The Lilacs of Lee Vining

Lilacs in Lee Vining

May is lilac season in Lee Vining. Until last year and this, I had not visited Lee Vining in mid-May, and I had not noticed that there are hundreds of lilacs all over town—in front yards, back yards, along fences … everywhere.

Lilacs in Lee Vining

Lilacs in Lee Vining

Lilacs in Lee Vining

Lilacs in Lee Vining

Lilacs in Lee Vining

Lilacs in Lee Vining

Lilacs in Lee Vining

The common ornamental lilac is Syringa vulgaris, a member of the the olive family (Oleaceae), native to the Balkan Peninsula.

 


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Pinnacles Rain Camp: Hollister and San Juan Bautista

Hollister

Rain was intermittent the day after our excursion to New Idria Road, so we looked around Hollister for a while. There’s a lot of good public art on an near San Benito Street.

Hollister

Hollister

Hollister

Hollister

Well, here’s one place that could do with a mural or two.

Next stop: San Juan Bautista.

San Juan Bautista

San Juan Bautista

San Juan Bautista

San Juan BautistaSan Juan Bautista

San Juan Bautista

Among the displays in the museum at Mission San Juan Bautista is a case of memorabilia from the 1958 Alfred Hitchcock film Vertigo, in which the mission and its grounds were featured prominently. Here we see a poster of Kim Novak and Jimmy Stewart smooching beside, um, a death mask of the director?

San Juan Bautista

 


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Pinnacles Rain Camp: New Idria Road

Pinnacles Camp

Oooh, it’s going to rain most of next week, let’s go camping! Of course, nobody knew this was going to be a rain week (3rd week in March) back when the annual Photo Boyz Adventure venue was moved from Sugarloaf Ridge State Park (much of which burned last October) to Pinnacles National Park. But this is California, where in spite of the 2016-17 mega-winter, we’ve come to expect drought conditions most of the time.

New Idria Road

So the first full day, instead of hiking in the rain, we took a drive out along New Idria Road, through the remote and scenic valleys and hills of central San Benito County.

New Idria Road

New Idria Road

New Idria Road

New Idria Road

New Idria Road  New Idria Road

But we didn’t make it to New Idria. Just beyond this point the road became muddy and looked unsafe, so we turned around and headed back the way we came . . .

New Idria Road

Panoche Inn

. . . and enjoyed lunch at the Panoche Inn.

Pinnacles CampLater, back at camp, the fire was well protected from the downpour by a photographer’s studio umbrella.

 


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