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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 […]

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 […]

Outside Idyllwild: Idyllwild magic again …

Hot has been the order of the day for the last week. With the temperature topping 90 degrees for several days in a row, it was simply too hot for hiking or climbing. Too hot for just about every other outdoor activity I could think of besides swimming. All of us Idyllwilders know swimming options […]

Outside Idyllwild: Forest outposts … Strawberry Creek

I recently read an article about access to Strawberry Creek. Apparently a section that runs through Idyllwild is being slowly eroded or cut off altogether. This article appeared in the Desert Star Weekly — “the #1 and only independent alternative community newsweekly serving the desert region of California.” The author, Don Wallace, is a longtime […]

Outside Idyllwild: Flipped Out

Outside Idyllwild: Flipped Out

It seems that I do not go anywhere without my Flip camcorder these days. I have the Flip Ultra HD model that shoots up to two hours of high definition video. This pocket-sized camcorder took the world by storm and had a huge market share of camcorder sales until they started to put HD video […]

Outside Idyllwild: Let’s do Lunch Rock …

The invitation or demand came in the form of a text message from Les Walker “You’re doing Lunch Rock with me tomorrow.” I sent a tentative response, “I did not know that.” Les replied, “8 a.m. … Meet Humber Park.” My one word answer, “OK.” Two things came into my head simultaneously. Texting is really […]

VIDEO: Outside Idyllwild: Where are they now? …

VIDEO: Outside Idyllwild: Where are they now? …

Rain and lightning put a damper on my weekend plans. I had planned to go hiking on Saturday and to work on Sunday. I barely left the house on both days other than hanging out at the coffee shop with my laptop. Various writing projects have been keeping me busy, so rain or shine I […]

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