Living in Southern California you might have heard of a small town called Julian. A California Historical Landmark in San Diego County is very popular during apple season, but we decided to give it try for our Spring Vacation.
We stayed in a small cabin that on the property had a cute little pond. We explored the different types of birds from wild turkey to wood peckers, tons of ladybugs, tadpoles, and frogs! For this trip we really just wanted to get close to nature and of course my husband wanted to go fishing!
Not having any luck at the pond we went to a nearby Lake Cuyamaca, it only took about 15 minutes from where we were (nearby town) to get there. And look at that view! This place was beautiful! The picture above has no filter! You can fish, boat, and camp there. They even have a restaurant with a great view of the lake. I unfortunately had a bad experience there waiting around to put a to-go order. They didn't acknowledge me for fifteen minutes, and after serving someone else ahead of me and nothing I left. Instead we had pizza which was delicious from Wynola Pizza and Bistro. While my husband and the oldest fished, I entered the little one with the worms.
Unfortunately I had to stay at "home" because of a toothache, so my hubby took the boys to Eagle and High Peak Mine Tour. This is what he experience (his first post btw)
What a great surprise. As you first arrive, it doesn't look like much, a bit of a junkyard maybe. Of course, this junkyard has a couple of relic cars so it's cool. As soon as I got out of the car I was pleasantly greeted by a man who ended up being one of the brothers who own the mine. It was a Monday so there were just us and another family. Craig said he was off that day doing chores and his brother Carl (pretty sure this was his name) was inside and will do the tour for us. We ventured in and found Carl sitting in his rocking chair, he was a little gruff at first but once he got talking he was really great. We checked out the store/museum a bit while we waited to see if others arrived. After a few minutes he started the tour with just us and the other family (10 total).
Just walking into the mine is exciting, you go about 1,000 feet in, which at first seemed like it wasn't much but 1,000 feet into a mine is really far. Carl gave so many details about the mine and mining in general it made for an amazing tour. They show you the quartz which holds veins of gold, the tools they used over the decades, and the rails for the mining cars which run all through the mine. You see off shoots of tunnels, climb a steep but safe ladder to another level and they shut the lights off and use a candle at the assessors desk to get a feel for what it was like 150 years ago. Aside from having to duck a few times from the low ceiling in spots and getting some dust (it is a mine after all) you feel really safe, and my kids really liked it.
This isn't it either, after you finish touring the inside of the mine you get to pan for gold. He shows you a really good technique and the kids panned for quite some time and were able to find plenty of specs of gold. I know everyone enjoyed this part, the kids, teens and adults; I could hear everyone when they'd say...."I found some". You'd think we actually found gold... wait it supposedly is real gold, not that you get to take it home though. I get the feeling Craig and Carl (there was another gentlemen with a long beard there that was nice and talkative too I see his picture in other tours) will talk to you about the mine for as long as you'll be willing to listen and will answer any of your questions. Now, like I said, we were the only ones there, so maybe on busy days they have to keep giving tours so maybe they can't sit and talk to you all day. I am really glad we stumbled on to this Gem (pun intended) of an adventure and would love to go again.
For more information about the Eagle And High Peak Mine Tour call (760) 765-0036.
We were planning to visit California Wolf Center, but since I wasn't feeling well then we couldn't make it happen. I think we will go again to Julian as there were hikes and other places that we didn't explore.
Oh and how could I forget the PIE!!!! Now I am not typically a pie person, but I didn't care about my toothache all I wanted to do was eat this Apple Pie!
So tell me have you ever been to Julian? What places should we explore there?