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Out & About—Snow in the San Diego mountains!

Out & About San Diego

It snowed in Julian last night, and since Julian is a mere 30 miles from me, I took a snow morning today to head on out there.

Sadly, I only made it to Cuyamaca Rancho State Park because the road between there and Julian was closed.

Lots of snow action at the Park, though, and my 2017 Toyota Corolla is a snow virgin no more!

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Ice in the snow (!)

Snow pictures from San Diego, California (part 2)

This post is dedicated to Chris Smith, a real estate agent with RE/MAX Chay Realty in New Tecumseth, Ontario, Canada. I have known Chris for a few years through a real estate professional networking site. I highly recommend Chris for anyone needing real estate services in the rural areas around Toronto.

All pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

I thought I could do four posts yesterday, but noooooooooo! Work got in the way.

As promised, though, here are some pictures of snow in past years in San Diego County. All pictures are from the Cuyamaca area:

Location of Cuyamaca, California

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I just learned how to use picture captions while making them look nice!

New fence in the new snow

New fence in the new snow

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Old tractor in the new snow

Old tractor in the new snow

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Old farming equipment in the new snow

Old farming equipment in the new snow

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Old red barn in the new snow

Old red barn in the new snow

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New houses in the new snow

New houses in the new snow (most of this area burned in the October 2003 fires)

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Hay in the snow

Hay in the snow

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Mailboxes in the snow

Mailboxes in the snow

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Ice in the snow

Ice in the snow

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All pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

All pictures taken by Russel Ray using a Canon Rebel XSi camera and a Tamron 70-300mm lens.

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Snow in San Diego!

In the eleven years that I have been making a living doing home inspections I have only had to do an inspection in the rain seven times. Interestingly, I’ve done two inspections in the snow, both right here in San Diego County.

Yesterday my inspection was out in Cuyamaca, a great retreat 6,000 feet above sea level where you can go camping, birding, boating, fishing, hiking….

Location of Cuyamaca, California

It snowed in the East County mountains two nights ago, with some areas receiving up to eleven inches of snow. Snow in the mountains means that the population of the City of San Diego drops to about 600,000 at times while the other 600,000 head to the mountains to play in the snow. I’m not one of them. I’m afraid that the heater in my car will stop working as soon as it sees snow…. Car’s way of punishing me for taking it out in the cold.

Cuyamaca is just 60 miles from downtown San Diego. Theoretically, that’s a one-hour drive. On any given snow day, though, that drive could take you three or four hours, due mostly to traffic on those winding two-lane mountain roads.

Following are a few snow pictures from yesterday’s journey to Cuyamaca.

The main road, State Highway 79, is just a two-lane winding road with lots of switchbacks:

Two-lane winding mountain road to Cuyamaca

There is no stopping on most of the road but where stopping and parking is allowed, it’s full on snow days:

Parking areas are full on snow days

When you find a line of empty cars, just look off to the side of the road in the snow to find the people who have abandoned their cars:

People playing in the snow

I couldn’t stop on the way out because I had a schedule to keep. Here’s the house that I inspected, except that I disclaimed the roof:

House in the snow

Once work is done, it’s time to play. First, go exploring the small roads through the neighborhood:

Road through the forested neighborhood

If you’re lucky, you’ll find a snowman:

Snowman

 On a snow day, the boats are docked, waiting for warmer weather:

Not too many boaters out today

The fields look beautiful in their white dress:

Field of snow

Can you feel sorry for a rock? This one looks cold:

Snow-covered rock

I wasn’t looking for birds, but I did find quite a few, including this Canada goose looking lost and forlorn, and speaking his mind about the snow:

Canada goose speaking his mind about the snow

Will Hamm, real estate agent in Aurora, ColoradoThis post is dedicated to Will Hamm, a real estate agent with Cornerstone Homes/Metro Brokers Marina Square in Denver, Colorado. I have known Will for a couple of years through a real estate professional networking site. I highly recommend him for anyone needing real estate services in the Denver, Colorado, area.

All pictures taken by Russel Ray using a Canon 550D camera and a 55-250mm Canon lens.

This post approved by Zoey the Cool Cat