2022-04-21 Thursday In East Washington

With my route planned through eastern Washington to Oregon, I hit the road about mid-morning on Wednesday. The weather was cool, but not frozen, and the passes were open with no chains required. I stopped several times to combat road-weary eyes and stretch my legs. After 188 miles, I found a rest area and stopped … Read more

2012-06-10 A Weekend in Idyllwild

I spent an early June weekend with my ex in Idyllwild, a quaint little town nestled a mile high under the peaks of San Jacinto Mountain. Idyllwild has shopping for artsy stuff scattered around the center of town, which appeals to my ex, and nearby restaurants and scenery which appeals to me. There are trails … Read more

2013-04-04 Imperial Beach Swallows

I travelled to Imperial Beach one April morning in 2013 to see if I might find any interesting bird activity. Normally I’d expect shorebirds, egrets or waterfowl at 7th Street, but to my surprise, it was Cliff Swallows gathering mud for their nests that provided the entertainment I was looking for. The harsh late morning … Read more

2015-05-08 Bicknell Bottoms

Yesterday’s visit at this place was just not enough to take it all in, so I opted to stay another day. My drive took me nearly completely around the valley and I was able to get a better idea of what treasures might be possible here. I’m sure the seasons influence what visitors might be found. … Read more

2015-05-07 Otter Creek and Bicknell Bottoms

I left Mount Carmel Junction and headed north on Highway US-89. It’s about a three-hour drive into Bicknell Utah and the but a few minutes south to what the locals call “Bicknell Bottoms”. Of course I found stuff along the road that I had to stop and stare at. The most compelling stop I made on this … Read more