A short one, unfortunately. Time constraints. Gotta work tonight. So we drove through the Badlands, into Banning. From there, we took the Banning-Idyllwild Panoramic Highway.
It'll be a long time before I do that again ... one of the twistiest, windiest roads I've ever voluntarily driven on. But it is beautiful, and I'm glad I did it. Did I mention that I'm terrified of heights and mountain driving? We got there, going about 35 MPH up the whole mountain.
Idyllwild is interesting - an isolated, artsy little tourist trap. We stopped to rest at a little coffeeshop, then browsed through the junk stores. I found a postcard(!) and even a post office to mail it from(!). I didn't get all that many pictures - I didn't feel safe stopping most places on the road, most sightseeing points in the national forest required a pass, and there wasn't a ton to see actually in Idyllwild.
Maybe when I actually get the guts to go up that hill again, I'll buy a forest pass and go exploring a little more thoroughly.
The trip down wasn't as bad - windy, but not as steep. We went down the other side of the hill into Hemet, and up the valley to get home.
View from the upper level of a store in the center of town.
Michael glaring at me from a coffee shop patio. Makes me all nostalgic.
Just in case I forgot where i was ...
This was a mild section of road, believe me.
What can I say? The view was awesome.
I think I'm going to have to have more adventures soon, gas prices be damned.