Monday, June 18, 2012

Julian Outing June 2012

We are at William Heise County Park near Julian, California, with the Convair Camping Club. Julian is a former mining town and now lives off tourism and growing apples. The Julian Apple Pies are well known in this part of the country.
The park is at an altitude of about 4,500 feet. There are many old giant live oaks, and wild turkeys wander around.

For the evening meal we had homemade subway sandwiches. Everybody brought some stuff for making the sandwiches. It worked out well.
Unfortunately we cannot have a campfire. The fire danger is very high and there are two fires now in Southern California.

On my morning walk I saw a flock of turkeys.

I also saw a hen with a bunch of chicks.

The park also has a few cabins.

The hills around the park are still covered with burned trees from the last big fire. The fire came very close to the park.

In early afternoon Rhonda, Frank, Doreen and I drove to Julian and went to several stores. This store has merchandise up to the ceiling.

At 5:00 PM we had a big meeting. The by-laws of the club were changed. The whole process was very interesting. I learned a lot about individual members of the club.

For dinner everybody cooked their own meat on the grills. The side dishes and dessert had been assigned to different people. Doreen had made the potato salad.

We cannot complain about the weather. It is perfect.

While I ate my breakfast I heard a male turkey make noises in front of the motorhome. I opened the front curtains and saw one male and several female standing there.
I reached for my camera and aimed it at the big birds. Before I could take a picture they took off.
Frank and Fred had come out of their motorhomes with their dogs. That scared the turkeys.
Two of the birds I saw later in the bushes.

On my morning walk I saw again the wild turkey mother with her babies. I could not get close enough to take a good picture.

Most of the people in the group went to Julian. We took it easy and enjoyed the beautiful weather.
For dinner we had taco salad. Everybody brought some of the ingredients and the host put them all in a big bowl. It was very tasty.
In the evening we had a camp fire. Fred and Clara, our new camping neighbors, joined us.
This was a fantastic outing.

The last three days I tried to get a good picture of the little turkeys. I can see them but the grass is as tall as they are and one hardly can see them completely.
This morning I caught them walking across the road.

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