Saturday, May 14, 2011

Road Trip, Part 2..Santa Ysabel


The second part of the trip took us up into the mountains...which is what is great about Southern California living....windy roads and hardly any traffic this time of year....we went up through
Julian and Santa Ysabel which I have posted about before...we found the house fairly easily down a overgrown gravel road..it was on acreage...and I noticed at one time, this yard had been nicely landscaped but now needed a gardener badly...lots of nice trees though and the irrigation system was still in place...
The house was large and had 3 garages...the lower  half at one time been a show room..later I discovered it had been a jewerly shop of a sort...there was even a 7Up machine outside the backdoor...The upper  half was the living quarters....large living room, a nice rock fireplace, spacious kitchen with tons of storage, and 4 bedrooms.......
All hardwood floors and paneling throughout..very room with lots of storage..and a inside spa!..but it did need repair work as we noticed some dry rot and termite damage..as Alan was working on the locks outside, after I had removed them (there were quite a few ) he heard a noise and looked up...a red headed woodpecker had been doing his own version of home repair....

with a series of holes all along the front of the house.....we could hear many different types of bird calls and the trees were loaded with them....be fun to discover all the different species...

This job took quite a while..as some of the locks were broken and old..we had to replace a few and do some door repair as they didn't close right...needless to say, we were hungry and tired when we got done...stopped in Santa Ysabel at our favorite restaurant and had lunch...also bought a Julian pie to take home.....on the way, we noticed this old stage station.....the road we traveled was the same one the old stage coaches used...

took a few photos through the gate of the station..it was closed unfortunately...

Across the street from the station was this old old barn......

It was an interesting and wonderful day trip..glad you could come along!
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