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March 25, 2015 The Julian News 9 Tattered Tidbits #46 Sightseeing Santa Ysabel For persons of refinement and cultural sensitivity (like our readers), there is more to see around here than in entire other states, most of which are real boring, like South Dakota for example. Just hanging around Santa Ysabel chapel can be a kick. Once I stood there chatting with a couple of anthropologists and I asked why I saw no Indian bedrock milling sites around there. One of th,em silently pointed down to my feet. True enough, I was standing next to one [duh!]. There are plenty more just north of the cemetery or across the highway. I felt pretty dumb, and realized it was just one of the many things in life that I had failed to see. I like the nearby Indian cemetery because the graves reflect diverse personalities beneath. Some have beads, some have pottery, toys, or porcelain figurines, sometimes a stuffed animal. Some have interesting minerals. Mostofthe minerals were dug out of Mesa Grande mines. The rock wall on the right conta ins black tourmaline crystals, shiny muscovite and bits of feldspar and glittery quartz. The large dark rock outcrop has pegmatite intrusions forced through cracks by enormous heat and pressure as these mountains rose, punched up by a hellishly huge superheated, viscous granite blob (batholith). In time, the entire overlying landscape washed slowly away. There are dark diorite intrusions too, a durable beautiful rock prized by sculptors in ancient Egypt, especially for fine detail as on the Rosetta stone, where a fine polish was wanted. Even the heathens among you will appreciate a shrine in front of the church with schorl, tourmaline, quartz and muscovite. Gems figured prominently in religious shrines of local indigenous tribes, and a good source was north of Pala. We know of one case where Padre Sanchez destroyed such a shrine as a "spiritual stumbling block" with some "images" and "rubbish" [probably offerings]. Diversity was not a prized virtue in 1821. This cemetery is known for its Day of the Dead, or"Noche de las Velas," a candelit celebration of the dead. Equivalentceremonies are huge tourist attractions in Oaxaca and Michoacan, and you need to book a room well in advance, but you won't be getting much sleep anyway. November 2 is the night still observed. It is a respectful tradition and a surprisingly cheerful one with tamales and skulls and romping child ren. Here there was a harvest festival called "Fiesta de las Cruces." On November 14, crosses of sticks and wheat were placed in the earlier church. Old Spanish mission bells were rung, gunpowder was exploded, muskets fired and drunks were deposited into an adobe jailhouse. Their boots were stacked outside, so it would be harder for them to kick the door down if they awoke from their sweet slumbers prematurely. It is written thus, and clearly a good time was had by all. But is the story believable? Possibly it is; California has always been a byAlbert Simonsen land of possibility with people of faith. It is also a land of larceny. The eighteenth century bells were later stolen during a dark and misty night. Suspicions were nurtured, accusations muttered, but the Villains were never brought to justice. Only recently were bits of the bells recovered. They had been cut apart for scrap value, in a failed effort to profit. A failed crook is a contemptible crook. In the ground at Santa Ysabel you will see some straight- grained, sparkly rocks shaped like long loaves of French bread. These were used as footing stones for adobe walls of the old mission chapel and quadrangle. Brush away leaves over by the windmill to see footing stones and fired-clay floor tiles from about 1818. As you walk from the .cemetery gate to the windmill, you will see asphalt from a highway which paralleled the power line. This alignment appears to coincide with a military road graded in 1849 and described in a great local book entitled "Brand Book Number Nine," edited by Wynola's George Ellis, a friend and educator. You can still see the old bridge footings at the creek. Then there is the tiny museum adjoining the chapel, where you can see great photos and Woodcut of ruins of Santa Ysabel, circa 1855 engraving Mission grounds today, looking north remains of the bells from 1729 and 1767. Be sure to read the story of the bells. Around here, even gopher mounds are interesting, unlike those of Dakota prairie dogs or the nasty woodchucks of my boyhood that we would shoot and dra pe over our front fence as d4cor. Our local critters often turn up Indian pottery fragments from ash darkened soil. Colors vary, and some have thumbprints. There are those who cast their eyes heavenward out of spirituality or just wondering about some helicopter. Around Santa Ysabel, though, it can be better to keep eyes downcast to the ground to see what the gophers have turned up, or just to admire the natural bling of sparkly minerals, reflective of In'ya, the source of all warmth and life, which the Indians venerated long before the church was here. Dianne's Desk News And Notes County Supervisor Dianne Jacob Addressing Alzheimer's: San Diego County is stepping up its fight against Alzheimer's disease. The Board of Supervisors recently approved a multi-year plan to speed up the search for a cure and boost services for those afflicted and their caregivers. It was developed by The Alzheimer's Project, a regional initiative we launched last year. The vote came as two new county studies showed the staggering toll of the disease on families and taxpayers. The annual cost to hospitalize local dementia patients is expected to roughly double by 2030, to upwards of $1.5 billion. Some 60,000 local residents have Alzheimer's, now the region's third leading cause of death. Beer festival: I was glad to tiear about the recent EC Craft Beer Invitational. The first annual East County beer festival and charity event was held in downtown El Ca jOB. The county relaxed regulations a few years ago to encourage the opening of boutique wineries in our backcountry. Since then, the boutique businesses have blossomed, especially around Ramona. The county is looking at taking similar ste ps for microbreweries. I think it would further bolster our economy. Alpine Library: Work is under way on the new county library on Alpine Boulevard; with completion set for next spring. It will be the first "zero net energy" building constructed by the county. That means it will be designed to generate as much energy - through rooftop solar panels -as it uses. That's good news for the county's energy bill -- and great news for taxpayers. Senior summit: Sign-ups have started for the county's Vital Aging conference, set for June" 17 in San Diego. The theme for the free event is "Boosting your Brainpower." Details are at www.aisevents. org or call 800-827-4277 to register. For more District 2 news, go to www.diannejacob.com or follow me on Facebook and Twitter. If I can assist with a county issue, please call my office at 619-531- 5522 or email dianne.jacob@ sdcounty.ca.gov Have a great East County day! Dianne @ We have our own private parking lot behind the office ... entrance off 'C' Street ORNER WWW. lan- TREET les.com P.O. Box 1000 Julian, CA 92036 CA BRE Lic #00859374 A very special property which has not been offered for sale before! SPECTACuLAR VIEWS The expansive view is absolutely fantastic from this lovely home on 34 acres high on a hill. It is very private but not far from historic downtown Julian. The house has an open floor plan with adjoining living room, dining area, kitchen and family room. 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