Sadly, the beautiful South Ridge of Idyllwild is on fire.
On May 3, 2012, we took a walk up the mountain.
It was a cloudy day down in the valley, but we were above the clouds.
The blue skies beckoned.
The clouds lifted a bit and we could see for miles.
As we headed back down the trail...
mosses and lichens covered the boulders,
lizards frolicked on the rocks,
and red plants exploded from the earth.
I know that all of this beauty will return, and I am grateful that I was able to see the South Ridge in all of its glory on that day in May, 2012.
I just hope that the people of Idyllwild and Fern Valley will be able to return soon to their unburnt homes.
The town of Idyllwild is well known for its music and arts scene. The South Ridge is part of the San Jacinto mountain range.