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Sunday 29 February 2004

2:00 to 6:00 PM

Winter Chapter Party

Our Vice-Chair Mike Pique has once again generously agreed to let us hold our Winter Chapter Party at a cabin in the Palomar Mountains which he co-owns, so that we may enjoy the great outdoors, cozy fireplace, possibly some snow, and a little moon-gazing.

Palomar Observatory painting by William K. Hartman (C) 1997


12:00 - 12:30 PM carpool rendezvous

Starbucks, 9450 Mira Mesa Blvd., west of I-15 (see below for directions).

2:00 - 6:00 PM Party

Volunteers: free
Members: $2.00
Non-members: $5.00

Address, Directions & Maps

"The Cliff/Rock House" on Palomar Mountain
32763 Birch Hill Rd., phone: (760) 742-4391
about 90 minutes from San Diego
GPS: (datum WGS84) UTM 11 S 0514509 3685497
or 33 deg, 18.509' north, 116 deg, 50.648' west.

Region map:

From San Diego, go north on I-15 past Escondido to Highway 76 eastbound. Follow Highway 76 about 25 miles, past Pala. Take a left on County Road S-6, signposted "Palomar Mountain", you will ascend about 2500 feet in the next 7 miles; drive cautiously.

Local map:

Take a right on County Road S-7, signposted "Lake Henshaw", go about 1000 feet and turn left just beyond the fire station, on Crestline Road, signposted "Palomar County Park" and "Palomar Mountain Lodge". Be watchful for fast oncoming traffic as you make this left turn. You will ascend another 500 feet in the next mile. You will soon pass the turnoff for the County Park, keep going straight. The road will crest the summit, dip down, then ascend past antennas. Just past the historic Lodge (on your left) you will reach the end of the paved road, and another antenna farm. Take a right at the yellow and red reflectors onto the gravel "Birch Hill Road".

Close-up map:

Follow Birch Hill road (watch for yellow SIGGRAPH signs) to the driveway marked "32763 Birch Hill". Park anywhere.

Carpool rendezvous at 12:00 PM at Starbucks, 9450 Mira Mesa Blvd. (858) 271-9893, west of I-15, south of Mira Mesa Blvd., in shopping center on SW corner of Mira Mesa Blvd. and Westview Parkway; see:

Updated 02/18/04 

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