Where’s Mother McCreary?

From the mailbag…

Hi Jack… a few years ago we took one of your days trips through the back country, past a lama farm, Mother McCreary’s exit road and ending at Sycuan Casino.

It was a great day, but sadly, I no longer have the article and we would like to take the trip again this weekend…

Anyway you can email the directions???  I would realllllly appreciate it..

Best regards,

Well, Rosemary, that’s Who’s Mother Grundy and it’s right here at weekenddriver.com. Have a great trip and watch out for those llamas.

From Reader Bryan: New 4×2 Truck Owner Looking For Easy Off-Road Trails

Here’s an email from reader Bryan:

I just bought a 2012 Ford F-150 XLT SuperCrew 4X2 with EcoBoost and I would like to take it out and venture off the “Path”.  Can you recommend some articles or trips you have taken where the terrain was more rugged, but 4X4 was not a must. I have the optional electronic locking rear axel, and am pretty comfortable driving off-road (although I would consinder myself to be a novice).  I would like to explore, but don’t want to get myself into trouble without the 4X4.  Any recommendations would be greatly apprieciated.
New Truck Owner


Congrats on your new truck! Any of the desert drives would work for you; the most recent drive is the “Train Stop to History” story that just ran this month. The Dirt Drives category also has a variety of terrain choices; most aren’t the Rubicon rock-crawler type.
One thing you’ll have to watch out for with the F-150 is its width. Some of the trails are going to have brush on the sides and you may end up with “Arizona Pinstripes,” scratches on your new paint.
Have fun and let me know if you take any of my trips!

Mailbag: Ft. Hunter Liggett Brings Back Memories

Dear Jack:

Loved your rundown on Fort Hunter Liggett. Brings back lots of memories; I ran the Santa Lucia Recreation Center there way back when. Now my god-daughter’s husband works there. Plan to stay at the Hacienda one day soon.

Thanks for all the interesting facts.


Maureen: You’ve got to visit. It’s one of the most unique places in California and that says a lot!

Black Canyon, Mt. Laguna

Back to the e-mail…

Dear Jack,

My wife and I greatly appreciate your occasional series Weekend Drive in the San Diego Union. I’ve spotted and collected four of them in the last year, and the each of the three we’ve done has been a joy and revelation.

I first spotted the Black Canyon trip about a year ago, and it inspired not only the drive described, but also a side trip with my son along the Santa Ysabel and Black Mountain truck trails, culminating in a hike to Black Mountain Lookout. A wonderful trip, although better done earlier than our June trip, when it must have been nearly 100F! Probably best advised only for the 4wd crowd though.

More recently we did your Japatul and Back door to the Lagunas trips and enjoyed them both immensely. Yesterday we did the Back door to the Lagunas, stopping for a hike to Garnet Peak from the Penny Pines trailhead, then on down Kitchen Creek road to 8, then retracing the Japatul trip in reverse on the way home. I’m looking forward to your Borrego Byways trip the next chance we get.


Hi, John. Hope you’ve found all the columns here at Weekenddriver.com!