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April 28, 2005

Hello from Cuyamaca State Park

Day 3, San Diego 2005

As the late morning sun shone thru the window, Anchi and I decided decided to take the chance to check out the Cuyamaca State Park and Julian just 1.5hr-drive east of San Diego. The area was burnt badly by the 2003 San Diego wildfire, so we were not sure if it has recovered yet. "Is it still bare and sad ?", we wondered...

Well, as we drove up HWY8 and 79, we were pleasantly surprised by sceneries filled with all the happy new growth and wildflowers, probably because of the unusually wet and rainy Californian winter/spring seasons. In fact, the drive was more scenic than I could ever remember. We parked our car near the bridge crossing the sweatwater river, and hiked a little along the east-side trail. Very quickly we were both taking pictures like crazy ... The scenery was quite unusual - You can imagined the original old Oak tree grove now only outlined by the dark-burnt bare tree trunks. All the wild flowers now blooming probably would not have been this prosperous without the ample sunlight allowed in...

>> Click on this photo to see the slide show <<

By 2pm, we were both cold, hungry, and out of batteries... As the clouds/fog/rain gradually set in, we drove to Julian and had MOM's apple pies and cider. After filling our stomach, we walked around the two-block town, and browsed thru some cute little shops.

When we got back to the car, Anchi realized that she forgot to turn off the headlight!!! We were both dumbfounded! "Oh, NOOO... Will AAA find a way to rescue us in this remote little mining town ??", I thought loudly to myself... Fortunately, a nice couple walked by and came back (on Anchi's request???) to give us a jump start, so we narrowly escaped a tragic end to this otherwise happy trip...8-)

Posted by Big Sis at April 28, 2005 09:24 PM


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