Saturday, June 8, 2013

A Gorgeous Day At Idyllwild National Park

Getting on the trail
Over spring break we visited Idyllwild National Park.  Idyllwild is on top of a huge mountain so it took us a while to get to the top. We had to drive through a windy road through beautiful terrains.  When we finally arrived we decided to go to the visitor center.  In the park there are many tall rocks that you can stand on and see the view below you.  After walking for an hour, we decided to take a break.  While we rested, my brother Michael caught tiny green butterflies that were perched on the leaves.  We trekked to the top of the hill to the visitors center.  

1st butterfly Michael caught
There was a guide there with a Native American class, and he told us that we could tag along. What was so fascinating about this class was that their ancestors the Cahuilla Indians lived there.  At the beginning of the hike, we visited some holes that the Indians made to grind acorns in.  It took 100 years to dig one inch. Therefore one of the holes was 900 years old!  Wow!  These ancient holes have not been used for about 200 years.  

The beautiful green butterfly up close
Then we went on to look at a tree that had been struck by lightning more than one time in the same place.  The tree had perished and there is a big hole going through it so you could see the sky.  The next tree we saw was called Ponderosa Pine and the bark was scented like vanilla ice-cream.  After we finished the hike, we had to go all the way back to our car.  Still feeling jovial we sang many different songs.  It was the most gorgeous day you could ever imagine!

900 year old Cahuilla Indian hole

Ha Ha we're taller than you!
Taking a break

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  1. Dear MIRIAM !
    What interesting news we*ve read about the
    Idyllwild National Park. Beautiful pictures,
    the news about the holes and how they were made
    are amazing.
    Keep educating us! We have so much fun reading
    your posts.
    Love you grands Mila & Isay

    1. @Baba Mila and Deda Isay,

      Thank you for leaving me a wonderful comment. I had a lot of fun hiking at Idyllwild Park. I agree, those holes were incredible. I hope you visit soon!


  2. Dear Miriam,
    Very interesting post, I always enjoy reading and learning new things and new places.
    It's very good that you took a guided tour, this way you can really understand the area, people and you will learn how people lived hundreds years ego.
    The pictures are so good that sometimes I think you took a photography class.
    Love you,
    Grandma Tanya and Grandpa Eugene


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