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Lola’s Kitchen: Table manners …

Most of us have had the experience of dining next to someone with atrocious table manners, such as befitting a Neanderthal. All right, maybe not in your circles. About a year ago, I was having lunch with a friend in Old Town San Diego. I looked up and he had a horrified look on his […]

Off the Main Roads: Toasty toes: stay warm hiking …

On the last few rescues, a very distinct chill has been in the air. I’ve learned through hard experience that the essence of staying safely warm in the winter wilderness is having proper clothing layers and knowing how to use them effectively. Here’s some info to help keep you toasty while hiking this winter. Why […]

Outside Idyllwild: System failure — part 3 …

Your packing system is another important component of your hiking gear. It is obvious that if your pack breaks down you will be in very bad shape. Also, if your pack leaks and your gear gets wet, it will be a big problem. Packs come with suspension systems that are rated by the weight they […]

Before Our Time: Pines to Palms before the highway …

As winter wears on, Hill residents occasionally escape the cold with a jaunt down California Scenic Highway 74 to the desert. Driving it today, we forget that prior to 1932 the only way to get directly to Idyllwild from Coachella Valley was on foot or horseback. The automotive alternative involved traveling around the foot of […]

Creature Corner: Jan. 4, 2013

Creature Corner: Jan. 4, 2013

Happy New Year 2013 to all from the many faces at ARF including our four-leggeds. Oreo, Sandy, Dillon, Noah, Rachel, Olivia, Betty, Snowball, Faith, Winston, Sally and Girl. Pepper, Carly and Sadie, Heidi, Meow Meow, Midnite, Momma Pepper, Mrs. Magu, Tommy and Twiggy are all us for adoption. ARF has many cats and dogs available […]

Fire and Forest: Some thoughts on the year …

Another year to enjoy our mountains! On this topic, the vision of the Mountain Communities Fire Safe Council is “Fire Safe Communities in a Healthy Forest.” It is not that our members are people who have always wanted to cut brush, prepare firewood, or write and administer federal grants (though they are good at it). […]

Science & Reality Today: It’s all relative so let’s take a moment to ponder …

As I held my mother in her final moments on that early morning of May 2011, I experienced so many emotions all at once. Sad that I would not see her again or hear her voice, angry that I was not there for her more, relieved that she was no longer in pain, you name […]

Outside Idyllwild: Systems failure — Part 2 …

Last week, we talked about assuring that your sleeping system is up to snuff. This week, I will focus on rain gear. It may come as a surprise that not all “rain” gear is actually waterproof. This column will help you find your way through the maze of terms and purchase the right gear for […]

Creature Corner: Dec. 28, 2012

Creature Corner: Dec. 28, 2012

ARF had one wish for Santa: Please give just one dog a forever home. And we got our wish. Domino, our Lab mix, was left to die without food, water, or human contact for five days until an angel rescued and brought her to ARF. It was love at first sight, even through the window, […]

Speaking for the Animals: The Year of the Deer? …

Speaking for the Animals: The Year of the Deer? …

I’ve lived in Idyllwild for 13 years and only occasionally seen a lone deer on my morning hikes. Infrequently, we might see one bounding across Highway 243 on the way out of town. But, in the last few months, there has been an increase in sightings, not only in our Saunders Meadow neighborhood, but also […]

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