April 2007 Trip to Julian, CA
Sally and I took a short trip to Julian. Julian is a small town in the mountains of San Diego County. For us, this was a combined after tax-season trip and Sally's birthday trip.

We left on Friday about 2 PM. Its only an hour or so to drive to Julian from where we live. We found the place where we were staying and checked in.

Butterfield Bed and Breakfast - Apple Sweet Room
I just found this place on the Internet. It was really nice. We were in the Apple Sweet Room - quiet and peaceful. We had a fireplace but it was much too warm to use it. After temperatures in the 30's a few weeks ago, we arrived to find 80 degree weather.

We went out to Margarita's, a Mexican restaurant, for dinner.
The grounds of the B&B were nice. Sally especially liked these.
The door to our room was at the rear of the building. In this picture, it's at the bottom left of the building. The stairs lead up the patio and the entrance to the dining room.
This is Guido, the resident cat.
One of the guests at the B&B we met was Mark McMahon. Mark does drawings for corporations and for his own distribution. He was on a trip down the west coast, doing drawings of baseball parks. On Saturday, he drove to Petco Park. He showed us his preliminary sketches on Sunday. You can see more of his work on his web site (click on the drawing) and on corbis.com.
Santa Ysabel Open Space Preserve
On Saturday, we hiked in from the east. We started at the Staging Area on Farmer's Road. We walked from there to the intersection with the Kanaka Loop and then returned. It would be an interesting hike to go one way from the east to the west (which terminates on highway 79 in Santa Ysabel).

Trail Map
It is part of the San Dieguito River Park.
On Saturday night, after dinner at the Julian Cafe, we went to a county western dance at Bailey's BBQ. Sally actually got me on the dance floor (two-step and jitterbug).  Sorry no pictures (thankfully). The group was the Red Hot Roosters. They were pretty good.

Sally had to find someone who could do the two-step better than me. Sitting next to us was the father of the band's bass player. He was a much better dancer than me and Sal had to work to keep up with him.

The owners of the Butterfield B&B, Ed and Dawn, were also in attendence.

The crowd was small, though. Generally there were not many people in Julian over the weekend. I'm not sure why.
On Sunday, we hiked to the top of Volcan Mountain.
Its about a 1400 foot elevation gain over 2.5 miles (pretty steep). The trail is open to the top from April to November from 8AM to Sunset on weekends only. Otherwise, you can only go about 1.9 miles to a locked gate.
Docent lead hikes are frequently held, check the web site.
On Sunday night, Sally treated me out to an Italian dinner at Romano's.
Monday morning, it was another great breakfast and we headed out. We stopped in Julian to do a little shopping. Most stores were open by 11 AM. We drove to William Heise County Park which was hit pretty badly by the 2003 Cedar fire. As we drove through the area, a lot of damage was still visible.
We were home by 2PM with a suitcase filled with dirty clothes and lots of great memories.

Sally wrote this email:

Hi Family and Friends,

Just a quick note to (publicly) thank Mark for this year's wonderful birthday trip.  We went for three nights at a Bed and Breakfast in Julian. Saturday we hiked in the Santa Ysabel preserve and Sunday up to the top of Volcan Mountain.  Everything was beautiful and green and sprinkled with wild flowers.

We went to the "local event" on Saturday night and had fun country western dancing to a visiting band.  (I haven't been country western dancing in years and it was so much fun.)

The B & B was beautiful, comfortable and the owners were very welcoming and accomodating.  We got plenty of exercise, but I would have to say that the weekend was very relaxing and renewing.

So, thank you, Mark, my wonderful husband, for the unforgetable weekend with you.

Love, Sal


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