A weekend by the Lake Cuyamaca

Camping by the picturesque Lake Cuyamaca, Julian, CA

Camping by the picturesque Lake Cuyamaca, Julian, CA

It was about 3pm on Saturday, September 16th, when Ale, Otto and I found what seemed to be the perfect spot to pitch our tent. There was a nice breeze and the open views of the bucolic scenery around us was just too beautiful and relaxing.  

Situated at an elevation of 4600 feet in an Oak and Pine forest, the Lake Cuyamaca is surrounded on three sides by the 26,000 acre Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, which is 52% wilderness. Located at just a few miles away from the charming town of Julian and its famous and delicious apple pies, Lake Cuyamaca has already become one of our favorite gateways here in San Diego

Amy, Shawn  and their dog Buggy got there a bit later, when we had already set up our tent. The Sun was starting to make his way behind the mountains around the lake. When they got there, we helped them setting up their tent and went for a walk with our dogs.

It was so nice to see how well they got along with each other! They were both so happy running after each other, going into the lake! :D 

Otto and Buddy making the most of their time together :)

Otto and Buddy making the most of their time together :)

When the Sun was about to set it was time to get back to our camping spot and start preparing dinner. A bottle of wine, or two, of course, were part of the menu.

Just before sunset, enjoying some snacks and some good wine

Just before sunset, enjoying some snacks and some good wine

A moment of quietness and contemplation

A moment of quietness and contemplation

Peacefulness by the lake

Peacefulness by the lake

Preparing dinner...

Preparing dinner...

Amy and Shawn making sure our burgers were on point :)

Amy and Shawn making sure our burgers were on point :)

We had a great time chatting over dinner while enjoying our wine and the quietness of our camping spot. Amy and Shawn cooked us the most amazing salad and burger, and we even had some chocolate w/ marshmallows for dessert.

The sky....well, the starry sky was just something else...I mean, there is no doubt you have found the perfect place to put your tent when you have the Milky Way right in front of you...

It just can't get any better than that...

It just can't get any better than that...

The next morning, after a night of sleep that could have been certainly better if the people camping somewhat next to us had not made so much noise at 2.40am, I left the warmth and comfort of our tent to catch the always beautiful dawn light. I'm not gonna lie and say it was easy to get out at 6am, specially because I had just managed to sleep after being awake since 3am, but as it turned out, it was totally worth it! 

Pinkish colors and a steam fog dancing over the lake

Pinkish colors and a steam fog dancing over the lake

I just couldn't get enough of those wonderful colors...

I just couldn't get enough of those wonderful colors...

I love this time of the day when it's all quiet and all we can hear are the sounds of Nature, and the light of the Sun starts to transform night into day...it all makes me think of Thoreau and everything he wrote during the over two years he lived by the Walden Pond

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The guys had already started preparing our breakfast when I finally got back to our camping spot. Ops! :)

We packed our stuff and drove to a parking area from which we could go for a hike. Sadly we couldn't take our dogs with us so we left them in the car. 

We even got to see two deers running away from us as we headed back to the car along this trail...

We even got to see two deers running away from us as we headed back to the car along this trail...

When we got back to our cars, not only we found our dogs extremely happy to see us; we also found two tickets on our windshields for not paying the mandatory $10 parking fee! :( None of us had seen the sign saying we were supposed to pay it...

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But we wouldn't let it ruin our weekend so we drove to Julian and just before heading back to San Diego we had one of their famous apple pies to finish our weekend off with style.

That was our first time camping around Julian but we will certainly be back, many times. For those living here in San Diego or visiting the city, this is a trip I highly recommend. 

If you want more details and information about it, please feel free to ask me on the comments section or send me an email. I would be happy to help! :)

I wish you all a fabulous week ahead!

Cheers!

Bernardo