We celebrated Memorial Day by raising the flag, then packing a picnic lunch and heading for the nearby high country of Rucker Canyon. It was beautiful up amidst the oaks and pines, and virtually empty in spite of the holiday and comfortable temperatures in the low to mid 80s. Best of all, we didn't have to drive on pavement until the very last leg of the loop trip, after we came down out of the mountains and into the San Bernardino Valley. The old XTerra has a lot of miles on it, but it likes the dirt.
Here are a couple of shots taken in the Canyon.
Finally, at home in the summer we see a lot of our favorite dragonflies, called orange skimmers (for obvious reasons). So far this year we've only seen a couple, but at the base of an old dam in the mountains, skimming some stagnant pools, were several, including one who kindly posed for the camera.