Friday, February 23, 2018


On this trip, which I've dubbed a Spring Vacation because it was technically in spring, we RV camped at William Heise County Park in Julian. Highlights were the wild turkeys, local apple pie from Julian, and a cool short side trip to Santa Ysabel Asistencia, an extension of San Diego's Mission San Diego de Alcala.

DAY 1: Friday, May 19, 2017 - William Heise County Park

I-15 south leaving Murrieta

Hwy. 76 approaching Pala Casino, San Diego County

Hwy. 76 Pala Casino

Hwy. 76 Pala Casino

Hwy. 76 four miles west of Lake Henshaw

Hwy. 76 at junction with Hwy. 79

Santa Ysabel off Hwy. 79

The Julian Pie Company's shop in Santa Ysabel 
(its other location is on Main Street in Julian)

General Store in Santa Ysabel

A 17-mile portion of Hwy. 79 was dedicated to firefighter Steven Rucker, 
who died fighting the devastating Cedar Fire in 
October 2003 

Hwy. 79 between Santa Ysabel and Inaja Memorial Picnic Ground

Inaja Memorial Picnic site off Hwy. 79 about 1/2 mile south of Julian, 
memorializes the 11 firefighters who lost their lives in the 60,000 acre Inaja fire in 1956.

Town of Julian off Hwy. 79


Pine Hills Road south of Hwy. 79 en route to William Heise County Park 
(from Hwy. 79 we took Pine Hills Road to Frisius Drive to reach the park entrance)

Entrance to William Heise County Park

Addy and Sasha at our campsite #6

#6 is a partial hookup site (electric), but no shade over the picnic table, although close to restrooms (flush toilets) and water. 
I believe there are 20 RV partial hookup sites along this loop, but the best ones are numbers 7 and 8.

Oooh! A Rio Grande turkey near our campsite!!! I believe this one's a lady bird!

Pretty girl!

Addy doing his "I need to stand tall on every picnic table in my presence" kinda thing, while Sasha is just super alert, as she always is...

Palmer Ceanothus (Ceanothus palmeri) near our campsite #6

Unidentified shrub

Incense Cedar (calocedrus decurrens) near our campsite

Palmer Ceanothus (Ceanothus palmeri) near our campsite #6

Large grassy area off of our campsite (restrooms are across the way)

Palmer Ceanothus (Ceanothus palmeri)

Shining Netvein Barberry (Berberis aquifolium var. dictyota), near campsite #6

California Wild Rose (Rosa californica), near campsite #6

Horehound (Marrubium vulgare), near campsite #6,
a European herb that has naturalized in many areas of California

Horehound (Marrubium vulgare), near campsite #6,

Common Snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus) near campsite #6

Parish's Nightshade (Solanum parishii), near campsite #6

Meadow Rue (Thalictrum fendleri), William Heise County Park
Cottontail Rabbit near campsite #6

Steller's Jay near campsite #6

Dark-eyed Junco near campsite #6

Mule deer near campsite #6

Mule deer near campsite #6

Elk Thistle (Cirsium scariosum), grassy area near campsite #6

Sticky Cinquefoil (Drymocallis glandulosa var. reflexa)

California Woodland Strawberry (Fragaria vesca)

Meadow Rue (Thalictrum fendleri)

Meadow Rue (Thalictrum fendleri)

Sticky Cinquefoil (Drymocallis glandulosa var. reflexa)

Poison Oak (Toxicodendron diversilobum)

Dwarf Checkerbloom (Sidalcea sparsifolia)

DAY 2: Saturday, May 20, 2017 - Mission Santa Ysabel Asistencia

From William Heise County Park, it was an 11-mile side trip to Mission Santa Ysabel Asistencia. Established in 1818, 
Mission Santa Ysabel was a sub-mission or extension of Mission San Diego Alcala. Dedicated in 1924, the current church 
is not original, but is situated near the site of the original building. The Asistencia, located just off State Hwy. 79, consists 
of the church (St. John the Baptist Catholic Church), a couple side buildings (including the Indian museum), a gift shop 
(not open when we were there), and cemetery. Overall, a very peaceful and quiet location with few visitors. 
And, oh yes - it was quite hot, but luckily we were able to park under the shade of a tree in the small parking lot. 

For more pics of the Asistencia: 

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, dedicated in 1924. 

Sasha at the window of the RV.

California Registered Historical Landmark No. 369. 

Interior of the church. 

Shady seating area in the garden across the parking lot in front of the church. 

Agaves and succulents growing outside the museum building.

Indian Museum. 

Statue of the "Angel of the Lost Bells." Two of the mission bells, dating from 1723 and 1767, 
went missing in 1926. This sculpture stands at the site of the missing bells.  

Well, okay then! 
The museum is not manned, so you have to turn on the lights 
when you go in, and then turn them off when you exit. 

 Indian Museum.

 Indian Museum.

 Indian Museum.

Garden next to the church.

Looks like Cleveland Sage (Salvia clevelandii) in the garden next to the church.

Cliff Swallow nesting under the eaves of the roof. 

Nesting cliff swallows. 

Cemetery with view of grazing cattle in the distance. 

Picnic area off the parking lot.

DAY 3: Sunday, May 21, 2017 - Deer Lake Park Rd. (Julian), Lake Henshaw

Male Rio Grande Turkey strutting his stuff in the grasslands 
off of Deer Lake Park Road, Julian.

 Rio Grande Turkey in the grasslands off of Deer Lake Park Road, Julian.

Rio Grande Turkey in the grasslands off of Deer Lake Park Road, Julian.

 Lake Henshaw off Hwy. 76

 Lake Henshaw off Hwy. 76

 Sacred Datura/Jimsonweed (Datura wrightii) off Hwy. 76 at Lake Henshaw

Buffalo Gourd/Calabazilla (Cucurbita foetidissima) off Hwy. 76 at Lake Henshaw

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