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Jonathan (Xanga: yutaka731) was our “winner” with the guess of Mount Palomar.  After hearing about how windy the roads leading to it were and riding in the bus to summer retreat in August, I knew I had to drive those roads in the car!

I took the 60 West to the 15 South to the 76 East to San Diego County Road S6 North to get to my destination.  I left a little before 9:30 AM PST and returned a little after 4:00 PM PST.  I got to the Observatory around 11:40 AM and left around 12:50 PM.

First, I got my kicks on Route 76 (actually, it’s a highway)

Seeing how the foliage has turned is definitely a beautiful sight!  Note: I do not recommend taking photos while you’re driving.  The first one above would’ve been awesome if it wasn’t so out of focus.  Oh well.  You can’t win ’em all!  The drive up San Diego County Road S6 was awesome!  The drive down was even better!!!  Tight turns and going through thick fog a few times was a blast!  No, I was not traveling at unsafe speeds!  I’d say I was driving about 70-85% of my ability at the most.  Honest!  The tires and brakes can vouch for me!

Up on the mountaintop

Inside the observatory, home of the 200″ Hale Telescope

The sign says, “Wheels on which dome rolls”

I tried to take this photo without using the flash.  Bad idea?  It probably was.

Here’s a scale model of the Hale Telescope

^ The real deal ^

On the way down, I saw snow on the side of the road and couldn’t resist driving into it just to experience “The Beauty of All-Wheel Drive” (Subaru’s old slogan circa 2002-2003).  Dan got his first taste of snow and I think he really liked it!  He wants more!!!  Chains?  HA!  Where we’re going, we don’t need chains!  (Note: Just because you have all-wheel drive doesn’t mean you can drive in snow.  For example, if you have all-wheel drive and maximum performance summer tires (stock Subaru Impreza WRX STIs and Mitsubishi Lancer Evolutions) or regular all-season tires, that won’t be enough.  The tires and wheels on Dan are 2006 WRX stock wheels and tires – Bridgestone Potenza RE92 M&S (mud & snow-rated <- that’s IMPORTANT to have) tires in P215/45R17 size on 17″ x 7″ wheels.)

You can see how dirty “Devoted Dan” got!

The most significant thought that came to my tiny mind was the fact that we as human beings have a desire to understand the “mystery of the universe”.  If only we all could realize that our God is the God of holiness and yet He welcomes broken hearts and souls like ours and draws us to Himself.  How awesome is the Lord most high!

I really enjoyed the musical and program put on at my church, First Chinese Baptist Church, Walnut, tonight.  Pastor Ted (Xanga: deadkau) has a couple of photos up on his Xanga.  The kids and Low family put forth a tremendous effort.  As some rally race car drivers would say, they were at “maximum attack.”  When all was said and done, the song that came to my mind was “Enough” by Chris Tomlin.  So here it is!  The song I hope ya’ll are hearing is the acoustic version off the special edition of the See the Morning album that was released on September 26, 2006.  For some of you out there, it may make a great Christmas gift to help your fellow brother or sister worship our great and awesome Lord!

By Chris Tomlin from the album Not to Us

You are my supply
My breath of life
Still more awesome than I know
You are my reward
Worth living for
Still more awesome than I know

All of You is more than enough for all of me
For every thirst and every need
You satisfy me with Your love
And all I have in You is more than enough

You’re my sacrifice
Of greatest price
Still more awesome than I know
You’re the coming King
You are everything 
Still more awesome than I know


More than all I want
More than all I need
You are more than enough for me
More than all I know
More than all I can see (YEAH!)
You are more than enough


About USCTrojan4JC

God Follower, husband, father, USC Trojan alumnus, Mazda employee

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  1. wurpol says :

    your posts are frequently so long that i have trouble finding the end. i’m glad that you got a chance to do something that makes you feel good and happy. The observatory looks cool. I know this sentence may never become relevant but… I never want to be bronzed or have a bust created of myself. They always look so weird.

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