One thing we noted on our drive was the disproportionate numbers of Mercedes and BMW's on these southern California roads. All's I have to say about that is there is an awful lot of money hurtling along the roads here...no matter what they say about the sad state of the Californian economy. Be this as it may, the "game" became sort of an "I spy" game of being the first to spot the next BMW or Mercedes...
Joe has been in California for more than 30 years. He recalls the days when a person could drive pretty much anywhere, and could park almost anywhere, and, for that matter, could sleep almost anywhere. Those days are, I'm afraid, long gone, and everything seems to be owned by someone wanting money to even stop for a leg stretch. We did stop in a county park called Dos Picos, where they wanted $3 for the privilege of entering... once past the guard gate, it became abundantly clear the only thing there was a bunch of picnic areas under a bunch of trees. Nice and breezy, comfortable and all, but not worth the $3 for a 10 minute break.
|Nice Shaded Picnic Tables -- Dos Picos|
|Sure, why not???|
|Judy -- Yard Saling|
Along the way we stopped at Sutherland Dam. The lake is quite picturesque, but is closed, according to the sign, so we were limited to picture taking and exploring the dam itself.
|Lake at Sutherland Dam|
|Pretty Blue Water|
|Taking Pictures of Sutherland Dam|
And then we were back on our way to the land of the apple pies.
I think the most interesting thing we saw today was the camel farm. I just glimpsed a camel as we were driving by, and then we saw the farm which advertised camel milk, etc. So we took a side road that brought us to the backside of the farm and enjoyed a little photo op with camels.... Not something we see every day in little old Gloucester, VA.
|Not Sahara Camels...|
|Ye Olde Camel Farm|
|Pony cart rides|
We blew through that town as quickly as we could, ending up on another road, more deserted and bordering overgrown apple orchards. The trees looked long forgotten, but they held lots of red, ripe fruit. We helped ourselves to a few of the local apples and were not disappointed.
We caught the end of the sunset as we made our way back down from the 4000 foot elevation of Julian, CA.
|Sunset from, CA|
|Nice Day Exploring|