Morning temperatures in the 40's made for chilly fingers and occasional stops in the sunshine to warm up. I had some time to kill before being in Julian so I headed for Lake Cuyamaca higher into the mountains. Pine forests and grasslands dominated the landscape in the park-like setting. Exploring up to an old Gold Mine, I read historical markers about the colorful past and quest for gold that helped settle this region. A gaggle of turkeys pecked across an open grassland ranch, a fitting welcome for Thanksgiving. I would spend the holiday with friends in Ramona for a week of relaxation, hiking and fixing up gear.
A few of the items I'm perusing may be of use to any other's future travels south.