Saturday, September 27, 2008, 13:12 - Stuff
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Just as the temperatures were becoming bearable, we moved the last of our bees out of The Valley
. It was an education in how not
to get stung up. Bees navigate by the sun. At night, when they can't see the sun, they get very
aggressive. Bees are moved at night because that is when the field bees return to the hive and they don't fly at night (except at Border Patrol checkpoints)
I got stung up several dozen times my first night moving bees. My partner knocking a hive off the pallet didn't help.
It was a bad night. The last move I did, I got stung once.
On our way out to The Valley
we took the back way. Leaving Valley Center, we passed through Pauma Valley on our way up the grade to Palomar Mountain
. After skirting the base of Palomar Mountain
, home of the Hale Telescope
, we passed Lake Henshaw and made a left onto Highway 79. A few miles after passing the Mataguay Boy Scout Reservation, we would make a right onto San Diego County Road S2. S2 would drop us down into the Boreggo Valley, but not without a struggle. We would have to make it through Ranchita, Scissors Crossing, Shelter Valley (Pop. 320), Butterfield Ranch, enter the Anza-Boreggo State Park, Auga Calienti Hot Springs, Sweeney Pass while following the Great Southern Overland Stage Route of 1849(despite the fact that the Overland Mail Route was never known as "Great," the route was not "Southern," and it didnít exist in 1849)
The Carizzo Badlands Overlook has a view you will never forget. Ocotillo Wells would signal the only stretch of freeway before...The Valley