Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | June 17, 2017

Road is Open


Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | June 17, 2017

76 and South Grade Closed?

There was a murder in front of the Stage Stop last night.  Road was closed at 3 am and may be closed for 12 hours according to article with a map showing Hwy 76 / Valley Center Rd, and may still be closed all day today.

Check it out before you head up or off mountain today!

If you have a spirit of adventure, it is a beautiful day for clear views on Nate Harrison Grade or circle ’round Lake Henshaw and up the East Grade.

Here are options for getting updated info:

1. Call CHP and talk to Dispatch 858 637-3800



4. Call the info line 800 427-7623



Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | June 13, 2017

Square Dance Lesson and Animal Lovin’

Last week was so fun! Mountain Man Bruce Druliner brought along his guitar and gave their first square dance lesson to Palomar’s Moms and Kids Club. Thanks Bruce!
Tomorrow you are invited to meet at 10 am at Mrs. Borland’s farm.  
She’ll also help with square dancing with a short 15 minute lesson. Yay!
Then, we’ll have some animal lovin’ time!!
For more information, email or call 0214.
Come play with us!
Stacy Eriksen

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | June 11, 2017

New Video on Fire Towers

Looking for a fun day trip?  Check out Boucher Lookout in the State Park! It is a fun place to visit nest time you are on the mountain!

From: Robert Gonsett
Subject: Fire lookout towers make a comeback in San Diego County

The San Diego Union-Tribune New video (well done) and story on the Boucher Hill fire lookout:



Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | June 5, 2017

Sun Day and Square Dance Lessons

Our Palomar Kids Club Sun Day is tomorrow, June 6th, at 10am at the Observatory Outreach Center.

SOLAR OVEN COOKING:  I’m making my oven ahead of time using this model:  But feel free to make any type of oven!

If not doing solar oven cooking, make sure to bring a lunch for your kids to eat – no potluck this time.  Bring your own food to cook in the ovens.


We’ll be making ice cream for sundaes. Everyone needs to bring a gallon and a quart zip lock bag, along with one topping for the sundaes to share — just no nuts, please! Let us know what you’ll bring.

CYANOTYPE PAPER ART AND SOLAR TELESCOPE VIEWING: We’ll do cyanotype paper art again, so bring things for exposing! Nothing needed for solar telescope viewing.

SQUARE DANCE LESSONS, TOO!  If you and/or your kids want to learn to square dance, show up at 9am for our first lesson with Bruce Druliner. Lessons are for people who know their right foot from their left  🙂  Sure to be fun.  Bruce’s roots on Palomar go back to 1954 when his grandparents purchased ‘Rancho Palomar’ off the East Grade. Click for more about ‘Mountain Man Bruce‘ and get those dancing shoes on.

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For more information, email or call 0214. Come play with us!  Stacy Eriksen

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | June 4, 2017

Saturn’s Icy Moon

From: Rosemary Johnston

Subject: Cassini Seeks Insights to Life in Plumes of Enceladus, Saturn’s Icy Moon – The New York Times

This should pique the interest of our friends at the observatory. Fascinating! There’s more out there than we know!

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | June 3, 2017

‘Turquoise Treat’ Cabin For Sale

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Coming Soon!!!  For those of you who would like a cabin that ISN’T a fixer… now is your chance!  By the time escrow closes, the owner will have this absolutely charming cabin all brand new for you.  Quick, click for more photos and info  then come on up to see!

Oh!  What is the ‘Turquoise Treat’?  (So, cute!!!)  Patience, patience…  photos soon.   Or, you are invited to come see for yourself!  Quick!  Let’s go check it out!

Bonnie Phelps, Realtor

760 742-1742

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | June 2, 2017

Apple King Ranch For Sale

Truly a hidden gem. Spectacular views in every direction from this amazingly beautiful 39 acres.  Years ago the owner pointed out an old foundation of an old cabin he believed to belong to the Cleaver family.  According to a delightful read, the Cleaver family homesteaded the land in 1891.  Clark Cleaver was known as the Apple King of Palomar Mountain.  He planted a variety of amazingly delicious apples that won awards at the County Fairs a century ago and still are enjoyed by many.  The biggest blackberry patch on Palomar is another treat!  Such delicious blackberries!

The beautiful land would also be excellent for horses.  Framed with oaks, cedars and firs, the meadows are perfect for livestock.  Escape to this private, peaceful, off-mountain view all the way to the islands dotting the Pacific. An 1842 square foot home was built in 1976 and needs a remodel so come make it yours! Well water, power, phone service. Excellent year-round access. Click for MLS info and more photos then lets go tour!

Bonnie Phelps, Realtor



Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | May 29, 2017

Memorial Day 2017

Memorial Day

Many of us are privileged to enjoy Memorial Day on beautiful Palomar Mountain today – with thanks to those who have given their all.

See also:

Remembering Kenny

Pearl Harbor to Palomar

Memorial Day and Bill Leibold

(If the video doesn’t play, click on the title of the post to open in your browser.)



Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | May 26, 2017

“Rust and Dust” Flea Market

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Do you love vintage cabin rustic and shabby chic?  How about primitive, industrial, farm house, garden or architectural?   Palomar’s own, Edie Bickler and her ‘Rust and Dust’ gals have some wonderful treasures to discover call your own at a huge Flea Market this weekend.  4559 Hwy 79 just 30 minutes down the road.  Saturday and Sunday 9 to 4


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