Sycamore Sage

1012 – 03 (March)

Sycamore Sage 3-2012 – Karen and I hiked around some of the newly acquired acreage (Hagey Property). Good views.

Membership renewals are slowly coming in for 2012. Have you continued your support for our park?

For those of you who “do” Facebook” check this out: 

We look forward to the spring blooms after the Feb. rains.






The pump came from the farm of our grandfather, Math Shalka, who “homesteaded” in Alberta, Canada in 1902.  We believe he purchased the pump shortly after settling on his homestead.  One interesting piece of information is that the handle broke at some point and was repaired by a “blacksmith’s weld”.  We recall our father saying that the weld was done by our grandfather on his own forge. It remained in use on our grandfather’s farm until at least the 1940’s when it ended up on the scrap pile where it was “rescued” by Cecilia and her husband, Ray Burr.  It was then brought to Poway and, eventually, Rancho Bernardo. Lettering on the pump itself indicates that it was manufactured by the F. E. Myers and Bro. Company of Ashland, Ohio.  This was an old company started in 1870 which specialized in pumps and pioneered a “double action” system that drew water on both the up and the down stroke of the handle, thus saving considerable work. A quick search on Google has two interesting web sites — amd — which have more information about the company, which still exists and still specializes in pumps.


Donated by Cecilia Burr and Bob Shalka Feb. 2012 through Friends of Goodan Ranch




History Buffs:



·                                 Looking for a fun outing? Plan to do this run around Lake Poway (to the Ramona Dam as well if you do the 10K) on Sat. May 5, 2012.         


5th Annual Cinco de Mayo Trail Run – 10K • 5K • Kids Race

?5th Annual Cinco de Mayo Trail Run 

10K • 5K • Kids’ Race



Beginning Tracking Walks

Join an experienced SDTT Tracker for a FREE easy wildlife tracking walk. Look for tracks, scat,

and further evidence that coyotes, bobcats, raccoon, deer, and other wildlife have been in

the area! No reservation is necessary. Simply show up at the designated time and location:

First Saturday of every month at 8:30 a.m. at the Mission Trails

   Regional Park Visitor Center For information: or 619.668.3281

Second Saturday of every month at 8:00 a.m. at the Adobe Ranch House in

   Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve

For information: or 760.715.4102

E-mail:  “Tracking Our Native Wildlife”


Dead Birds: Dead less than 24 hours – no obvious damage – do Not freeze. Call 1-888-551-4636.Weekends: 858-565-5255

Have you found an injured or orphaned bird or mammal in San Diego County?

Call Project Wildlife at 619-225-9202. See their web site at:

We need to keep following 2 issues: the Water District’s San Vicente Pipeline www.sdcwa.orgclick on “infrastructure”; then “esp”; then “San Vicente Pipeline” and

SDG&E’s Powerlink: 


     PARK UPDATE:  Trails at southeast side of Sycamore Park Drive maybe closed temporarily due to Sunrise Powerlink construction activities.  Additionally, helicopters and heavy machinery may temporarily increase noise levels, dust, and other disturbances; hours of construction are Monday – Saturday, 7:00am to 7:00pm.  For more information on the project, visit or contact Todd Voorhees at or by telephone at (877) 775-6818.

 The Parks website is  During rainy weather and post rainy weather the Parks Preserves are closed for safety and damage control due to muddy, wet trails and roads.  Please check the Parks website or call the ranger’s office at 858-513-4737 for Preserve status. 


Below is the link to the most current Program Guide.





Events at Goodan Ranch/Sycamore Canyon:

Over ten miles of trails and service roads open to hiking, mountain biking and equestrian use.  Preserve visitors are welcome to visit our new visitor center.  Live animals and exhibits on Goodan History, Cedar Fire, Kumeyaay and the MSCP are on display.

Events, hikes and programs start at various Preserve locations.  Some require a one mile walk from Goodan Ranch staging to the Visitor Center. ALLOW ½ HOUR TO PARK AND WALK TO THE VISITOR’S CENTER.  Please check descriptions closely.  No vehicular traffic is permitted in the Preserve.  Transportation for those with disabilities can be arranged, by calling the ranger at (858)513-4737. Goodan staging area accessed from Poway Rd. east on Garden Rd, then south on Sycamore Canyon Rd.  Sycamore Canyon Rd.ends at parking lot.

Highway 67 staging area accessed through SOUTHBOUND Highway 67 only, half a mile south of Scripps Poway Parkway. 

All events are free.  For information or to make event reservations call(858)513-4737 or email



Friday, March 16th, 2012     Sunset Star Party.   RAIN or CLOUDS CANCEL.


Saturday, March 24th, 2012     10:00am – 12:00pm Introduction to Geocaching.



Saturday, April 7th, 2012     9:00am – 11:00am Edible Plants.

       Come learn all there is to know about our local edible plants from author and college professor Lisa Chaddock.


Friday, April 20th, 2012     Sunset  Star Party.


Saturday, April 28th, 2012     9:00am – 11:00am  Coffee with a Ranger



Sunday, May 6th, 2012     9:00am – 11:00am  Wildflower Walk.


Friday, May 18th, 2012     Sunset  Star Party.


Saturday, May 26th, 2012     10:00am – 11:00am  Snakes Encounter.   .



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