By Billy Ortiz
February 22, 2011 (Laguna Mountain)-- Laguna Mountain was a winter wonderland on February 21, 2011. More than a foot of snow fell from last weeks storm, bringing thousands of visitors to play in the snow on a "bluebird" Presidents day in the East County of San Diego, to use a ski term for a day of blue, sunny skies after a snowfall.
My grandsons and I took a short drive from El Cajon to Laguna Mountain today. What a sight! After leaving I-8 east, we wound up the Sunrise Highway in anticipation, where we were greeted by thick blankets of snow covering the tall pine and oak trees and meadows.
On this day you could see as far as the horizon would allow and many just stood admiring the views. I have never seen it look so beautiful.
There is plenty of snow, two and a half feet thick in some drift areas with a good 16 inches in others. Parking was a little hassle, but we found a good spot and enjoyed the sights and sounds of laughter and joy.
Laguna Mountain's winter wonderland is only about a half hour east of El Cajon and an hour or so east of San Diego
Snow will probably stick for a few more days but with the warm weather we're experiencing, it wont be around for long. So pack warm clothes and extra socks, then head on up. We left plenty of fresh untouched snow for you on Laguna Mountain!