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Hi Colin, most of the adventures included in this post have a map included in the field guide. If you're logged in as a member you should be able to download them. Hope that helps!
A surprising number of people were snowshoeing / hiking / skiing the loop given the holiday. The lake was frozen and we hesitantly made our way out onto the ice. Watched the sun go down over the lake before making our way back to the car in the dark.
A surprising number of people were snowshoeing / hiking / skiing the loop given the holiday.
I believe that purple flower is the Calochortus splendent (Splendid Mariposa Lily), and the yellow is the Calochortus lutes (Yellow Mariposa Lily).
Had a fun few hours milling around the mall.
Thanks for the details about the spur trail, Andrew! I've updated the map to reflect that washed out trail, which should clarify the junction for future hikers.
Stopped by the Palace of Fine Arts on a road trip a few years back. I was blown away by this amazing park that's free to the public. Totally fabulous and worth going out of the way for.
Stopped by the Palace of Fine Arts on a road trip a few years back.
The unidentified yellow flower is a type of Monkey flower (Diplacus), but I'm not sure which. Longiflorus?
My great-grandmother Dorothy on Coronado Beach, circa 1940's.
Made the visit to Butchart Gardens at the height of the tourist season. The displays were definitely impressive, but it felt more like the Disneyland of gardens. Perhaps it was the crowds? It's less of a garden for botanists (there were no plant labels) than it is for the layperson - most of the plants were annuals or bulbs, and typical garden plants versus more rare ones. That said, I did enjoy the Japanese Garden, and the setting in Victoria is quite beautiful.
Made the visit to Butchart Gardens at the height of the tourist season.
Visiting Mammoth Hot Springs feels like visiting another planet. A much less hospitable planet.
We drove through Lamar Valley on a family vacation, and it was one of the more delightful parts of the trip. Traffic stopped as a herd of buffalo crossed the road. The buffalo were shedding their winter coat, and many calves had recently been born.
We drove through Lamar Valley on a family vacation, and it was one of the more delightful parts of the trip.
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