Barrett Junction Cafe & Mercantile

We are Approaching Fire Season

Barrett Junction Valley

Previous posts share about the hazards and joys of living in San Diego County’s Back Country.  Whether you live off Interstate 8 or Highway 94 (SR-94 or Campo Road) it is a beautiful drive home and to work.  At least if you take the time to notice.  Commute to work can be exasperating, focused on what lies ahead.

It may seem devastating to drive by burn outs.  However, consider how resilient Mother Nature truly is.  Recovery takes a bit of time, however, soon enough the burn out will be green and lush as summer enters brown and beautiful.

Touring the back country on a Saturday or a Sunday is a family event that can become a tradition.  The country drive for those who live in the city may be a wonderful break from smog, stress of traffic, and rushing to get “things” done.

There are several places to stop and eat, lakes and parks to walk, and general snack stops.  Museums, history, and much more to enjoy.  Join a Tour group or just take the time with the family and drive yourself.  Take a look at the map here.

When you come through the Barrett Junction Valley stop by and have a cold drink and a meal with us.  We are closed on Mondays.  Open at 11 a.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. weekends.  We are a designated Cool Zone during the heat waves.


When touring the back country, remember:

  • If you smoke to use your ash tray.
  • Do not drive across dry grass.
  • Do not set up campfires unless they are in the designated areas and supervised.
  • What you bring take with you.
  • Consider before you hike.
    • Take plenty of water.
    • Watch for rattlesnakes.
    • Look before you step or reach
    • Keep your dogs leashed, please
    • Check cell phone availability
    • Tell someone where you are going. Map a route and stick to it.
  • If you have to ask, you should not do it. Just a thought.

Summer months are hot, dry and fires are easy to start.  All it takes is a spark on dry grass.  Heat waves are normal, temperatures range from the high 80s to the 100s depending on the area you visit.

Stop in and hang out, we offer a cooler environment and on great days the front porch is perfect to hang out and have a cold beer or ice tea.

Be safe, enjoy your spring & summer.

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