Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Off to Julian, California for an Apple Pie

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 – Location:  Clark Dry Lake near Borrego Springs, CA

This morning started out sunny and warm like every day in the southwest.  Yuma and I took a walk and when Yuma was done with his walk, he bolted towards the MH.  He’s ready for breakfast!


Wasn’t quite the same weather back home.  Poor Dolly and Fergie had to wade through six inches of new snow that fell last night and this morning.  Looks beautiful, but ask Fergie about being in it.  She hates it!


Late morning after breakfast and enjoying laying outside in the beautiful weather, Yuma and I decided to drive to Julian, California.  It is located at the north end of the Cuyamaca mountain range and the south slope of the Volcan Mountain.

We decided to go right through Borrego Springs and up and over the San Ysidro Mountains on hwy S2 to the small town of Ranchito to get a photo of their Sasquatch.  Then on to hwy 78 through Banner and up the Volcan Mountain to Julian.

The drive up the mountain from the Borrego Springs valley floor was beautiful.



When we hit the top and got into Montezuma Valley where Ranchita is located, the elevation made it cooler and a lot greener.  There are the peaks of the San Ysidro Mountains.


In the Montezuma Valley.  They actually have trees.

Montezuma Valley


After leaving Ranchita, it was on to hwy 78 and up twelve miles to Julian.  Julian is at 4226 feet in elevation compared to Borrego Springs at 597 feet.


I’ve been to Julian three or four times, but never bought one of their famous pies.  This time we stopped at the Julian Pie Company and bought a huge apple pie for dessert for the next week.  Had to watch Yuma on the way home so he wouldn’t eat the pie at one sitting.


The lady is finding my perfect apple pie.


Took hwy 78 down the mountain to the Borrego Springs Valley floor and turned left on S3 and went into town and then quickly home. 



There is Borrego Springs at the bottom of the mountain we climbed this morning.


It was 3:30 and we were tired and hungry.  Time to call it a day.

See you later.


  1. The mountains are so beautiful there! Im glad you boys didnt drive off a cliff. Did you get any sweet rolls in Julian, while searching for the perfect apple pie?? 😀 Its good to see Sasquatch is still standing tall. It really is a wonderful drive up the mountain. Have a good night...and enjoy the pie! ❤

    1. Thanks Dolly. One pie is enough sweets for one day. Hard to stay on the road while trying to take pictures.

      It was a beautiful day for the drive but as usual quite hazy.

      I will enjoy the pie.

  2. Great pictures of Yuma bolting for home and breakfast. We are expecting to get Dolly's snow tonight. Keep enjoying that sweet California sunshine. Julian is sure a cute town - but where is the close up of that big apple pie ? ( it's OK if a couple pieces are already missing ) 😁

    1. Thanks Moonfly. The pie pi pictures are still in the camera so tonight will be the pie night.

      Julian is a tourist town for sure. I did like the cooler temperatures for awhile and seeing trees too.

  3. Deb and I are planning to go to Julian shortly and can almost taste the Apple pie.

    1. Lots of pies left for the two of you. Enjoy the drive.

  4. Hahaha.....Riley thinks you're stalking us. We went the same way, took almost the same pictures. Too funny. Glad you had a good time.

    1. That is funny. It was a beautiful drive. Glad you did it. I knew since you like driving, you two would take the long way.

      Sorry I missed you yesterday. I got a later start than you.

      Hope you stopped for a pie.

  5. I am going to add your pictures of the ride are beautiful.
    It is always nice looking at pictures of beautifully white snow...the key word being "pictures".

    1. Thanks Deb. Surprised to hear from Tom himself today. He must really like pie.

      Luckily Dolly has all the supplies she needs to wait for someone to dig out that long driveway for her. Glad it's not me 😂

  6. Always a fun drive to the Julian Pie company and of course a pile of pie is a must, glad you had a great day.

    1. Thanks George. Beautiful day for a drive for pie. Even Deb and Riley thought so.

  7. Looks like a beautiful drive to Julian, we've never been but maybe next year. That little town is adorable and from what I hear the pie is awesome! Looks like another great day!

    1. You really need to take the drive up S2. Amazing!

      I'll be having pie for breakfast and dinner. Got eat it while it's fresh.

  8. The Anza Borrego Sandman was last seen in 1968 in the Badlands area. Perhaps you might be the next to see the real-deal ... keep your camera handy!

    1. Thanks Jeff. So he is the Sandman. Pretty tall fellow.

      I'll have to look up his history and maybe Yuma and I can take the camera and head out in the Jeep looking for him.😎