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Outside Idyllwild: Random thoughts …

Outside Idyllwild: Random thoughts …

I saw my friend Maurie sitting in front of Gary’s Deli on Sunday. I hadn’t really seen Maurie since we did the Spitler Peak Trail last May. So, I asked him what he had been up to and he replied that he was there with an 80-year-old Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) hiker. It turns out […]

Idyllwild Botany: Mysteries of field botany... The past leads us to the present

Idyllwild Botany: Mysteries of field botany… The past leads us to the present

Last week, Tom [Chester] and I went on yet another hunt for the rare Cliff cinquefoil (Potentilla rimicola), this time at a site that produced three reports from a host of people on the same day in 1924. I can only imagine that there must have been a party of botanists on a field trip […]

Creature Corner: Sept. 22, 2011

Creature Corner: Sept. 22, 2011

Two found dogs this week are missing their human families. One is a Pomeranian and a the other is a possible Burmese/mountain dog mix. Call ARF to identify at (951) 659-1122.

Past Tense: Sept. 22, 2011

Past Tense: Sept. 22, 2011

60 years ago – 1951 The crew drilling well no. 2 for the Fern Valley Mutual Water Co. were experiencing their toughest assignment in years. The drill had to pass through 70 feet of solid granite down to 130 feet. 55 years ago – 1956 Nearly 400 county educators, administrators and groups concerned with education […]

Off the Leash: What me worry? Yes …

I worry. Sometimes I worry too much. I get a thought in my head and I become like a pit bull, I can’t let it go. It’s not good for me. In the past, it has caused me, and those close to me, problems. I think it’s because I have lousy denial mechanisms. Woody Allen […]

Chief’s Corner: The chief is out …

Editor’s note: In his August column, Chief Walker wrote about his first-hand observations of the Wallow Fire, which occurred in Arizona during May through July. Unfortunately, the chief could not prepare a September column because his Interagency Management Team was summoned to the Umpqua Complex Fire in Oregon. At 680 acres, the Umpqua Complex includes […]

Creature Corner: Sept. 15, 2011

Creature Corner: Sept. 15, 2011

Tails were wagging and motors purring this week at the ARF house. Chancy, the Lab/Aussie mix perked his ears up at just the right time and wagged his way into a perfect forever home. Paws up to you Chancy!

Past Tense: Sept. 15, 2011

Past Tense: Sept. 15, 2011

60 years ago – 1951 A county road crew was erecting concrete walls for a new bridge over Strawberry Creek at Fern Valley corners. 55 years ago – 1956 As summer was drawing to a close, many Idyllwild businesses went on a winter schedule, including the Town Crier, which published every two weeks in the […]

Outside Idyllwild: Where are they now again …

It is time once again to check in with the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) hikers, most of whom are nearing the end of their journey. A quick check on trialjournals.com reveals that most of the remaining hikers are now counting the miles in hundreds instead of thousands and almost all the recent posts are from […]

Outside Idyllwild: Tramway excursion …

Outside Idyllwild: Tramway excursion …

Back in 1975, I took the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway up into the high country. I don’t recall the exact why or wherefore but I do remember enjoying the experience. After I found out that I could do the tram and back to Humber Park as a long day hike the cost of the tram […]

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