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Outside Idyllwild: Observe our seasons — grandiose and subtle changes …

Outside Idyllwild: Observe our seasons — grandiose and subtle changes …

I spent the spring chasing after wildflowers. During the summer months, there were flowers, butterflies, birds and bees to seek out. When fall finally arrived, I lamented seeing the last butterfly as it flew a quick circle around me and disappeared until spring comes once again. Autumn proved to have its own charms with bluer […]

Outside Idyllwild: Return of the Champ …

Over the Thanksgiving weekend, I got an email from my friend Rob Bowman. He asked about the trails in County Park and whether I would like to go hiking with him and his family. We made arrangements and they drove up to my house about an hour later. I was waiting outside with my pack […]

Outside Idyllwild: By the numbers …

January 2013 will mark the beginning of my 37th year of living in Idyllwild. The middle of the same month will also mark the beginning of my eighth year of writing the “Outside Idyllwild” column. In that time I have seen and written about many things. I have written about 350 columns (two weeks off […]

Outside Idyllwild: In search of gold …

I spent the month of October photographing trees in my neighborhood and beyond in all their autumn glory. The yellow, orange and red maple leaves, the tall candle-shaped golden boxwoods, and the multicolored dogwoods all flaunted their fall fashion hues before dropping their leaves at winter’s first sign. One tree, of an unknown species, sparked […]

Outside Idyllwild: Fall colors, spring and summer weather …

Outside Idyllwild: Fall colors, spring and summer weather …

Last Saturday, I volunteered to work the Earth Fair yard sale. The day started out cold and windy, so I was wearing jeans and a jacket.   By 9 a.m., I removed the jacket and, by noon, I had changed into shorts. Although it seemed like a mistake to have a yard sale so late […]

Outside Idyllwild: The autumn leaves, part 2 …

Last week I talked about the 10 essentials and preparing for the fall hiking season. Although the 10 essentials are necessary for year round hiking, the fall and winter seasons obviously require additional equipment. We covered emergency bags and rain gear last week and next up are insulation layers. Last Sunday was another example of […]

Outside Idyllwild: The autumn leaves: Part 1 …

Fall is once again upon us. In Idyllwild, autumn is when the wind blows hot one day and cold the next or visa versa. It can be sunny and warm or sunny and cold or cloudy and colder like it was last week. One day you are freezing in long pants and a jacket. The […]

Outside Idyllwild: The golden hour, part 2 …

Outside Idyllwild: The golden hour, part 2 …

I am parked at Vista Point awaiting the sunset and contemplating the nearly full moon. I walk up and down the pathways to find the best possible vantage points.   I was hoping to get a reflection on Diamond Valley Lake but I realize that the sun is too far to the north to shine […]

Outside Idyllwild: The golden hour: Part 1 …

Outside Idyllwild: The golden hour: Part 1 …

If a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing, then I am a menace to myself and everyone around me because I know a little bit about a lot of things.   How else do you explain spending half an hour staring through a viewfinder at the setting sun at least twice a week? For […]

Outside Idyllwild: Where are they now? …

Outside Idyllwild: Where are they now? …

During April, May and June, we saw the annual stampede of Pacific Crest Trail hikers come through Idyllwild. The PCTers, as I call them, were everywhere in town. You saw them at the post office, grocery store, restaurants, coffee shop, motels, campgrounds, library and walking (sometimes limping) up and down the roads in town.   […]

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