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Route 78: A Drive Around the San Diego Mountains, California, US - 9th August 2005

It's the third working trip to San Diego this year, and it's a very short one, but after a few hours of meetings at head office, Nosher still manages to head out in a convertible v-8 Mustang to tour the mountains of San Diego, in the Cleveland National Forest and the Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. The route (after an unintended wander around the myriad seemingly-identical freeways in order to get started) takes in Routes 78 and 79, a few minor roads and a return back up Interstate 8 - a total of around 120 miles. There's a song, "It Never Rains in California", which in this case was not entirely correct, as just the other side of the small town of Julian, CA, menacing and scary clouds rolled in consuming the mountain tops before them: the weather changed from bright sunshine to end-of-the-world dark, cloudy skies in less than an hour.

next album: Qualcomm goes Punting on the Cam, Grantchester Meadows, Cambridge - 18th August 2005
previous album: The BBS, and the Big Skies of East Anglia, Diss and Hunston, Norfolk and Suffolk - 6th August 2005

A patriotic shed just outside Ramona

The patriotic shed, and a stop sign

Postboxes on sticks, on Littlepage Lane

A fork in the road

Desertey scrub

R-78 and an emergency phone

R-78 heads to the mountains

The hired car - a v-8 Mustang convertible

R-78 winds down into Santa Ysabel

A Santa Ysable real-estate agent

The Santa Ysabel general store

The porch of the general store

Rusting antique farm machinery, including a Farmall tractor

An antique shop with a whole heap of stuff outside

More rusting equipment

A derelict cart props a sign up

A big 'sem-eye' hauls a trailer-full of beer

David Huls' Scrimshaw Studio on R-78

There are a couple of nice of 50s pickups in the yard

The pleasant, almost-twee town of Julian

Julian's town hall

Empty bench and ice machine

Covered sidewalks

The old Julian Garage, from 1917

A horse and buggy trots down the road

A classic yellow fire hydrant

A Julian crossroads

The W. E. Cole building: Pistols and Petticoats for sale

A small-town liquor store

A house on a hill-top. The dark skies are massing behind

A wind-driven water pump

Burned-out shrubs

The darks skies loom over Cuyamaca

Desert scrub in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

Bush fires a few years ago have left their mark

Scary clouds

More skeletal trees

Sunset over a mountain

More sunset action

The Mustang hire-car makes another impressive appearance

Frosty Burger in Guatay, near I-8

Lights from a gas station reflect in the wet tarmac

Closed: No Loitering

A closed, but brightly-lit shop in the dark

The view from the hotel room

Eucalyptus tree

Prickly Pear cactus

The curious erosion of Torrey Pine

Dennis Hernandez looks out

The calm Pacific ocean

Sunset over the Pacific

A nighttime view from the hotel window

For some reason, this sign was amusing

A stretch limo comes to pick Nosher up for the LAX airport run

Nosher's feet in a stretch limo

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A patriotic shed just outside Ramona

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