To visit the cultural district of Old Town Temecula take the 15 Freeway to Rancho California Road or Highway 79 south and follow the signs leading to Old Town Front Street. Public parking is free. RV parking is available in town for $30 for the weekend.
There are two public areas:
28690 Mercedes Street,
Temecula, CA 92590
The Old Town Parking Garage is now open for free parking. The Old Town Parking Garage is located on Mercedes Street south of the new City of Temecula Old Town Civic Center and Town Square.
The other is at 41000 Main Street Temecula, CA 92589
Reservations are recommended at (951) 678-0831. For more information call (951) 694-6412 or visit temeculacalifornia.com
Summer dips at Tenaja Falls
I love going hiking at Cleveland National Forest. There are natural pools to swim in and it's a blast. Drive up the 15 freeway to Clinton Keith exit, turn left and just keep driving. go past Santa Rosa Plateau (another great hiking spot) and turn right on Tenaja Road. Keep following that curvy road until you reach Cleveland Nat Forest. If the gate is open, a forty minute drive along a dirt road will take you to a trailhead from which the falls is a half an hour hike. If the gate is closed, the first trailhead will guide you on a beautiful hike along the stream.
Temecula Valley Museum
This wonderful museum has many exhibits represent life in the Temecula Valley through time and different cultures. Lots of beautiful displays of handcrafted artifacts, cultural items, ranching and farming equipment, documents, photographs, and more, Other exhibits depict key stories, including the Luiseno Indians, Mission San Luis Rey period, establishment of the ranchos, and transportation influences including the stagecoach and railroads.
And so much more!
Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Sunday 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Suggested donation $2.00
HOT AIR BALLOON FROM TRUCK TO AIR
"GETTING THERE TO GETTING AIR"
This is how that beautiful hot air balloon gets up in the air. Brought to the field by truck, the process is a lot of work with a lot of reward as the balloon rises in the air to drift on the wind currents.
After the spread out and fan air opening up the balloon, the crew start up the butane gas burners and blow hot air into the opening. This can be a dangerous time, as the flame from the burner is large and loud as the butane ignites to get the heat to raise the balloon.
The entire process takes about one hour to get the hot air balloon up in the air. Some baskets carry only the pilot and one passenger, but some have as many as six people on board. Most rides last about one hour and the wind currents and the pilots ability determine the direction of flight and the landing site, we hope. I have two videos on hot air balloons in the Temecula Valley. One is of a five balloon formation lift off, very rare to see, and one of a champagne bottle hot air balloon filling up. I trust you enjoy them.