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Outside Idyllwild: April stories …

Outside Idyllwild: April stories …

April was a good month for outdoor adventures. I would have liked to have seen more rain, which would benefit the wildflower season. Of course, when it comes to weather, you take what you get. It does not look like we will have a similar profusion of wildflowers as we had last year. But late […]

Outside Idyllwild: PCT hikers and wildflowers …

Spring is the time for wildflowers and Pacific Crest Trail thru hikers to start popping up all over Idyllwild. It starts in March, when a few early bird hikers begin their long trek and the willows start to bloom. A spring snow does not deter either the willows or the PCTers from beginning their spring […]

Outside Idyllwild: Déjà vu all over again …

Outside Idyllwild: Déjà vu all over again …

This past week I took another trip out to Joshua Tree. On the Hill, I saw the first lilac flowers of the season and took a trip to Garner Valley. It was a great week with warm days and not too cool mornings, which all seemed to come to an end Sunday afternoon when thick […]

Outside Idyllwild: My three weeks on the DL …

Outside Idyllwild: My three weeks on the DL …

It has been three weeks and a day since I sprained my ankle and I still am not fully recovered. After limping around and using a trekking pole as a cane for a few days, I made the mistake of walking on the ankle which only worsened the situation. Several days after the injury, I […]

Outside Idyllwild: Joshua Tree photo safari …

At 3 p.m. Saturday, Les and Cheri Walker, along with the pups Koda and Boulder, and yours truly all piled into the FJ Cruiser and headed to Joshua Tree. Our mission was to catch the late afternoon light and, hopefully, some cloud cover during the golden hour shooting. This would be the first time that […]

Outside Idyllwild: Spring forward …

Outside Idyllwild: Spring forward …

You can’t cut a foot off one end of a blanket, sew it onto the other end and think you have a longer blanket. But that is what Daylight Saving Time tries to accomplish every spring. Like it or not, you can watch the sunset after you have dinner in the summer months. I remember […]

Outside Idyllwild: More tidbits …

Outside Idyllwild: More tidbits …

My original plan for this week’s column was to hike Idyllwild County Park’s Perimeter Trail then cross Highway 243 and continue on Deer Springs Trail. I planned to take my camera and tripod along. I’d shoot some photos and write about the experience. When I encountered snow, I would just turn around and return the […]

Outside Idyllwild: Tidbits …

Outside Idyllwild: Tidbits …

Last week, I spent almost all my time indoors recovering from the bad flu or cold that has been going around this winter. This was the second time this winter that I came down with this affliction and I don’t ever want to go through this again. On two occasions, I did get out and […]

Outside Idyllwild: A love letter to Idyllwild — Part 3 …

Outside Idyllwild: A love letter to Idyllwild — Part 3 …

After taking pictures at Idyllwild County Park, I had arranged for Les Walker to pick me up there and we drove to Lake Hemet. After a stop at the Lake Hemet Market for beverages, I could not contain myself and started photographing the mountain peaks of the Desert Divide from the parking lot. The long […]

Outside Idyllwild: A love letter to Idyllwild — Part 2 …

Outside Idyllwild: A love letter to Idyllwild — Part 2 …

As the summer moves forward, the San Jacinto mountains are inundated with birds of every size, shape and color. Orange breasted robins search the ground for insects and worms. Adult California quail act as crossing guards while their young scurry across the street. Stellar’s jays are everywhere, wearing their snappy uniforms of royal blue and […]

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