A nature excursion in Anaheim

A nature excursion in Anaheim

Someone once told me that the highest elevation in Florida is the Matterhorn. I’m pretty sure she was messing with me, but the Golden State has at least as many wonders as the Swamp State. So this weekend my family and I met some friends and we went on a sight-seeing mission to visit our local park, I mean peak, that we don’t visit or appreciate nearly often enough.

It’s sad how so many of us Southern Californians ignore local treasures like Joshua Tree or even Radiator Springs. It’s only when we get invited to a wedding in Palm Springs or take a break from a crowded meeting somewhere off Katella that we check them out and realize how cool and close they are. Not a boring drive at all!

And you don’t have to be a geology freak or hippie to leave the city and enjoy the desert scenery. When wandering around the seemingly barren, freakishly clean landscape, if you keep your eyes peeled you might find tiny seashells or fossils, scraps left by vermin, or even tiny creatures scampering past your feet.

Ronald Reagan famously declared, “A tree is a tree. How many more do you need to look at?” But I still enjoy their shade, and if you look closely enough you might be rewarded with eye-pleasing patterns or details and possibly even tropical fruit scents. Don’t inhale, though! Our fortieth president also noted that “trees cause more pollution than automobiles do.”

California also has famous beaches that we hardly visit, but that’s another story… Get out of your house and have a great summer!