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Category: Outside Idyllwild

Outside Idyllwild: ’Tis the season for insulation …

Once again the holiday season is upon us and what will be at the top of many hillbillies’ Christmas list? My guess is warm clothing has to be number one for most adults. After all almost every one can use another sweater, fleece or down jacket to stave off the winter chill. A few weeks […]

Outside Idyllwild: Giving thanks for Idyllwild magic …

Another Thanksgiving weekend has come and gone along with another missed Tree Lighting Ceremony. I am not much for crowds, so I tend to avoid the ceremony. I do enjoy seeing the tree lit up when I drive or walk through town. All and all, I do think of the Thanksgiving holiday as a time […]

Outside Idyllwild: Suzuki sleigh ride and other stories …

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 […]

Outside Idyllwild: Winter hiking gear? Yes, you need it …

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 […]

Outside Idyllwild: Winter tips for outside and inside …

Outside Idyllwild: Winter tips for outside and inside …

Now it’s winter again and all I can say to Idyllwild’s newcomers is welcome to the Hill. I hope you enjoy the change of seasons. After talking to a few newcomers and offering some tips on staying warm in the fall and winter months, I was asked to write this column and offer some of […]

Outside Idyllwild: PCT speed record and other stories …

Scott Williamson has set the new speed record for hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). He completed the 2,627-mile trail southbound from Canada to Mexico in 64 days, 11 hours and 19 minutes. He hiked an average of 41 miles each day. He began his trek Aug. 8. In the northern-most State of Washington, he […]

Outside Idyllwild: Lake Fulmor photo safari …

In all the years I have known Les Walker, I have never seen him take a photograph. Les is a professional photographer and photo editor but he has never brought a camera when we went out hiking or took our trips out to Lake Hemet. Lake Hemet has always been one of my favorite spots […]

Outside Idyllwild: Remembering Jimmy …

Outside Idyllwild: Remembering Jimmy …

I can’t recall the first time I met James Haney. He seemed to just materialize into my consciousness fully formed as a friend and buddy. Looking back, it was as if we were meant to be good friends from the start and there was no “getting to know you” phase like most friendships. One thing […]

Only in Idyllwild: County Park II …

Only in Idyllwild: County Park II …

We ended last week during a momentary lapse in my sense of direction. I was aided when I saw a small white dog trotting around a bend in the trail. This canine was accompanied by another small dog and its owner. I was carefully hiking down the steep end of the Summit Loop Trail. I […]

Outside Idyllwild: A walk in the park …

Outside Idyllwild: A walk in the park …

County Park, actually the official name is Idyllwild Park, is part of the Riverside County Regional Park and Open-Space District and is located at 54000 Riverside County Playground Road. The actual sign, which I have called County Park Rd. for the 35 years I have lived in Idyllwild, says Riv. Co. Playground Rd. I know […]

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