Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | December 8, 2017

Power ON!

Just got this welcomed message from Chef Chad at the Conference Center:

Power back on at camp.
How about your house?

We unplugged the generator and sure enough!  Let there be LIGHT!

If the winds pick back up, SDG&E might need to power down again.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | December 8, 2017

Power Update

The power is still out on Palomar.  I spoke with crews working to check lines.  There are a lot of branches down and they want to make sure their lines are safe to turn back on.  Because of the calm wind now the possibility might be to turn power back on tonight.  However, because of stronger winds predicted through the weekend, it might be longer.

Click for more SDG&E info.

For weekenders, unless you have a propane fridge or a generator hooked up, the next time you are at your cabin, you’d want to start fresh with your refrigerator and freezer supply.

Several folks have called and asked about the ‘Sweetwater Fire in Cleveland National Forest’. Cleveland is a very large forest so that area is down in east county.

So thankful to wake to the calm day on the Mountain!

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | December 8, 2017

Power out on Palomar

SDG&E has the power off on the Mountain because of the extreme wind.  It is a safety precaution with the fire danger.  It will be off through Saturday but maybe off until Monday or so.  Things in your freezer will last about 12 hours and the power has been off up here since about 1:00 pm today.

Over the past years our power has been off during the winter so folks without generators, bag things up and put them outdoors…  that isn’t going to work this time.

It seems so trite to be concerned about having our power off for a few days compared with what others our dealing with tonight.  Take care everyone.

God Bless you All,

Bonnie and Family

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | December 8, 2017

Nate Harrison Grade blocked

Huge tree is down near the top of the Nate.  About 3 feet in diameter.  It is totally blocking the road.  Already called in to County Road crew.

Just spoke to James, foreman with County Roads. He was driving down the South Grade and was the first to stop in front of a large tree blocking the grade this morning.   Three hours later the had that grade open.  The Nate will not be opened until some time tomorrow.

Thanks to all who work to keep our mountain safe!

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | December 7, 2017

RSVP Please for Cookie Party & Lunch


The chefs at the Christian Conference Center want to make sure they have enough supplies and food for all.  Please RSVP by tomorrow so they can get their order in for the cookie party and lunch for all on Tuesday! Click for more details.

Santa hats optional!


Chefs Chad and Steve

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | December 6, 2017

Extreme Wind & Being Prepared

School-backpack-clipart-free-clipart-images   Most of you have seen the devastation from the newest fires in Ventura and LA Counties.  So sad. See article below about those extreme winds heading south.

<<From: Rosemary Johnston Subject: San Diego faces ‘extreme’ wildfire danger starting late tonight – The San Diego Union-Tribune Sounds like the most danger is in east county, but I suspect it could get challenging on Palomar also.>>

Since it is a very real situation for your city house or mountain cabin – no matter where we live, you might consider scrolling though this info and updating your property photos, insurance records and County Assessor information and being prepared with an updated To Go Bag and your vehicles full of fuel.

We’re praying for all impacted by the fires and for safety for our beautiful mountain.

Bonnie and Family




Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | December 1, 2017

Last Chance for Summer Camp Di$count$

Do you have a child, grandchild or neighbor kid who would love to go to Summer Camp on Palomar Mountain?  This post is very last minute for a $100.00 discount through Friday at 11:45 am (that would be today).  All the details are on the camp website below.

Last summer our oldest granddaughter loved her first week of Horse Camp.  This year her brother can hardly wait for Adventure Camp and her younger sister will join her on the horses.  The programs and staff are wonderful.  Delicious food, great accommodations and tons of fun!

Check it out – quick – for a great savings for a week at camp on our favorite mountain!

From: Charity Hartley

Subject: RE: Pre-register – Last Chance for Summer Camp Discounts!

Click  for all the details!

Charity Hartley Summer Camp Registrar

Palomar Christian Conference Center 760-742-3400


Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | November 30, 2017

Community Christmas Party


Everyone is invited to our annual Christmas Party sponsored by the folks of the Community Center for Palomar Mountain.  Might even have snow!  Wouldn’t that be fun!!!  Here are the details:

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Appetizer and Desert Potluck.

Saturday Evening, December 9th, 6PM to 8:30PM at Mother’s Kitchen

We will also have coloring sheets & free crayons for the Mountain kids, small silent auction items and music and fun.  Coffee, tea and cider provided by the CCPM.

Hope to see you there!
Jack, Rosie & Nanci



Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | November 29, 2017

Christmas Cookie Party & Lunch


From: Chad Villareal []


Palomar Christian Conference Center invites you to join us for a cookie making and  decorating class.

We would love to have you and your children come build, cut, decorate and eat yummy Christmas cookies!

When: Tuesday, December 12 at 10:00 a.m.

Where: Conference Center Dining Hall

What to bring: Cookie tins so you can take your creations home. Cookie cutters if you have something special you would like to use.

A hearty lunch will be provided immediately following!

We hope to see you there!


Chad Villarreal

Palomar Christian Conference Center


When you arrive at the camp, please park in the big parking lot.  Walk straight down the road to the office, then off to the left to the Dining Hall.


Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | November 29, 2017

Triple J Ranch – New Neighbors!

triple j

It’s all about Family at the Triple J Ranch!

When brothers Jim, Jeff, and John came up to look for land they said they wanted a place for their families to gather.  They had a dream to create a ranch for a weekend getaway – far away from their very busy lives in Orange County. Jim’s wife,  Tashla enjoys playing board games and relaxing from her normally hectic schedule with work and kids.  John and Anna and Jeff and Jennifer also look forward, as much as possible, to load up their kids, pack in the food, make that last Home Depot stop and head to the hills.   Sister, Jenna and family join them when they can from Colorado. The brothers wanted a place for all the cousins to experience nature and make great memories just being together – a ‘legacy property’ they would all work on and keep in the family always.

The brothers had an amazing vision for the neglected and over-grown land they just had to have.  I’d peeked at progress photos that really intrigued me and finally got to see the ranch for the first time over the weekend.  So impressive and inspiring! Everywhere you look you see their signature of hard work, fine craftsmanship and super creative ideas.

The cabins are amazing and I love their priority!  The first project was to build a cabin for Mom! Jeanie is so blessed with such a cute-as-a-bug cabin. Furnished with  inviting, vintage antiques and lots of love. The children enjoy so much stopping by Mimi and Papa’s cabin for a quick game of cards.

triple j card game

Everyone worked together clearing the land and grooming trees.  They built picnic tables and wooden barrel trash can containers that all have ‘Triple J Ranch” burned into the wood.  So many creative touches. Love the new sign that was one of this past weekend’s projects.

triple j ranch thanksgiving

They play real hard too!  Last Thanksgiving found twelve around their table.  This year it was twenty four!  All sorts of games, activities and music – lots of music for kids of all ages every time they can get to Palomar.

triple j music

Of course, this weekend included making gingerbread houses and decorating the outdoor Christmas tree with lots of laughter and memories to cherish forever.

triple j christmas tree

Everyone has been pretty good this past year so Santa just may be on his way again real soon.

Triple J Santa

Merry Christmas from all at the Triple J Ranch!


You’re invited to meet more New Neighbors

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