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Outside Idyllwild: Blue skies and white puffy clouds …

Outside Idyllwild: Blue skies and white puffy clouds …

It certainly has been an interesting summer with a strange monsoonal flow of thunderhead clouds building up almost every day for over a month.   Nearly 30 years ago, in the early 1980s, I remember this much lighting, thunder and rain for a period lasting this long. Some of you Hillbillies may remember The Baker […]

Before Our Time: Sequoias, settle in here …

A grove of giant sequoias in the San Jacinto Mountains? Yes indeed! One sultry day this summer, I was hiking with friends up one of my least favorite routes, the Black Mountain Trail. The day’s weather only made it worse, but as we passed 7,000 feet and approached the saddle at the head of Hall […]

Past Tense: Sept. 6, 2012

Past Tense: Sept. 6, 2012

55 years ago – 1957 Pine Dell Estates was a new development in town, just below the village on National Forest Highway [aka Highway 243].   50 years ago – 1962 It had been 75 days since the last measurable moisture. High temperature for the week was a sizzling 96 degrees. • • • With […]

Creature Corner: Sept. 6, 2012

Creature Corner: Sept. 6, 2012

They went from being lost and abandoned dogs to loved dogs. Paws up to our Chip, the teacup Chihuahua, one of the smallest from the Anza Rescue in April, and to Elsie, the deerhead Chihuahua whose owners simply walked away. Chip and Elsie walked proudly out the ARF door sporting new harnesses, their very own […]

Fire & Forest: Planning for future wildfires …

Our local fire season thus far has not been remarkable, but it has been for others. We did get smoke from the Sage fires recently, but we were never seriously threatened. Other communities in the West have not been so fortunate. The Rocky Mountain states had very large and destructive fires in June, and the […]

Idyllwild Botany: The journey to Jean …

Idyllwild Botany: The journey to Jean …

This botanical season has unintentionally become one of personal firsts for both Tom [Chester] and me. Three out of the last four hikes have been to areas on the mountain that we had never been to before. It began when we learned that there was a route to Deer Springs.   This information kindled a […]

Outside Idyllwild: Reliving summer through pictures …

As Labor Day approaches, signaling the end of summer, I find myself looking back at all the fun things that I had the pleasure to see and photograph this year. For yours truly, it was indeed the summer of nature photography. I went from snap shots of lakes, mountains and the occasional flora and fauna […]

Creature Corner: Aug. 30, 2012

Creature Corner: Aug. 30, 2012

Reunited this week were canines Sage, Reno, Jack and Oscar. Hurray and paws up for making it back home. It’s the new kids on the block! Introducing Bo Peep, a black and white, long-haired female; Pearl, a calico female; and Vincent, a long-haired, gray and white male.   New to the ARF house, but up […]

Past Tense: Aug. 30, 2012

Past Tense: Aug. 30, 2012

65 years ago – 1947 Fifty people gathered at Dutch Flat to witness the christening of a well for the Idyllwild Water Company. At the first gush, cameras clicked and everyone clapped.   • • • Eleanor Johnson had a project underway — to turn the circle in the center of town into a village […]

Outside Idyllwild: Butterflies, thunderstorms and sunsets …

Outside Idyllwild: Butterflies, thunderstorms and sunsets …

The butterfly season is almost done for the year. It was a good season for wildflowers and that made it a good year for butterflies and bees. In the past week I have seen the painted lady, western tiger swallowtail, mylitta crescent, marine blue, an all white and a Lorquin’s admiral butterflies. It would seem […]

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