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 | October 21, 2018

Chili, Pies, Cobbler and Cards

More fun in store for tomorrow!

35 pies and trays of apple crisp ready for YOUR sampling at the Festival!  Many, many trays of chili and corn bread are all set to go in the oven first thing in the morning.  Chefs Chad, Steve and the crew at Palomar Christian Conference Center have been working overtime in the kitchen all day.

Tomorrow you will have your choice of Chad’s Famous Chili (mild to medium heat) or a vegetarian chili and cornbread for $5.00.  (All proceeds go to the Apple Festival.)

Have you seen Ron and his new truck?!??  We caught him cruising Crestline on his way to load up some bales of hay for his Pie Truck!  You’ll just have to hear all about it from Ron-the-Pie-Guy!

Be sure to see what is new at Barb’s Book Table!  Author, Barb Waite printed some of her historical photos from Apple Days on Palomar 100 years ago.  The cards are available for you along with her books.

Lots of games are set up and in the works for the kids, live music, square dancing, potato sack racing, and another fun time on the mountain!

See you at the Festival!

Bonnie Phelps

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | October 21, 2018

Apple Festival Fun!


This lovely basket of apples arrived at our door just in time for festival baking!

The kitchens on Palomar have the wonderful scents of apples and cinnamon…  we’re all baking favorite recipes to donate goodies for free samples tomorrow!

Hope YOU can come up for the 8th Annual Festival. It is a little chilly so you might appreciate a sweatshirt.

Oh, I need to run check our oven!  Hope you can try our Apple Turnovers and/or cobbler.  All made with fresh off-the-tree Palomar Mountain Apples!

Bonnie and Don

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | October 18, 2018

Hamerly Sequoia Grove

You are about to be inspired!

One of our neighbors has so many interesting interests.  He and his wife love this beautiful Mountain and he delights in bringing beauty, fun and adventure to his property.

Jim Hamerly is the much-loved and respected dean of the College of Business Administration at Cal State University of San Marcos.   When on the mountain, he wears different hats!  He was the contractor for the tree house, engineer for the zip lines, and wears a forestry hat for his passion for growing things.  Big things!

Click to learn about his labor of love!

Bonnie Phelps

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | October 16, 2018

Beautiful Hutch For Sale

From: Jana Lucaccioni

Would you like this beautiful Hutch? Like new and asking $395.00

Please call or text 858-395-2822




Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | October 12, 2018

Spring in the Fall??


You can see a touch of spring and summer lupine … in the Fall out on Birch Hill!  Thanks to Will Parent for sharing the photo from his meadow yesterday.

I captured the deer and turkeys this morning from my desk out grazing in our orchard.

We’re all hoping this tease of a bit of rain comes through.  Meanwhile, we might have thunderstorms so be sure to keep an eye out in case those bolts of lightening come our direction.  It is always wise to unplug your electronics and anything you appreciate not getting fried in a storm.  More info for preparing for thunderstorms about half way down on ‘Resident Tips’.

Happy Weekend Everyone!

Bonnie Phelps

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | October 11, 2018

Free Oak Fire Wood

From: Cliff Kellogg

The oak tree behind the fire station on Crestline Road has been cut down in preparation for the construction of the new county-funded crew quarters. Any Palomar Mountain residents interested in free not-yet-seasoned oak can get a truck load for free. We only ask that:

1. Wood is available for Palomar Mountain residents only and should remain on Palomar Mountain to prevent the spread of GSOB.

2. One pick up load only. No multiple trips. We want to make it available to as many residents as possible.

3. Not for resale – personal use only.

4. Call the fire station first (760) 742-3701 and let them know you are coming prior to picking up. Please don’t just pull in and start loading. Also, make your planned pickup time during reasonable daylight hours.

5. Don’t ask the on-duty crew to help you load. Plan on loading yourself.

6. No chain sawing/cutting on the property. This offer good while supplies last. We will want to keep some wood in reserve for future community center use. Remember it won’t be ready to burn until next year.

Palomar Mountain Fire Board


Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | October 10, 2018

Huge Twin Oak dropped for Bunkhouse

It would be fun to count the rings of this huge oak that needed to come down for the new fire department bunkhouse. Thanks to Mike Pique for sending the photos our way.  Looks like Fire Department, Fire Board, Fire Safe Council and Cert folks in front of a lot of firewood.

From: Michael Pique

This is bittersweet but the oak needed go to get the new bunkhouse built at the Fire Station.

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | October 10, 2018

Pine Armoire For Sale

From: Ken and Lynda Ruth

FARMHOUSE OR CLASSIC! HIGH QUALITY waxed pine armoire that will fit your LARGE TV – all wired, but comes with two solid wood shelves if you want regular storage for linens, books, etc.

85″ tall, 26″ deep, 59.25″ wide

TV opening: 57″ wide, 36.75″ tall, 21.25″ deep

Maybe with all the new buyers, there will be a need for a beautiful armoire that is multi functional!  Anyone interested can call me on my cell: 760 450 6478.  Cost over $6000 on sale when purchased; a steal at $275/offer.

Thank you,



Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | October 10, 2018

New Neighbors – Jakubs Family


Living in the city and missing the mountains, tall trees and the beauty of nature the Jakubs Family had to do something about that!  A cabin on Palomar! Crescent was raised in western Maryland while Tonja was growing up in Hood River Oregon. They love the woods and everything about their vintage cabin.  Crescent has put his General Contractor skills to work restoring their cabin for their family and future generations to enjoy.  He also keeps busy during the week as the Facilities Director for the Old Globe in Balboa Park.  Tanja has keeps busy caring for Nolan (not pictured), Tori, Harper and Zylen, and enjoys volunteering in their school.  A very musical family, they all look forward to making music and more wonderful ’round the fire on their mountain.

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | October 9, 2018

Two truck loads before noon!

From Cecelia Borland:

Come early, neighbors, and bring all your combustible rubbish. Dumpster will be open 9-5 Saturday and Sunday (space permitting).

Each family may bring 2 pick-up trucks full on Sat before noon. After noon, bring as much as you like until dumpster is full. Dumpster will be in the usual place at the at the driveway to the left of the fire station.

This will probably be the last one for the year so don’t hesitate.

Please remember: No tires, paint HAZMAT, large appliances, e-waste, chemicals.

Donations gratefully accepted to offset cost of dumpster.

Sponsored by our Fire Safe Council.

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