tips from Frank

Like to get some cameras installed?  Have some questions?  East Grader, Frank McCarthy has been a tremendous help to many on the mountain with setting up cameras on or off grid.  Here is his comment on the post about the break-ins.  Let’s get those bad guys!

FROM: Frank McCarthy

I’m all about the cameras. Keith did it exactly right. You should put several cameras around at different points. It’s likely that the thieves will find one or two of them but if you hide them right, they won’t find all of them. And the Brownings take beautiful photos, and will store thousands of them, all for about $159 apiece. If you ever need help setting them up I’m happy to help…
619-993-5237. You get lots of nice wildlife photos too.


Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | September 25, 2018

Two break-ins last week – Hooray for cameras!

Within the last few days, a garage was broken into at the top of the mountain.  Apparently items were staged inside to load up quickly when the thief returns.

We need to be extra careful and on the look-out.  If you see anything suspicious and can take safely a photo with a license plate, that would be wonderful.  The more camera’s on Palomar, the better.

A camera was sure helpful with this situation on the East Grade.  Do you know this guy?:

From: Keith Thygerson Sent: Monday, September 24, 2018 2:57 PM
Subject: burglary suspect on east grade rd

We came up on Friday to find our gate on East Grade broken and a stranger’s car by the garage.

We had a person break our gate and break into our garage and stay on our property from 9/9 to 9/14. This person took a white van from the property which was later found blocking another driveway on East Grade and towed on 9/17. The suspect was captured on surveillance cameras on the property and left his car on the property. It was discovered and towed away on 9/21. San Diego County Sheriff office has already been on the scene and identified the suspect from evidence at the scene as well as the surveillance photos showing him and his car.

Please note that this person may still be in the area.

Attached are two photos of him ten days ago. His name is Nicholas Kritzon, white male, 6’3″ 280lb

We appreciate all the mountain residents who look out for each other and their properties!



Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | September 22, 2018

Forest Retreat For Sale

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Would TWO fireplaces work for you?  A beautiful brick fireplace in the great room and a stone fireplace downstairs in a wonderful family room?  Old barn wood on the walls, a bar, and a great workshop for all your tools?

Used as a weekend getaway, it would also be a great year-round home on .74 acre so lots of potential with your private forest or room to add a garage, barn or???

Simply visit Palomar Properties for lots more info.  Please click around the website as there are more homes, a cabin, and some fabulous view land for sale.  Then, come on up for your tour!

Thanks also for sharing and helping to get nice, new neighbors heading our way.

Bonnie Phelps, Realtor

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | September 20, 2018

Sleeping Beauty Cabin For Sale


Such a charming cabin – this Sleeping Beauty in the Woods!  With beginnings in 1962, the 1221 square feet includes the living and dining area in front of a big stone fireplace and knotty pine kitchen. A large master bedroom with room for a king bed, plus a second bedroom are on the walk-in level. Upstairs is a wonderful loft with a game table and a delightful 3rd bedroom. The cabin is built over a large garage/workshop. The forested half acre also has another garage, wood shed and vintage outhouse, now providing storage for tools and those sleds. Are you the Prince in waiting to do some repairs and updating? Come see if Sleeping Beauty is for you! More info is waiting for you here:

So lovely up here just waiting to be Fall on the Mountain!  Come on up for your tour!

Bonnie Phelps, Realtor


Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | September 17, 2018

Kids Club going to the Birds!


From:  Stacy Eriksen

This Tuesday, September 18th, PM Kids Club is going to the birds! Arrive at 10-ish with your littles for a 10:15 storytime and a bird-themed craft. At 11:00, Will from the State Park will be presenting on birds of Palomar. Afterwards, we’ll be dissecting owl pellets. All mountain kids are welcome to join us!

(Please note: pellets have already been pre-ordered by families. We may have a few extra, for $3 each.)

See you at the Observatory Outreach Center (aka the old school house). Bring a snack to share, but please no nuts due to allergies.

The Palomar Mountain Kids Club meets Tuesday mornings at various locations around the mountain. Come play with us!

Questions? Contact Stacy at

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | September 16, 2018

Cabins in the Wings!


‘In Escrow’ signs are up on the last of the little cabins!  Palomar is sold out – again!

The most recent escrow is for the ‘The Definition of Cute’.  The soon-to-be-owners are so excited.  They already picked out a fun cabin name, have some charming decorating ideas planned and even bought new flannel sheets with a mountain pine cone theme!  They are ready to enjoy fall on the Mountain with the rest of us!

I do just happen to have two new cabins heading your way!

One owner is coming tomorrow to get a load of personal things.  So, we’ll be able to have “Sleeping Beauty’ staged and ready for viewing the first of the week.

Another very nice home-in-the-woods with two fireplaces had a cleaning gal there today while the sellers were doing their final moving.

Both will have ‘Coming Soon’ postings with photos the first of the week!

Do YOU have a cabins, home, ranch or land you are thinking of letting go?  We have had very good showings recently.  Kids are back in school and folks are looking for a fun getaway for the holidays.  What questions can I answer for you?  Thinking this time next week we will see more ‘in escrow’ signs up.  Glad to have YOU be a part of all this Fall real estate fun!

Let’s connect!

Bonnie Phelps-burning-the-almost-midnight-oil-again!




Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | September 16, 2018

Fire Safe Council

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From: Cecelia Borland

Everyone is invited to the next Fire Safe Council meeting. 

Saturday, September 22nd at the Fire Department equipment bay, 10 am.

All are welcome. Come and learn how you can help make your property and all of Palomar more fire safe.



Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | September 16, 2018

Apple Festival Oct 21


Save the date!  The 8th annual Apple Festival is coming Sunday, October 21st.  It is always such a great time!  Let all your family and friends know, find some wonderful apple recipes to make to share and a good time is promised for all!

Stay tuned for volunteer opportunities!

Hooray for Fall and the Festival!

Bonnie Phelps


Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | September 15, 2018

3 Events in State Park tomorrow


The events designed for campers are now being made available for all.  Will Meyst is our very wonderful State Park Interpretive Specialist.  He is providing the schedule for you to bundle up your family, call some friends to join you and come on up to Palomar to join in the fun.

Saturday, September 14, 2018

10:30 am

Hike: Weir Trail to Lower Doane Valley Trail

at Doane Pond Parking Lot

2 hour program

Join Park Interpretive Specialist Will Meyst for a hike into the absolutely stunning French Valley. The group will hike to the Historic Weir site then loop back to the Doane Pond parking area along the Lower Doane Valley Trail.

Meet at the Doane Pond parking lot. Bring water and wear sturdy shoes. Moderate difficulty due to terrain and climate. 2 mile hike.

May not be suitable for children under the age of 6 due to terrain and climate.

3:30 pm

Junior Rangers: Mammals

at Doane Valley Campground Campfire Center

40 minute program for children ages 7-12 and all ages

Discover secrets of our mountain’s furry friends. Sign up in the Ranger Station at the park entrance.

Wear sturdy shoes, bring water and meet at the Doane Valley Campground Campfire Center.

7 pm

Campfire Program: Sing-Along-Songs

at Doane Valley Campground Campfire Center

40 min program – suitable for all ages

Join Park Interpretive Specialist Will Meyst for an evening of singing classic campfire songs. You’re sure to leave this program with a spring in your step and a song in your heart!

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | September 8, 2018

Dumpster is Full! Great option!

Wow, it filled up fast this time!  Thanks to Glenn and Cecelia Borland for staffing today and all of you for cleaning up and being the early birds!

If you already have your truck loaded up, Pala Transfer Station is the best option in the county!  Great prices, friendly staff.  And, drum roll… you can drop off all you e-waste – computer, old tvs, etc at no charge!

Hooray for cleaning up the mountain!


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