My first impression upon visiting Idyllwild, just over a year ago, was of the clarity and freshness of the light on the landscape. The landscape itself seemed raw and untouched, as if it had been formed far more recently than the burnished hills of New England from which I moved, and was little affected by the scouring forces of erosion, an observation that bears out geological fact. The presence of the landscape, its undeniable relief and texture, seems to reach everywhere in Idyllwild, in definite contrast to much of southern California. This unspoiled and ecological distinctive landscape of pines, oak and white fir is a unique refuge from pavement, big-box stores, and unrestrained and indiscriminate development omnipresent to our west, 5,000 feet below, and thousands of people seem to remember that every weekend.
65 years ago – 1946 Mrs. Huston at the Cedars Cafe in Fern Valley beside Strawberry Creek advertised that she wanted to trade a lawn mower for snowshoes. • • • At Sanborn’s Market in the village, coffee was selling for 35¢ a pound, 5 pounds of potatoes was 19¢ and short ribs were 29¢ […]
ARF orphans’ wish list: a warm bed to call my own, plentiful food in my bowl, a kind human touch to my fur, the leash, treats, and most of all, that special car ride to my new forever home. Four paws up to Duke, the chow chow, for having his Thanksgiving wish come true.
When you own a Suzuki Samurai with a white stucco paint job named Floyd, you know that car is meant for some hillbilly four-wheeling. With Les Walker at the wheel, you also know that you are going to be both thrilled and a little afraid. Once again, I get a text from Les that reads […]
Thanksgiving is my favorite time of the year. It revolves around food in my house. We had a tradition to prepare a wonderful meal. Ever since I was a little girl, I remember helping my dad in the kitchen early on Thanksgiving morning. We worked together to get the turkey ready to stuff and put […]
After the last couple of storms, it is time to break out your winter hiking gear. Even though we had only rain in Idyllwild on Saturday, you can see a fresh, glistening blanket of winter snow on the peaks surrounding us. That means any trail that heads into the high country will be covered in […]
Baking desserts has been my passion since childhood. I started with cookies then graduated to cakes and other pastries. One of the hardest lessons is learning to bake at a high altitude. I own two high altitude cookbooks, “The New High Altitude Cookbook” by Beverly M. Anderson and Donna M. Hamilton, and “Pie in the […]
Like a lot of Americans, I’ve been following the Republican presidential debates the last couple of months. To be honest, I find myself scratching my head and asking myself, “What in the world is going on?” I have never seen such a group of job applicants express such open disdain for the company to which […]
Leonardo is almost 2 years old. Always open to new friendships, Leonardo will bravely welcome any four-legged that walks through the door — be it canine, or feline. He knows no enemies, as he makes sure all the new orphans at ARF are accepted and safe. A sleek short haired grey, Leonardo, along with his siblings, lost his mom shortly after birth. One by one, his brothers were all adopted. He chose to pass it on, as Mr. Mom to Dawn and Dusk, who also lost their mom and were living under a house. Leonard is a one of a kind furry friend who is at his best consoling and loving other cats and dogs.
65 years ago – 1946 The new electrical substation was almost ready for service. It was expected to greatly improve power service for the Hill. 55 years ago – 1956 Some Banning youngsters took a one-day outdoor education course at the Arts Foundation. One of them later wrote the instructor (Emax), “I enjoyed hiking with […]