Dec 26, 2016 (JULIAN) We know going to Julian when it is snowing is something that San Diegans like to do. I admit, I like to go as well. It is nice and it is pretty and picturesque. (And whenever we go, Tom always gets pie.) Alas, we got some complaints from people who live in the area. We would like to address it.
If you are going to go to Julian remember, people live there. Just because you want to play in the snow does not mean you can go anywhere you, please. Quite a bit of the property along the road on the Cuyamacas, up to the 78 and the 79 are private property. They have signs that are posted that say such. Do not go into private property. You are trespassing. No going into somebody else’s property and lounging down on chairs is not cool, or nice, or neighborly. Yes, we were told this by backcountry residents.
Even if you go to Mt. Laguna, which is part of the Cleveland National Forest, it does not mean all that is a state park. There are still people living there. Remember that, and remember that you need to watch where you go. A fence, if you see a gate and a sign is a pretty good sign that this is not for public access.
We also got a message that people were actually playing at the cemetery, across from the fire station. Now I don’t know about you, but I personally would not like it if people were sledding down the hill among the headstones and somebody I know was interred there. Oh and some of those headstones are marble, think about the safety.
Incidentally, we have also heard that crosses have been knocked over, as well as markers. This is not precisely the kind of behavior that anybody should be remembered for. Also, local residents are now trying to keep people off the cemetery.
While we are at it. The other day two people died near Julian. We were asked by the Highway Patrol to remind all, residents, and not residents alike, to wear your seat belts. Both people were not wearing theirs, and they were ejected from the vehicle, and they died on the scene. If they had worn them, likely the injuries would have been minor.
If you plan to travel, also remember to take a winter kit along, including blankets and warm clothes. Also remember to have a full tank of gas, and have food and water in case you get stuck in the snow. Oh and also take chains and a first aid kit.
It might be fun to go to the snow, but it has its dangers. Remember, you are also visiting somebody else’s backyard.