Well, we spent the weekend up in Idyllwild with our son Hal, Claudia, and little Ben, who is now 4. It was delightful to get out of the desert heat (it was over 100 degrees there) and have a fire in the stove every night. We spent two nights there. Ben got to explore a little log cabin for kids (although he did see a black widow and THAT was THAT~) and he got to go for a hike, feed the blue jays, see gray squirrels, and play in the Idyllwild park. In fact, Saturday afternoon he was so worn out that he took a 2 hour nap! We saw quite a few hikers doing the Pacific Crest Trail (the "early" ones) and we met one of them because he was staying at the same place we were. He'd just hiked from Warner Springs to where the PCT nears Idyllwild and got a ride to town for a shower, a comfy bed, and several hot meals. Here's a link to his website:
http://crestblessings.com/ His mother just died from diabetes and he is doing his walk to raise money for diabetes research. Considering that I have relatives on BOTH sides of my family who died of diabetes, I'll be donating some money for his effort. Anyway, here are some pics from our weekend.