All that rain California has been enjoying for the past few months has been appreciated by all, especially in desert around mountains and along the freeways. Before the rain, we all had grown used to the dry scrub that is our landscape.
But, in a short drive up and then down San Jacinto mountains (lots of hairpin curves, warnings of loose boulders, and a set of cat-like nerves), view of the flat plains below were astounding.
We have driven this road many times, but never when there was actual green. It was impressive enough that my husband John actually pulled over into viewing points. Getting him to stop the race car feeling he loves was amazing in itself.
P.S. We went to Idyllwild, CA, on a day trip. Despite having the tourist attraction feeling, Idyllwild is a small town, where one really does know his neighbor. This is an active community with four churches, supermarket, owner run pizza restaurant, a variety of quality restaurants,.movie theater, many art galleries, and other personally owned businesses. There are no franchises here.