This travelogue chronicles our many memorable sojourns to some very special destinations, mostly in California, although we've been known to stray occasionally to Arizona, Nevada and Oregon. Life is too darned short, so just gotta hit the road, kick back, and enjoy the great outdoors while one's marbles and joints are still reasonably intact...
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
LAKE ELSINORE (Riverside County, CA): Poppies & Other Spring Wildflowers off Walker Canyon Rd., Minthorn Street and Camino Del Norte - March 10, 2017
It's been years since we've seen California poppies and other wildflowers (but mainly poppies) carpeting the hills off I-15 in Lake Elsinore. This has undoubtedly been a banner year due to the combination of lots of precipitation over the winter season followed by generally frost-free, sunny and warmish weather. One of the best spots for poppy viewing is along Walker Canyon Road, and the hills above Minthorn Street (accessed from the Main Street exit off I-15) are carpeted with the purplelicious blooms of California Bluebells (Phacelia minor). These amazing technicolor wildflower displays have even caused traffic jams on I-15 through the Lake Elsinore area!
Walker Canyon Road
Addy & Sasha along the edge of the poppy field. This was as far as we
let them go so they wouldn't trample willy nilly over the wildflowers.
Addy & Sasha having a blast sniffing out new stuff
Our handsome chunky monkey
California poppies (Eschscholzia californica) and Chaparral Gilia (Gilia angelensis)
California Poppies (Eschscholzia californica), Blue Dicks (Dichelostemma capitatum), and