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San Diego Trip - Julian - The art of Thornwolf
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San Diego Trip - Julian
I'm a bit out of order, but I wanted to show these pics from my San Diego county trip.

keesh, skorzy and I took a day trip to Julian, a little goldrush mountain town located in East San Diego County. It's very unlike any other part of San Diego both in community and in climate. skorzy has been missing the east coast so I figured this was the next best thing.

Their main claim to fame is Apple Pie and apple products such as ciders and juices, and seeing as how they just had the apple festival there it seemed like a great chance to grab some num nums. I used to come here as a kid on field trips and with family so being back here after so many years brought back warm memories, and the fall weather just complimented everything nicely.

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If you remember the view of the valley floor I took from Keys View in Joshua tree and the Salton Sea was on the left hand side, well this is that same area (different valley but same stretch of land) but from the southern end, and the Salton Sea is just offscreen to the upper right. Pretty trippy to be on a whole other mountain range looking towards home.
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We went to the Julian Pie Company for a slice of Americana. Now, I should say something, I really do not like apple pie. Whenever we'd go to Julian my dad would always always always get some apple pie, always raving about the Julian pies, and I've never really been a fan of cooked apples. But, since this trip seemed to have the central theme of "make dad jealous with all of the traditional restaurants/haunts we've gone to, now that he lives in FL and can't have it all the time" I felt it was only fitting to follow my typical "When In Rome" way of living, and I had a slice, also an apple cider donut (omg AWESOME) some cider and coffee. skorzy noticed that on the menu they offered the New England way of serving pie, that's with a couple slices of sharp cheddar melted on them. He thought I might like the pie a little more if I had that. I tell you, as much as I love cheese, that did NOT sound good to me at all, but I was proven wrong. That was the best damn piece of /any/ pie I have ever had in my life. I am completely converted. Apple pie without cheese is like a hug without a squeeze :)
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A little something for smokepaw. As a native San Diegan, every time I see this fire station it just looks so out of place to me. Totally not the architecture/general style you'd expect for San Diego. I guess its hard to explain, unless you have a stereotypical view of SD.
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One of these days I should use this blog for art. Hm.

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keesh From: keesh Date: November 18th, 2008 08:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, you have! That apple pie with the sharp cheddar was magnificent art, mmmmmmm, soo tasty! ;P

Very nice fall trip, I enjoyed immensely. I also have binoculars along with my bird book in the truck now.;3
doc_halfmoon From: doc_halfmoon Date: November 18th, 2008 11:02 am (UTC) (Link)
I'd love to have a slice of apple pie :P ... I miss grandmother's delightful pies! =D (Probably the method and results between here and there are different, but I admit that I'd like to try a slice of those apple pies with cheddar, even if I don't like cheese that much! ;)

I miss my beloved "Torta Paesana" (Villager's Pie) too ... it's basically chocolate and pine nuts!!! I love pine nuts!!! XD
dustmeat From: dustmeat Date: November 18th, 2008 03:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
I do miss Julian in the Fall.
hbruton From: hbruton Date: November 18th, 2008 03:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know that pie place! Eric Light took me there when we drove out to the desert when I was at a wedding last year. Great place and wonderful pie:) I like my chedder cheese unmelted on my warm pie myself. We must have taken the same route over the mountains from San Diego.

Where is that lake? Looks like a good place to check for birds:)
skorzy From: skorzy Date: November 18th, 2008 10:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lake Cuyamaca off Rt. 79. Its a state recreation area, so it has plenty of camping sites and hiking trails.
oldewolfe From: oldewolfe Date: November 18th, 2008 09:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Did you come by way of Ramona or by the 76/79?

I go up to Julian every month or so just for pie. In the winter I have to bring the chains for the truck to get up there.
featherlady_jt From: featherlady_jt Date: November 19th, 2008 12:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Julian is so awesome! And the drug store has the best root beer floats ever! I used to go up there all the time - did you do the gold mine tour? My great-grandfather was marshal there when that mine was still being worked, over a hundred years ago.
kayotae From: kayotae Date: November 27th, 2008 05:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love Julian. The California Wolf Center is there as well!

Next time, try Mom's Pies. I think they're the absolute best in town.

And it's a volunteer fire company. We bask in the old fashioned ;)
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