After sunning on the San Onofre beach, my spouse and I climbed 3000 feet to a secluded campsite 4.2 miles along the Mount Palomar Divide Road. This 13 mile sometimes paved road, ultimately snakes its way up over 6000 feet within eyesite of the world's largest telescope (until 1970). After popping the westy top, setting up our $50 screened in gazeebo, we enjoyed shooting stars and at an elevation where they appear close enough to touch. MPDR has just enough pot holes, unpaved surfaces, and tight one lane turns to discourage most traffic. One vehicle passed our campsite during the entire night. The following morning, we made it to within a mile of the top when the westy's warning light said "I'm to hot". I turned off the engine to the sound of boiling coolant. Thirty minutes later, I turned over the engine and drove home. I was just proud enough of our "4 wheel" trip that I drove the westy to work this morning without washing it.
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