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Hours Per Mile: Slow Down and Be Thankful for the Nature Around You

Measure your outdoor adventures by hours per mile . Spending time on our trails has always been a needed outlet — even when the specter of a pandemic was not looming over our everyday activities. But as people seek a way to get away from it all, bigger crowds have appeared in our California open spaces, with mixed results. Trails have been more crowded than I remember. Social distancing is hit-and-miss. Trash piles up from the crowds and the many newcomers to our trails. Courtesy to others is not always the default. Mask up, mask down, no mask, who yields? Do you move off the trail or thank those who extend courtesy to you? Things are so different on the trails! A Mariposa Lilly at the Rush Creek Trailhead in the Inyo National Forest. Photo: George Sherman Always Blooming But the one thing that has not changed is the plants that bloom every year and the pollinators (birds, bees, butterflies, moths, etc.) who visit them. Winter rains bring about the largest number of blooming plants — so much so that most people assume flowers only grow in the spring. The influx of flowers is so great that we have massive quantities of migratory pollinators that follow the wave of spring from Mexico to Canada, working alongside the pollinators that live here year-round. Spring flowers fade, migratory pollinators move north, but local pollinators need to get through summer, fall and winter. As a result, there are a variety of flowers […]

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Hours Per Mile: Slow Down and Be Thankful for the Nature Around You

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Measure your outdoor adventures by hours per mile . Spending time on our trails has always been a needed outlet — even when the specter of a pandemic was not looming over our everyday activities. But as people seek a way to get away from it all, bigger crowds have appeared in our California open spaces, with mixed results. Trails have been more crowded than I remember. Social distancing is hit-and-miss. Trash piles up from the crowds and the many newcomers to our trails. Courtesy to others is not always the default. Mask up, mask down, no mask, who yields? Do you move off the trail or thank those who extend courtesy to you? Things are so different on the trails! A Mariposa Lilly at the Rush Creek Trailhead in the Inyo National Forest. Photo: George Sherman Always Blooming But the one thing that has not changed is the plants that bloom every year and the pollinators (birds, bees, butterflies, moths, etc.) who visit them. Winter rains bring about the largest number of blooming plants — so much so that most people assume flowers only grow in the spring. The influx of flowers is so great that we have massive quantities of migratory pollinators that follow the wave of spring from Mexico to Canada, working alongside the pollinators that live here year-round. Spring flowers fade, migratory pollinators move north, but local pollinators need to get through summer, fall and winter. As a result, there are a variety of flowers […]

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