Log Item: Palomar Observatory is located in San Diego County, California, about 145 kilometers (90 mi) southeast of Los Angeles. It sits atop a mountain in the Palomar Mountain Range and there is a twisty road that leads to the top of the mountain. The Devil wanted to run the road. (video made by somebody else on an inferior motorcycle) (Rick Clemson sits on a wicked corner, taking photos and this is a video compilation of crashes for Jenny, on the Palomar Mountain Road, also called San Diego County Road 6). Yes, people do crash on this road ALL OF THE TIME. It's one of those things.
The observatory operates several telescopes, including the famous 200-inch (5.1 m) Hale Telescope and the 48-inch (1.2 m) Samuel Oschin Telescope. In addition, other instruments and projects have been hosted at the observatory, such as the Palomar Testbed Interferometer and the historic 18-inch (0.46 m) Schmidt telescope, Palomar Observatory's first telescope, dating from 1936.
Calking-Off: I finished a conference call at about 10:40 am and called a friend, who was off work today (Tuesday). He was up for a run to Palomar. There are benefits of being on a motorcycle. If people call, you can't hear them and can't answer. There were a few missed calls and urgent voicemails covering items that are not the least bit urgent. Yes, I just walk around picking up money off the street, which means that it's more important to do this than to work. I made it back home at 5:00 pm on the dot...quitting time.
To get to the Observatory you must pass through three Indian Reservations. Unless you know the area, I'm sure that you never heard of the tribes/bands (Pala, Pauma and LaJolla). They were all immediately co-opted by Spanish explorers and enslaved without firing an arrow or taking a scalp. Yeah, pathetic, right? The Pala tribe lucked out by having their ancestral land adjacent to Interstate 15 and opened a large casino as part of their revenge on the white man.
You will note that the weather was perfect - mid-70's. Why work when you can ride? Why indeed?
|The Line-up: Ducati Diavel and BMW RS1200|
|The plan called for lunch at Mother's Kitchen. It's still closed except for|
weekends when motorcycles converge on the place. The summer schedule
begins in June...so much for lunch...I BBQ'd myself a hamburger when I got
|Running with the Devil. They don't let you ride your motorcycle up to to the|
observatory itself, so no chance for a glory shot next to the white dome.