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Outside Idyllwild: No Devil’s Slide Trail on Sunday …

Outside Idyllwild: No Devil’s Slide Trail on Sunday …

Last Sunday we had made plans to hike the Devil’s Slide Trail and shoot some pictures of the scarlet monkeyflowers at the third spring. Our friend Rob Bowman decided to tag along for the hike to Saddle Junction and then on to Skunk Cabbage Meadow.   Early on Sunday morning Rob stopped by the U.S. […]

Outside Idyllwild: In search of the Western azalea …

Outside Idyllwild: In search of the Western azalea …

The Western azalea is the only native plant that can be found with the nose before you spot it with your eyes. We actually could smell it from about a hundred feet away.   During a phone conversation with my old friend and former Idyllwild resident Gary Stephens on the subject of wildflowers, he asked […]

Outside Idyllwild: Flora and fauna ...

Outside Idyllwild: Flora and fauna …

I never get tired of going to Lake Fulmor. On a still mountain morning with the water mirroring the beauty of the surrounding landscape, you cannot help to be in awe of the scenery.   Barbara Newhall Follett, my favorite outdoor writer, coined this beautiful metaphor that lakes are “like ancient oysters nurturing fabulous pearls.” […]

Outside Idyllwild: A trip to Santa Rosa Mountain and beyond …

Outside Idyllwild: A trip to Santa Rosa Mountain and beyond …

Once again I found myself riding shotgun in “Floyd Jr. Jr.” (the vehicle’s name), with owner Les Walker at the wheel and Cheri and the pups, Tiwi and Koda, in the back seat. We are all headed up a rough dirt road towards Santa Rosa Peak.   It was a very cloudy day on the […]

Outside Idyllwild: Wildflowers rebloomed …

Outside Idyllwild: Wildflowers rebloomed …

This past week I took a trip up to Santa Rosa Peak. On the way and while there, I took photos of the wildflowers along the road and along the desert-facing side of the ridge near the summit. It was a very interesting trip but I will save that for next week and continue talking […]

Outside Idyllwild: Earth Fair and fair earth …

Outside Idyllwild: Earth Fair and fair earth …

After a very busy weekend, I now have more to write about than I can fit into one column. First, I volunteered to help set up the Idyllwild Earth Fair on Friday. A small group of locals worked hard to get the Town Hall grounds all ship-shape for the Saturday event. Then I attended the […]

Outside Idyllwild: Wildflower extravaganza …

Outside Idyllwild: Wildflower extravaganza …

The late April rains and snow made sure that we would have a strong spring wildflower bloom. Even though it was a drier and warmer winter season than normal (or is it the new normal), I am seeing lots of plants in bloom in town and, of course, the high country will be starting to […]

Outside Idyllwild: March of the PCTers …

The annual Pacific Crest Trial hiker northern migration is now in progress. The local trails are crowded with this nomadic horde which congregates for the march northward at the Mexican border near Campo, California. The herds begin to coalesce at Lake Morena on the last weekend of April. Then, like an overflowing river, they burst […]

Outside Idyllwild: Spring in Idyllwild …

Outside Idyllwild: Spring in Idyllwild …

Once again it is springtime in Idyllwild. This season brings lilac flowers, Pacific Crest Trail hikers, goldfields carpeting Garner Valley, butterflies, rock climbers, nesting and migrating birds, wildflowers, green hillsides, running streams and so much more to the Hill. An April rain shower freshened things up and washed the panorama all clean. The late snows […]

Outside Idyllwild: More or Les …

Outside Idyllwild: More or Les …

After the departure of Miss Wyoming, I have returned to a normal routine. This week, I spent time with my friends Les and Cheri Walker. He enjoys getting out on the dirt roads and exploring in Garner Valley and beyond. This week, Les and I drove up the control road past Halfway Spring and returned […]

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