In fewer than 24 hours the trail has gone from desert to mountaintop back to desert, and the variety of plants is mind boggling. I’m impressed with my familiarity with most of them, but I’m taking suggestions for field-guide-style smartphone apps.
Anyway, I thought I’d share a few of the highlights and the contrast I’ve seen amid the almost-ever-present chaparral, manzanita, and sage.
Above 5,000 feet, approaching and descending from Mt. Laguna, the trail looked downright piney.
But in the lower elevations, desert-y shrubland dominates. Lucky for me: A recent heatwave has made everything start to bloom. It’s beautiful!