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 | August 17, 2018

What kind of Oaks do we have?

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The link for a very good guide to identifying your oaks is at the top of the Fire Safe Council’s webpage:

From: Matt Trostad []

Here is a very good guide for Oaks of California. The best method to identify is looking at the leaves and acorns.


Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | August 17, 2018

Happy Holler For Sale


Looking for a private setting for a family retreat?  The owner has had it for a personal getaway and also a rental.  Oh!  You might even want to live here full time!

The main lodge has a remodeled living, dining, and kitchen area, bathroom with a stone shower, plus a huge bedroom.  A real bonus is the large walk out basement/workshop/laundry area.  Lots of wonderful things created in that shop these past 90+ years…  Then, there is another cabin and bath when family or friends  visit.  Just a holler up the hill, a third cabin awaits.  It could be an artist studio, great office, esty room for your creations… so many options!  A fourth cabin is very original so you can decide what to do there.  Ah, a project-in-the-works!

Two acres, with 3 of the 4 cabins newly remolded.  Come on down. Explore this little hamlet, sit a spell in this delightful setting, under the 100 year old oaks and cedars.  Take in the charm of days-gone-by and see if this one is for you.

Let’s go take a look!


Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | August 16, 2018

GSOB Info – Dying Trees?


Many trees have been impacted by the drought, but we have also had reports of the Gold Spotted Oak Borer (GSOB) on Palomar.

Driving along Hwy 76 and coming up East Grade, you can see trees impacted by the GSOB.

There are two very helpful guides at the top of the Fire Safe Council   Also, you’ll find a link to the GSOB website that has been recently updated.

Check it out and be informed.  More info soon on options for prevention.

The above info with links was provided by:

From: Ricardo Aguilar []

Here is the information pamphlet.

This is my GSOB Bible, lots of great researched information.

Also you can go to

if you haven’t done so, lots of great updated information here as well.

Let me know if there are any questions,



Q.A.L:109009 /  ISA Arborist:WE-10235A
Phone: 760-705-5571 – Fax: 760-539-7573



Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | August 16, 2018

Truck For Sale


1988 Ford F 150 56,000 original miles

Garage kept, interior like new, new tires, shocks , complete new brakes front rear

New tuneup on engine. $7200.00

Nick, 760 604 3612


Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | August 16, 2018

Un-Plug! Maybe Thunderstorms!

Ok, a chance of thunderstorms just may be heading our way.  Yesterday I was driving to show property listening to my radio.  A thunderstorm alert cut in.  We got a few sprinkles but when I heard that lightening crack off in the distance, I was thinking, “I sure wish my computer was unplugged”!

Now is your chance.  If this storm heads your way, or if you take off for the afternoon, you might want to unplug some things.

We have several stories up here from neighbors who lost their computer, tv, appliances, phone and more during a thunderstorm.

Beautiful, bright blue sky right now and such a lovely day.  Hard to believe a storm may be heading this way ’round noon.  So, just in case, only unplug the things you don’t want to replace…   🙂

(If we do get rain, I’ll be dancing in it!!!)



Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | August 13, 2018

34 acres of views and berry pickin’!

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Wild elderberry bushes, an orchard with apples, peaches, apricot, nectarine and persimmons plus blackberries and raspberries that are ready for sampling now!

Click for lots of photos, more info, then let’s go taste and see!  New price reduction for you, too!

(I had some mountain berries for breakfast and highly recommend it!!!)

Let’s go!

Bonnie Phelps

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | August 11, 2018

Four Planets Visible


From: Michael Pique

Libby found this article. Take a look before Mars fades too much and the moon gets in the way…

Mars, Saturn, Jupiter and Venus now visible simultaneously to the naked eye, so you can see the plane of the solar system.

The Brightest Planets in August’s Night Sky: How to See them (and When) By Joe Rao, Skywatching Columnist


Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | August 11, 2018

Show-deo Saturday!

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Like horses?  Like to see a great Show-deo?  Everyone is invited to the Palomar Christian Conference Center for this week’s Closing Ceremony!  It is amazing what those girls have learned to do in one week.  We go each year and it is so fun to watch!

Both our granddaughters happen to be there this week for Horse Camp.  Photos are posted each day:    Wow!  What a great time these kids have.

This is the last week of Horse camp for the summer.  The closing ceremony will begin at 10 am on Saturday, August, 11, 2018.  You’re asked to arrive 15 minutes early.  Everyone is welcome.

Directions:  Go through the State Park and follow directions to the Christian Conference Center.  When you see the camp buildings, turn into the first parking lot on your left and you will see the horse barn, arena and bleachers off to the left.  You might appreciate a hat and sunscreen.

Bonnie Phelps


Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | August 9, 2018

That was quick! Real Estate Update

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Just 14 short days ago, I posted a message about Life Above the Clouds, a beautiful view home for sale.  We had a buyer up the next day who didn’t hesitate and got his over-asking, offer accepted.  At the same time three others were waiting in line as back-ups.  So sorry to disappoint them, but we have a very happy buyer signing loan docs today with a promised closing of tomorrow!

After several very complicated closings, this 14 day deal is a breath of fresh air.

If you have an off-mountain view home, let’s talk!  We sure have some folks with that on their wish-list!

Also have this new lender in my pocket.  Very impressive to have everything to the finish line in two weeks!  Like to get pre-approved? Just let me know.

Bonnie Phelps

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | August 9, 2018

Holy Smokes at Midnight


Many of us on Palomar woke up about midnight because of smoke.  I turned on the outside lights, could see smoke in the air and it was burning my eyes.  My husband’s truck was gone and our daughter-in-law’s car was in our driveway.  They were out with quite a few others checking for a live fire. They first went to the fire department but didn’t detect smoke over there at all so drove to the camp since that is where two of our granddaughters are for Horse Camp this week.  With the amount of smoke, I was expecting to see flames pretty close.  Wandering around outside in my jammies, I guessed it was smoke from the Holy Fire.

However, smoke was so strong on this side of the mountain that the fire department was called by us and quite a few others. I felt kind of bad getting them out of bed and seeing them go by as by then we’d realized it was just drifting smoke, but a lot of it.

This morning we learn that the Holy Fire went from 4000 acres to 9200 overnight so our inconvenience is nothing compared to what 20,000 people have with their evacuation orders and all they are dealing with.

I can’t help but want to get out there and do all we can to make our properties more fire safe.  I’ve been preaching for years to remove dead and dying trees.  I’ve suggested thinning to  ’80 per acre’ that forestry folks have said would maintain a healthy forest up here during times of drought.  Many areas have up 80 trees in a few square feet.  Cedars die from the bottom, up and firs from the top, down.   We need to get more guys on weed eaters and mowers (with hoses or water tenders close) and remove extra debris.

Let’s all take action on the info that everyone should have received by now via our local, friendly fire department.  They have been visiting each property with recommendations for making your property more fire safe.  We see a lot of folks cleaning up but there is still much fuel on the ground, right next to cabins.

Interested in having some locals do the work?  Our Fire Safe Council has a list of Local Resources for you.  (Would you like to add your name to the list?  Just let me know.)

Much more info heading your way, keep the date open on the 16th for a great how-to class, plus, here are some messages you might review:

2017 The End of the Road

2016 Note on your Door?

2012 Check your Trees

2010 Oak Tree Update

2018 Saving the Oaks from GSOB

Stay safe out there and enjoy the rest of your summer!

Bonnie Phelps




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