Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | November 27, 2018

Beautiful Fall and maybe First Snow?


Dropped a grandson off and just had to stop and take this photo for you.  Isn’t it gorgeous seeing the sun on the oak?  Sure is beautiful up here these days.

Fall is my favorite time of year.  Well, until we have snow…

Maybe this week?!!  We don’t see snowflakes in the forecast yet but are teased with 29 degrees!

Be sure your cabin is ready for freezing temps and check that supply of hot chocolate!

Click for tips to winterize

Bonnie Phelps

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | November 26, 2018

Prescribed Burn coming up


A few days ago, Tim Grey with the Forest Service came by.  He explained that they have a burn planned for the 70 acres that is shares the southerly line of Section 14 with Crestline and Birch Hill. (The 70 acres is the blue wavy triangle piece in the photo, just above East Grade).  They have prepared the land with a masticator and hand crews to stage piles for burning.  This should be a wonderful fire break for the area of our mountain with the most cabins and homes.

Tim was looking for contact info for a property owner above the 70 acres.  Thanks to Rob Hawk who gave permission for the crew to park 4 large water tenders on his land.

When the soil is damp enough, weather conditions right and the crew in place, the burn will take place.  Tim will send a message so will know when to expect to see smoke.  I’ll turn it around so you’ll have all the details.

Thanks Tim, Forest Service Crew, Cal Fire, Forestry, Fire Safe Council and so many of you who are working to make our mountain more fire safe.

Bonnie Phelps, Resident Realtor


Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | November 26, 2018

Christmas Cookie Decorating Party


The Second Annual Christmas Cookie Decorating Party will be hosted by the Palomar Christian Conference Center.  Thanks to Chefs Steve and Chad!  It was such a fun event last year for kids of all ages!

Monday, mid morning, December 17th  (not Tuesday Kids Club Day)

Be sure to save the date.  More details to follow!

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | November 26, 2018

Holiday Variety Kids Show


Holiday Variety Show!! Kids can perform secular or Christian holiday songs / dances / poems by themselves or in a group.

Tuesday, December 11 th 9:30 am at the Outreach Center.

Cadence and Molly are making up a dance to “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” from “The Nutcracker”. Rowan is going to read a poem about Santa and his reindeer from Shel Silverstein. Opal loves “Jingle Bells” and might be ringing some bells!  Judah and Sunshine would do “When Christmas Comes To TownKiki is still thinking up her gig. Atticus, who knows.  Chloe might memorize a Bible verse, maybe something in Luke. She may even fall in love with a Christmas song by then.

Lots more kids will perform. Yay!!

Please bring snacks to share – no nuts, please.

Come and join in the fun!

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | November 26, 2018

Learn about Bats! This Tuesday


Lots of great events planed for December for Palomar Kids and those who love them!

From: Stacy Eriksen, Kids Club Coordinator

This Tuesday, Nov. 27th: BATS at 10am at the Outreach Center!!

Don is a retired professional that frequently volunteers with Anza Borrego Desert State Park and the Natural History Museum of San Diego. He was recommended by a bat biologist who was conducting some research in the State Park. Hope you can make it — promises to be very educational!!

For the littles, we will do a storytime at 9:30am with a few bat books thrown in. Might be a craft too…working in that part!

Directions:  Take the road to the Observatory, almost to the very end.  The Outreach Center is the last driveway on the left before you get to the main entrance of the Observatory.

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | November 24, 2018

Have everything for the Concert at 3:00?


Family? Friends? Coats, mittens, hats? Folding chair? Blanket?

Amazing Brett has been practicing his amazing organ for our Thanksgathering Concert today. No rain in the forecast but Baby, it’s cold outside!

We have some chairs with blankets ready to snuggle under and hope YOU can join us!

See you a little before 3:00 out in front of Brett’s:  Here are the directions:

Bonnie Phelps

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | November 21, 2018

Here is the NBC News Clip

Well, it was fun to take the news guy around yesterday.  He had about an hour of film but was done with this “Forest Dweller” in a few seconds for the quick spot on the evening news.  I don’t do TV so hadn’t seen the clip.  But, just opened an email and Danny-the-Reporter sent it to us.  Yes, he zeroed in on a pet-peave of mine – those pesky little cedars….

Click to see a few quick comments about making our mountain more fire safe.

Glad to help with any questions you have for grooming your property or sources who can take care of that for you.  Meanwhile, our Fire Safe Council also has a link to Local Resources to get you rolling.

Bonnie Phelps, Forest Dweller

Here is the link:

Click to see also my comments given to the NBC News reporter.

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | November 19, 2018

NBC News Tonight 4 and 6pm

Had a last minute call as NBC Reporter, Danny Freeman.  He was on his way up the mountain.  The recent fires prompted a story about the need for getting properties more fire safe.   He rode around with me seeing some of what has been done on Palomar.

Not sure what he will use but I  mentioned that during a time of drought, it has been estimated that Palomar’s trees could survive best where there is about 80 trees per acre.  Some places are 1000 trees per acre so there is a lot of work that could be done.

I praised our Firesafe Council for all they are doing and the National Forest folks who have had a masticator and hand crews clearing the front side of Section 14 where they abut Crestline.  The County Road guys do a great job grooming along-side the public road.  SDG&E has done so much over the years, taking down standing dead at risk of falling on their power lines and replacing wood poles with metal ones.

We spoke of the time there was a farmer with his herd of goats that cleared a 10 acre area on the canyon slope below AT&T phone repeater and the County Road Station.  Perfect timing before that last fire showed up.

Driving around, Danny saw quite a few examples where brush and trees are very thick, right next door to properties where the owners have done a great job.

I mentioned insurance companies actually require more fire clearance that the Forest Service and it helps so much with even getting new insurance to have properties groomed before inspections.

We talked quite a bit about thinning out these small cedars that carpet the mountain in so many areas and the importance of pulling or cutting them while they are small.  As they grow bigger, they are all fighting for the same water and sun so survive best when about 20 feet apart.

Also mentioned that we are thankful that we are not required to get permits to cut down a tree on our own land.  Mammoth and Tahoe, for example had a $500.00 permit per tree the last time I was talking to folks there.  Several years ago we were on our way to Tahoe and I commented how the cabins we passed had so little defendable space.  I said it would be such a risk to send fire crews through some of those roads.  We stayed at a campground and mentioned how over-grown the area was, then at dinner and another place for breakfast.  The folks I talked to all said the same thing, “Permits to take down one tree were $500.00.  It was just too expensive….”

About 5 days later, we heard on the news that Tahoe was on fire.  I tracked it and the campground and restaurants where we ate, all burned.   It broke my heart.  If only they had their properties groomed, if only they didn’t have the permit fees, if only…   I realize the recent fires also had extreme wind conditions, but most fires could have less damage with some planning ahead.

So, my suggestions are to only groom around the large trees and the structures you’d really like to keep…

For those of you who want to tune in, the story is to air on the 4:00 and 6:00 news on Channels 7 and 39.

Thank you Danny!

Bonnie Phelps, Realtor


Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | November 18, 2018

Thanksgathering Concert


Are you going to be on the mountain for Thanksgiving weekend?

You are invited gather your family and friends and come to a delightful outdoor concert given by one of our mountain neighbors, Brett Michael Houser.  He plays this magnificent organ in his cabin. It is so fun to listen and the more the merrier!

Brett has also played the Spreckels Organ in Balboa Park and per their tradition, he will begin and end Saturday’s concert with the same patriotic songs.  Three other selections will also be performed:


Jig Fugue Buxtehude in C Major

Fanfair by Dr. Francis Jackson

A famous hymn of thanks – Now Thank we all our God

National Anthem

This Saturday,  start gathering about 2:45 as the concert will start promptly at 3:00 pm  –   Brett will greet us, introduce the songs. then will go back inside, leaving his doors and windows open for us all to hear another amazing concert.

Directions: You might want to bring a folding chair, warm jackets plus a big umbrella as there is a chance of rain. (That would be extra fun!)  Please park at the end of Crestline by the Lodge.  From where Crestline ends, take the road to the left (you’ll pass two cabins on each side). Follow that road to the first chance to turn right. Turn right, and continue on that little dirt road. Brett’s home is the 5th cabin on the left. Light gold/yellow cabin with dark brown trim and an American Flag on his porch. (His home is just before one of my listings, so you can follow the Palomar Properties signs). If you would like to drive in to drop off your folding chairs, and part of your group, you are welcome, but there is no room to park and we aren’t to block his parking area or the road.

Lots to be thankful for on this little mountain!

Bonnie Phelps

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | November 16, 2018

68 Acres and Tiny House Barnsita!

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Imagine 68 acres of your own private forest and a cute-as-can be ‘Barnsita’ for Glamping on your property!  Made from two 10×12 Tuff Sheds, you have a special space for a fun stress-release from the city. Wake up to amazing pastel sunrises with this view from across the land.  A road runs through the interior of the land and ends in an area with a large deck or stage platform for … what every your heart desires.  Towering trees are begging for trails to be cut to discover and explore this diverse land.

Four season photos and lots more info available on my website.

Let’s bundle up and go check it out!

Bonnie Phelps, Realtor

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