A rattlesnake, numerous species of butterflies, cliff swallows bathing……. I’m so glad I went, even though I had only an hour for a quick walk while my husband was at an art class. I chose Wildwood Canyon State Park in Yucaipa CA, which I wrote about in this initial March visit and this other March hike to Hunt Ranch.
Great place – no one there on a Monday late morning.
It had rained a couple nights prior so parts of the trails were moist – which attracted many butterflies getting minerals. I previously wrote about butterflies and puddle parties.
Lesson learned…. if you’re thinking about a short trek to a wild area – do it!
Southern California has over 212 species of butterflies. According to San Diego entomologist and butterfly expert Michael Klein this is prime butterfly time.
I had a great time watching the following (plus a few more – Painted Ladies, and a large dark one (Mourning Cloak?) and ever-present Cabbage Whites…)
Of course, click on photo for full view.
And just plain pretty views…
And a surprise reptile on the main trail on the way back….