When I was a girl, on bright sunny spring days, my mother used to say, “Skip school. It’s too nice a day to be inside.” And with that we would head to the beach. In fairness, she did not say it often, and to be truthful, all too often I would say, “Oh, but I have… blah, blah, blah.” Of course, she was right, mothers tend to be right. I don’t remember what “blah, blah, blah” was, but I surely do remember the days we spent playing hooky at the beach.
So with that introduction, all I can say is, if you are reading this post, then stop right now and put all of your efforts toward tearing yourself away from everything electronic, and go out to see the wildflowers. If you do not know where to go – and you are living in southern California – check the Theodore Payne Foundation, Wildflower Hotline (ph: 818-768-3533).
Last Friday I packed up my hiking boots, raincoat, sandwich, water bottle, and camera to go out to see the desert wildflowers with a friend and former Rancho colleague. She had heard that Shaver’s Well on Box Canyon Road near Mecca was the place to go. After strolling through her Riverside garden, in the rain, we hit the road. Once we passed White Water, the rain cleared, leaving a magnificent day of bright sun, billowy clouds and spectacular wildflowers. If these pictures do not get you off that chair, then I just do not know what to say!
My pictures do not do it justice. Listen to my mother, it is too beautiful a day to be inside, play hooky.