Weekend getaway to Julian, Calif.
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Weekend escape to Julian, Calif.

Hills outside Julian, left, Endangered Mexican gray wolves at California Wolf Center, top right, Mountain Apple Berry pie at Julian Pie, bottom right.

 (Sara Lessley)

The hills outside Julian are alive with poppies and oranges.

 (Sara Lessley)

Our favorite Mountain Apple Berry pie with cinnamon ice cream at Julian Pie.

 (Sara Lessley)

Endangered Mexican gray wolves are part of the conservation mission at the California Wolf Center outside Julian.

 (Sara Lessley)

The desert landscape abloom at the visitor center at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.

 (Sara Lessley)

Sweeping views of mountains and orchards from Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve off Farmer Road in Julian.

 (Sara Lessley)

A great place to walk off some of that delicious Julian pie -- the hills around Stonewall Mine, where gold was found in 1870s, near Julian.

 (Sara Lessley)
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