Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | August 5, 2017

Wow, what a View!

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It’s a bird, it’s a plane… it’s paramotor pilots having fun over Palomar!  Family friend, Jeff Sikora sent the photos our way.  He is also a pilot but was driving ground crew for his buddies July 25th.  They took off from Warner Springs and flew over the Observatory on their way to Lake Skinner.  Photographer/pilot, Jeff Hamann, got some great shots of World Class JC Perren with his paramotor.


Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | August 2, 2017

Wow! Take a look at this Storm!

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If you’d like to follow this storm on a webcam, check out the camera on High Point Lookout:

Thanks to Friends of Palomar Mountain State Park for posting!

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | August 2, 2017

1 1/2 inches of rain in 40 minutes!

We’re enjoying a wonderful summer thunder storm. When the sky opened and started pouring rain, it hasn’t let up!   Lots of thunder and lightening too.  I think the video below is what got a lot of us loving thunderstorms.  Enjoy!  Meanwhile here is a tip for you:

THUNDERSTORMS IN THE FORECAST?  Best to unplug all appliances including computers, TV’s, refrigerators (12 hours on, 12 hours off) and anything else at risk of frying in a thunderstorm.  Neighbors have lost all of the above leaving them plugged in. 

Stay safe everyone and enjoy this rain!

Bonnie Phelps, Realtor

In the cities, Above the Clouds, and IN the Clouds during Thunderstorms


Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | August 2, 2017

Learn to protect your Home from Fire

Would you like to learn what firefighters learn to protect

your home and our Palomar community from wildfire?

Come to a free workshop on Palomar!

Click for the Flyer

Fire Operations in the Wildland Urban Interface

August 26, 2017, 9am — 4pm

Location: Palomar Mountain Fire Department

Station 79, 21610 Crestline Road, Palomar Mountain, 92060 .

Time: Workshop registration, coffee and refreshments at 8:30am; the course will

start promptly at 9:00am

Learn about prediction of wildfire behavior, principles of wildfire suppression and structural protection, evacuation and survival tips. Take a field trip to selected homes to do site assessments and apply lessons learned.

FREE of charge to local residents, representatives of community Fire Safe Councils,

and CERT members. Lunch will be provided.

Click to Register

Contact the Fires Safe Council of San Diego at 619-562-0096 for more information

or help registering.

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | July 30, 2017

Bear’s Den Mountain Home for Sale

The Pedley/Clark family roots on Palomar go back over 100 years to the days of their Great Grandfather.  He operated a thriving saw mill business. They owned all of Pedley Valley, woven with little logging roads, where trees were downed and lumber cut for the Lodge and our early cabins on Palomar.

A homestead cabin for their family with six children, looked out to their pond on land now owned by the Palomar Mutual Water company. An off-grid log cabin was built half a century ago in another location.  Modern conveniences were eventually very intriguing so the Clarks purchased their ‘Bear’s Den’ up on Crestline. Oh my, electric power, water and a real phone!

Five generations have loved Palomar all these years and are passing the torch for new owners to enjoy this home in a very private setting off Crestline.  Here is a peek for you:

Oh, you might be curious about what is in the little bowl?  Arrowhead and pottery shards the seller gathered in Pedley Valley over the years and has left for you.

More details here – Come on up for your tour!

Bonnie Phelps, Realtor

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Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | July 27, 2017

Mid Summer Night’s Dream

Would YOU like a $1.00 ticket to see Mid Summer Nights Dream! Tomorrow night dress rehearsal is open for anyone for $1.00 a seat so they have a live audience for this last time prior to opening night on Friday.

Three of the cast members are from Palomar Mountain!  Our oldest son, Brandon Phelps plays Oberon, King of the Fairies. His wife, Heidi is Titania, the Queen and head seamstress who is just finishing up very fancy, made-on-the-mountain, fabulous fairy costumes!  Our oldest granddaughter, Kiki will be wearing one in her part as Peaseblossom.

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the show by 6:45 pm Thursday night. I’ll have a basket for the $1.00 donation and “…we’ll enter the enchanting land of Shakespeare as his most notorious comic romp gets dreamt up”.

Shakespeare wrote the play in 1591 with a setting in Athens, Greece.  Lucky for you, the next two weekends, the play is just down the mountain at the Community Lutheran Church Theatre.  It is located at the bottom of the Valley Center Grade and Lake Wohlford Road.

The show opens Friday and plays the next two weekends.  You can get your tickets here: or at the door.

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | July 23, 2017

Solar Eclipse Info from Mike

One of our weekenders, Mike Pique enjoys running around the world to catch the best view of shows from the sky.  He sent us this great link for what to expect with this Eclipse a month from now.  Thanks Mike!

In know of several mountain folks heading north for the very best views.  Should be a fun view to remember from right here on Palomar, too!

From: Mike Pique

Info on safe viewing, eclipse glasses, and Xavier’s marvelous interactive map. Note all times are UTC/GMT so subtract some hours as explained on the main site. 30 days to go…

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | July 23, 2017

All -time High Heat!

I’ve seen a few air conditioning trucks up here lately!!!

We’ve lived on Palomar for the past 20 years and thought this has been the hottest weather so far.  Several days in the 90s!  Whew!  Thanks to weekenders Bill and Cheryl Kaiser for sending this article, it was the hottest month since 1970!

(Wow, that was a L O N G time ago!!! I was just graduating from high school…

a V E R Y long time ago!)

Stay cool!

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | July 23, 2017

Great Eclipse and Palomar Telescope Events for YOU

Fun event for kids of all ages.  Check it out:

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | July 18, 2017

Lose your cell phone?

Ken and Linda found a cell phone in the middle of the road at the top of the South Grade.  They are standing by waiting for you to call and claim your phone. It is in great shape! Hooray! 760 450-6478

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