Week 16: July 21 – 27, 2013 It’s been Fun, but it’s Time to Move on…

 

Lower Chuparosa Vineyard

Lower Chuparosa Vineyard

Our weeks at Chuparosa Vineyard provide great memories.  The vineyard prepares to bottle the wine that has been aging in barrels for the last two years. Always plenty to do at The Vineyard. However, it’s time to move north. On Tuesday, we depart, making last minute adjustments to the trailer as we exit.

Observatory Campground, Cleveland National Forest, CA

Observatory Campground, Cleveland National Forest, CA

Destination is Observatory Campground in Cleveland National Forest, just a few miles from Mount Palomar Observatory. Beautiful area. Trees galore. Drinking water and showers, no electric, no other RV hookups. Almost nobody else in this campground of 42 sites. Gorgeous. 4500 ft elevation.

Sherry hiking to Mount Palomar Observatory

Sherry hiking to Mount Palomar Observatory

 

During the week we take hikes to the Observatory, enjoy bike rides on the steady 6% grade road between the Observatory and the General Store past our campground, and just soak it all in.

Bob finishes hike to Mount Palomar Observatory

Bob finishes hike to Mount Palomar Observatory

 

 

 

 

 

 

View biking in Cleveland National Forest toward Mount Palomar Observatory

View biking in Cleveland National Forest toward Mount Palomar Observatory

We brought numerous bottles of wine – and forgot the corkscrew again! Drat! Cell phones and Internet, which we have come to rely on, don’t work in the canyon, so we drive to a beautiful overlook of the valley floor to get reception, and plan our next week of camping. We charge the cell phones and laptops in the car. At the campground, we meet Eric, who is in a wheel chair. Eric is really into cycling, has raced in the Phillipines, and brought his hand powered bicycle along. It’s another wonderful week.

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