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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

2005 A patriotic shed just outside Ramona

A patriotic shed just outside Ramona

2005 The patriotic shed, and a stop sign

The patriotic shed, and a stop sign

2005 Postboxes on sticks, on Littlepage Lane

Postboxes on sticks, on Littlepage Lane

2005 A fork in the road

A fork in the road

2005 Desertey scrub

Desertey scrub

2005 R-78 and an emergency phone

R-78 and an emergency phone

2005 R-78 heads to the mountains

R-78 heads to the mountains

2005 The hired car - a v-8 Mustang convertible

The hired car - a v-8 Mustang convertible

2005 R-78 winds down into Santa Ysabel

R-78 winds down into Santa Ysabel

2005 A Santa Ysable real-estate agent

A Santa Ysable real-estate agent

2005 The Santa Ysabel general store

The Santa Ysabel general store

2005 The porch of the general store

The porch of the general store

2005 Rusting antique farm machinery, including a Farmall tractor

Rusting antique farm machinery, including a Farmall tractor

2005 An antique shop with a whole heap of stuff outside

An antique shop with a whole heap of stuff outside

2005 More rusting equipment

More rusting equipment

2005 A derelict cart props a sign up

A derelict cart props a sign up

2005 A big 'sem-eye' hauls a trailer-full of beer

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

2005 David Huls' Scrimshaw Studio on R-78

David Huls' Scrimshaw Studio on R-78

2005 There are a couple of nice of 50s pickups in the yard

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

2005 The pleasant, almost-twee town of Julian

The pleasant, almost-twee town of Julian

2005 Julian's town hall

Julian's town hall

2005 Empty bench and ice machine

Empty bench and ice machine

2005 Covered sidewalks

Covered sidewalks

2005 The old Julian Garage, from 1917

The old Julian Garage, from 1917

2005 A horse and buggy trots down the road

A horse and buggy trots down the road

2005 A classic yellow fire hydrant

A classic yellow fire hydrant

2005 A Julian crossroads

A Julian crossroads

2005 The W. E. Cole building: Pistols and Petticoats for sale

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

2005 A small-town liquor store

A small-town liquor store

2005 A house on a hill-top. The dark skies are massing behind

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

2005 A wind-driven water pump

A wind-driven water pump

2005 Burned-out shrubs

Burned-out shrubs

2005 The darks skies loom over Cuyamaca

The darks skies loom over Cuyamaca

2005 Desert scrub in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

Desert scrub in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

2005 Bush fires a few years ago have left their mark

Bush fires a few years ago have left their mark

2005 Scary clouds

Scary clouds

2005 More skeletal trees

More skeletal trees

2005 Sunset over a mountain

Sunset over a mountain

2005 More sunset action

More sunset action

2005 The Mustang hire-car makes another impressive appearance

The Mustang hire-car makes another impressive appearance

2005 Frosty Burger in Guatay, near I-8

Frosty Burger in Guatay, near I-8

2005 Lights from a gas station reflect in the wet tarmac

Lights from a gas station reflect in the wet tarmac

2005 Closed: No Loitering

Closed: No Loitering

2005 A closed, but brightly-lit shop in the dark

A closed, but brightly-lit shop in the dark

2005 The view from the hotel room

The view from the hotel room

2005 Eucalyptus tree

Eucalyptus tree

2005 Prickly Pear cactus

Prickly Pear cactus

2005 The curious erosion of Torrey Pine

The curious erosion of Torrey Pine

2005 Dennis Hernandez looks out

Dennis Hernandez looks out

2005 The calm Pacific ocean

The calm Pacific ocean

2005 Sunset over the Pacific

Sunset over the Pacific

2005 A nighttime view from the hotel window

A nighttime view from the hotel window

2005 For some reason, this sign was amusing

For some reason, this sign was amusing

2005 A stretch limo comes to pick Nosher up for the LAX airport run

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

2005 Nosher's feet in a stretch limo

Nosher's feet in a stretch limo

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A patriotic shed just outside Ramona