I know … I promised yet even MORE road pics, and I have a bunch … Rocky Creek, Alder Creek, Pitkins Curve, Rain Rocks … there is so much going on, it is hard to know where to start, but I decided I need a break from them, so today, it is wildflowers. All of these were taken yesterday.

Aquilegia formosa - Western Columbine

Pacific Valley Center

Lupinus bicolor

Sticky Monkey Flower - Mimulus aurantiacus

Blow-wives (Achyrachaena mollis)

Thanks Tzila for sending me the name of this one!
Indian Paintbrush - Castilleja

Common Vetch - Vicia

Calochortus albus - Fairy Lantern

And on another note, I don’t know how many of you read the article in the Herald about the French tourists who got lost on the South Coast Ridge Rd. and had to be rescued. They did not speak or read English and got to the closure and turned around, headed up Nacimiento-Fergusson, but then turned right on South Coast Ridge Rd. and drove out a couple hours. I can only imagine what that was like for them.

Today, I had my own version. I left the gate open last night – just being lazy. Today this SUV went whizzing by my place. I knew the back gate would stop him, but I didn’t want him doing anything stupid – like busting through, so I gave chase. I caught him just after he’d turned around. He was a young man, by himself, who spoke little English. He was French. His GPS sent him up Plaskett.

I got him to come back to my place so I could show him a map and draw him one on how to get back, down, over, and headed toward LA again. He was funny. Said he “liked new things” – adventure, said I. And so, he took my photo standing in front of the incredible view in my Jade Festival T-shirt with ranch hat on. What an adventure he had!