Apple Days in Julian

posted by Sharon September 25, 2012 11 Comments
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Apple Days come every fall to the mountain town of Julian. Orchards blanket the area and the red and green fruit hangs heavy and luscious.

While Main Street features a variety of shops . . .

the busiest and most treasured are those that serve apple pie.

One bustling bakery is named “Mom’s,” because we all know that apple pie and mom go together.

And ice cream is an essential part of the whole tasty experience.

Last week when I visited Julian, I drove around in the country, enjoying the oaks and pines and orchards. Then I parked in town and bought pie at Mom’s. Pushing open the screen door, I stepped out on Main Street and saw this.

Fire. Fire anywhere in a dry mountain area is frightening. For the folks in Julian, it triggers horrible memories. In 2003, a fire that started here eventually spread to areas all over San Diego. Living 60 miles from Julian, I was in the path of that massive fire and evacuated with my two cats. The course of the fire changed with the wind and my home was spared. Others were not so fortunate. Homes were lost, businesses burned to the ground, people were injured and some died. The effects of that fire are still plain today.

So people stared at the smoke and whispered, “No, no. Not again.” This time, response to the fire was immediate and intense. Fire trucks blazed down Main Street.

Air tankers flew overhead within minutes. The U.S. Forest Service requested backup.

Later reports said that Cal Fire responded with 25 engines, eight fire crews, four air tankers, three helicopters, a water tender and a bulldozer. I headed home and for most of my 60-mile drive, emergency vehicles continued to race to Julian with sirens blaring.

Three days later, the fire still burns, but the news is that the fire is “contained.” A few people are injured but no one died. The story is so different from the momentous time of 2003. Response was organized, ready, timely, efficient, life-saving.

We learn from the hard times. We prepare to fight if the fires come again. We enlist help from those around us. Meanwhile, we enjoy the delicious fruit of life, but we remember that it is fragile.

How about you? Who will you call on to help you contain the fires? Who are your “emergency vehicle” people who could be summoned day or night to help? If we can name them, we can also say a prayer of thanks for them. And maybe treat them to some apple pie a la mode this season.

 

 

 

 

 

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11 Comments

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Nancy September 25, 2012 at 10:36 am

Gorgeous apples and a scenic little town. I hope they get that fire 100% contained. It’s been a long dry summer for everyone. Visiting from Texture Tuesday. 🙂

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin September 25, 2012 at 11:44 am

Gorgeous pictures, I am dying to get apple picking, soon. Hope the fire is out for good soon!

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busymomrecipes September 25, 2012 at 12:25 pm

That fire looked and sounded frightening, but your photos are great! I also want some of that pie and ice cream!

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Pat September 25, 2012 at 1:53 pm

A beautiful and thought-provoking post!

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Sherry Galey September 26, 2012 at 5:05 pm

A wonderful ode to the apple. And yes life is fragile and thus to be savoured. So glad the fire was contained.

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JillB September 27, 2012 at 3:30 am

Beautiful images from what, I’m sure, must have been a very frightening time. Glad to hear the fire is contained.

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weecottagewonders September 27, 2012 at 5:54 pm

really lovely photos and a treat for me, too, as I used to live in San Diego and spent many happy times in and around Julian over those 13 years. I remember the fire in 2003, although by then I had moved to Arizona. Now that I live in the path of hurricanes rather than wildfires and earthquakes, I have come to have much more respect for this wild planet.

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theartfuldiva September 27, 2012 at 8:52 pm

I love all things apple – hope you don’t suffer from the fires!

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Gina September 27, 2012 at 10:38 pm

I love Julian. The hubs & I used to go there all the time when we were dating & lived in Oceanside. He has spent so many Octobers in that area fighting wildfire- on some of the biggest ones in state history. It’s so devastating there this time of year. CA wildfires are like no other. Stay safe.

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linda September 28, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Great photos of a lovely place. The fire photos are so dramatic!

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Andrea September 30, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Wonderful apple photos, makes me want to go picking!

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