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February 10, 2010 FISHING REPORT * News from Lake Cuyamaca Last Week's Results and This Week's Prognosis The Tackle Shop Hours For The Month Of February 'Are As Follows: MONDAY THRU FRIDAY 8:00 AM TO 4 PM SATURDAY AND SUNDAY 6:00 AM TO 5:00 PM WE HAVE A WINTER BOAT SPECIAL/ MOTOR BOAT RENTAL IS $25.00 FOR THE ENTIRE DAY. Cold weather kept people away this past week, but the few who braved the elements were rewarded. We are expecting a fish delivery from DFG the week of Feb 11th. Notables: Rob Shannon and friend caught their limits of trout in a couple of hours from a boat, using red salmon eggs. The FREE FISHING class is held every Saturday at the launch ramp. Meet Ranger Charlie at 10:00 am. THE DECONTAMINATION WASH DOWN IS REQUIRED FOR ALL PRIVATE VESSELS AND MOTORS BEFORE A LAUNCH. Also, float tubes and waders must be washed down before using the Lake. There is a fee for the wash down. For further information or to make reservations for condos, cabins or camping, please call 877-581-9904. Reducing Fire Hazards Inside Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve Controlled Burns Planned For --Mountain The County Department of Parks and Recreation will be conducting a series of controlled pile burns during the week of February 8th on Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve, located 5 miles north of Julian. The pile burns are part of a fuel reduction management plan and are conducted under a permit from CalFire and a Smoke Management Plan approved by the Air Pollution Control District. All burns are weather-permitting and subject to CalFire approval. The burn piles will be monitored at all times with fire suppression equipment on-site. OPEN MONDAY- FRIDAY 8:00AM TO 5PM -- IT'S FIREPLACE SEASON Be extra careful when discarding the ash from your fireplace or wood stove this early in the fall. Hot embers can last for days in a bucket or other container. When you remove the ash, place in a container and then water it down to extinguish any remaining hot embers from wood chips that could later ignite brush or weeds. Do NOT discard them in an open field or area with dry vegetation. If you are discarding the remains, burry them and wet them clown again before you cover them. SOLD ! "':",::::::::: Talk to me about other Great listings. Listed for $549,000. Cel: 760-213-1185 ON THE TRAILS WITH JENNIFER SMITH - Email: Rick@JulianREO.com Apple Tree Realty Broker: 00571248 Riding the Kelly Ditch Trail I am always amazed at how many awesome trails we have available to ride and hike on right here in Julian. One of my favorites continues to be the Kelly Ditch Trail beginning in William Heise County Park. In this first article of a series, I will introduce you to wonderful trails in our local area that surely help stave off the winter blues. If you are a horse enthusiast, you will enjoy the accessability in pulling a horse trailer into the William Heise Park parking lot. If you are afraid of backing up a trailer, know that this parking lot has two entrances and exits with wide areas to turn a rig. The horse trail will be immediately on the right of the guard station and you will see horse tie up posts awaiting. Also, there is a rock cistern full of water for thirsty trail mounts. My dog, however, thinks that is her personal swimming pool after a hot, dusty ride. Once saddled, the Kelly Ditch Trail begins on the right hand side and is wel marked. You will first ride through a small apple orchard combined with oak and pine trees on either side. The footing has a decomposed granite base and is almost always well drained. This trail will soon cross over the dirt Peckham Ranch Road, our very favorite place for winter gallops, and will cut through a meadow before starting a long assent. The long steep uphill proves perfect for the fresh horse who will benefit from some long trotting and trot to canter to trot transitions. I usually let my young horses get their bucks out on this uphill and if they are good I allow for some galloping. Once at the top you will see a wooden sign sending all horses to the right to continue on the Kelly Ditch Trail. Then it starts getting fun. The trail is well maintained and about three feet wide. It will then start winding its way down to the rushing creek. I do a lot of water-training with young horses on this creek, using experienced horses to model water crossing in front of them. Soon most horses learn to love that spot as they paw and splash and drink and grab at the lush grasses that grow along the banks. There is even a bench at the water for tired hikers. I think it is one of the most beautiful spots in Julian. 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It helps to also be on a horse who doesn't mind scaling or jumping fallen trees. have a trail riding group of friends and clients who have learned to always expect the unexpected when riding with me. The last time we went bushwhacking past the Park Boundary on the Kelly Ditch Trail, they nearly lost me and my two horses though. We had pressed through some intense brush, fallen trees, low branches and octopus-like ceanothis. After about an hour, feeling very victorious, we decided to turn around and head back. The trail was too narrow for me to pass everyone, so we had our teenager lead the pack. She did great but after awhile her horse balked and was not sure of moving forward. A couple of people thought we had gone off the trail and asked me to take a detour which they thought would put us on the right path. Since I had the bravest horse I put her to the task. My mare kept refusing to go off the trail and against my better judgement, I forced her to go. And here I learned a valuable lesson in trusting my horse. In seconds we were plunging down embankments of ceonothis. My horse was trying so hard to get her legs through the snakey branches but with the elevation drops she was picking up too much speed to get her legs back up out of the bushes between plants. To make things more fun, I was "ponying" (leading) a second horse behind me who had to think fast and copy what my horse was doing. I was frantically bringing my horses head up between leaps but knew we were quickly losing ~the fight with mother nature. I did an emergency dismount and flung myself free of the horse whom I felt was going into a panic. Being trapped in ceanothus with a panicking horse was not my idea of'fun. " I struggled a few yards away from my horse to be away from the flailing hooves I thought were coming my way, but instead I just heard silence. I looked back and there in eight-foot tall weeds were rid ~ indyBrook. Fresh Fruit I know it~ cold out there, but if you can put some apples, oranges, grapefruit, grapes, raisins, cherries, cranberries or blueberries out on a paper plate or a tray feeder, crows, mockingbirds, warblers, rob- ms, woodpeckers, cardinals, catbirds, tanagers and orioles will thank you, E-nmil: birdingbits@cfl.~com @ 20t0 King Features Synd,, Inc. The Julian News 11 my two horses, huddled tightly together, still as statues. It was amazing to see their sense of calm yet sad to see how helpless they were. It brought back a memory of a nearby ranch where two horses went missing and were presumed stolen. Then after the Cedar Fire, two horse skeletons were found in the thick brush (or where the thick brush had been before the fire). It showed me how the poor horses can just give up. It took what seemed like hours to get reconnected to my trail riding group and then to bushwhack the two horses out of there. What an incredible experience of learning! From now on, I will trust my horse's instincts and will not stray from the trail. Horses usually know the exact way home they came out on even when we humans do not. I have also learned that it would be a fabulous effort to rally people together to do some trail riding and trail maintenance; With some clippers and pruning shears we would have made a huge difference on 'that trail. Therefore, would like to give a shout out to anyone out there who would like to join us for some much calmer type of trail rides. I think Winter Riding is the best riding of all. The trails usually drain quickly and the weather only makes things more dramatic. It is tempting to want to hibernate in the winter and stay inside, get out of shape, and to let that horse get out of shape and rusty in its training. But riding in the winter makes one feel alive, inwgorated, keeps the horse tuned up and gives one an invaluable chance to socialize, laugh and share stories while connecting with others. We will soon start taking our trail riding group desert horse camping. We usually target the full moon times of the month. Riding in the desert in the winter is also totally awesome, which I will soon be writing about. Give me a call if you would like to join us. You can bring your own horse or we usually have a few that could use the exercise who are trail savvy and gentle. Take advantage of this incredible paradise we live in. Get out there and hit that trail! Jennifer and some of her trail riding friends. photo by Emily Garcia Jennifer Smith owns and operates Integrity Stables in Julian. She has been a Horse Trainer and Riding Instructor for 25 years. She has an extensive background in show competition and has been the director and manager of several equestrian operations over the years. 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