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The Julian News 9 February 28, 2018 Don’t Overpay Your Taxes continued from page 3 Julian Library Hours Friends of the Library Book Store Hours Tuesday - Saturday 11am - 5 pm 1850 Highway 78 765 - 0370 Monday closed Tuesday 9:00 - 8 Wednesday 9:00 - 6 Thursday 9:00 - 6 Friday 9:00 - 5 Saturday 9:00 - 5 Sunday closed woods-kiddies: picnic tables, restrooms, showers, wilderness cabins, as well as RV spaces with partial hookups, tent sites, and play areas. Ready to get away from the noise pollution of city life? The rules at this park clearly state: “Amplified sound is not allowed.” Whoopee! (Quiet, please!) To reach Heise Park, drive a mile West from Julian on Highway 78, then turn South (left) on Pine Hills Road. After two miles, turn left again on Frisius Road, and continue a couple of miles until you reach the Ranger kiosk. Helpful staff is usually on duty at the park entrance. On most Sunday mornings, Ranger Nick or a colleague leads a one-hour nature hike starting at 10:30. There’s a modest fee for day use or overnight camping. Volunteer Ranger Dean Meyer, who comes up the hill from Ramona, reminded me that seniors and those with disabilities should ask for a free day-use parking permit, valid at other San Diego County Parks. The general phone number for reservations at Heise and other County parks is (877) 565-3600. In-depth information is at www. sdparks.org. For last-minute reservations and info on day use or Community Center activities call (760) 765-0650. Two other County Parks are nearby: From bustling downtown Julian drive North on Main Street/ Farmer Road through woodlands and scenic rolling hills, past cattle and horse pastures, until you reach Wynola Road. Straight ahead you can visit one of the local wineries when you’re ready for a tasting session. But for great nature hikes, turn right on Wynola Road and almost immediately jog left onto the extension of Farmer Road. Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve: A tenth of a mile up Farmer Road park on the right shoulder near the entrance to this Mountains Are Calling continued from page 3 2900-acre wilderness area. Hike up the Volcan Trail or the shady Five Oaks Trail to the summit. On a clear day, you’ll be rewarded with views to the Pacific Ocean and the Colorado Desert. This is considered a “moderately strenuous” hike. There are no restrooms or water sources, so be sure to carry water, sunscreen and a snack. Dogs are permitted on a leash. The preserve is free to the public, open 365 days a year, from dawn to dusk, weather permitting. For the up-to-date status of County trails, preserves, and open space (other than Heise Park), call the local Ranger office at (760) 765-4098. Santa Ysabel Preserve: A mile or so farther North on Farmer Road, turn left into the parking area at the trail head to “one of the best-kept secrets of San Diego County”—that’s what it’s called by “Coast to Cactus,” the invaluable Canyoneer trail guide. This wilderness preserve offers miles of trails through meadows flanked by several species of huge oak trees, across streams that flow into the watersheds of both the San Diego and the San Dieguito Rivers. Watch where you step: you’re sharing the territory with cattle and ground squirrels. It’s said to be a haven for badgers, but all you’re likely to see is the entrance to one of their burrows. Open daily. No fee for day use. No water. Portable latrines are at the trail heads. The western entrance to the Santa Isabel Preserve is at 29300 Highway 78 in Santa Ysabel. Both East and West Preserves are popular with equestrians. Access for horse trailers is in their respective parking areas. For information on hiking and events at Santa Ysabel or Volcan Mountain Preserves, contact the Volcan Mountain Foundation on Main Street in Julian, www. volcanmt.org, (760) 765-2300. This non-profit organization helps preserve our local wilderness and arranges educational activities for local school, volunteer, and conservation groups. Being outdoors in our mountains is like chicken soup for urban stress and little town blues. Experts tell us that it’s good for our physical health. From decades of personal experience, I’m convinced that, by immersing myself in the sights, sounds and smells of our mountains, I may not add many years to my life, but I certainly have added a truckload of life to my years. Because of circumstance and choice, I spend most of my time in the “flat lands”. Life is sometimes easier there than in the mountains, but not as rewarding (at least not for me). It’s always a good day when I can look across nearby rooftops and see the morning sun rise behind the eastern mountains. It reminds me of that other, natural world only a short drive away. I tune out the noise of commuters racing to work, take a sip of coffee, and remember that the mountains are calling. I’m delighted to answer their call as often as possible. Each week in my mailbox I receive a little fresh mountain air with my subscription to the “Julian News”, which accompanies me during my armchair wanderings. I hope that these little scribblings help a few others on their journey. NEXT TIME: More outdoor options, plus some “curiouser and curiouser” stories about our local flora and fauna. usually in your best interest to participate. If your income is lower than $60,000, you can receive a credit of up to $1,000 for a contribution of up to $2,000 into an IRA or an employer-provided retirement account, such as a 401(k). 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