Poppy Super BOOM

Mar 13, 2017

We are grateful to Ralph DeFelice of DayTripsLA for more stunning photography.

Ralph and his kids found a “poppy super BOOM,” as he calls it, in Walker Canyon, Lake Elsinore.

This year’s California poppy boom may be found about 62+ miles south of us, down along the I-15 between Alberhill and Lake Elsinore. Though the hillsides of poppies (officially known as Eschscholzia California) may be seen from the highway, exit Lake Street in Aberhill and enjoy an immersive experience.

WonderMondo says unequivocally, “some of the most beautiful poppy meadows in Southern California are located north of Lake Elsinore.”

Both sides of the road are desolate hills for most… of the year… nearly lifeless. But in the spring—in late February through April—there happens (a) miraculous change—grayish hills become covered with large, bright colored patches of wildflowers. Even more beautiful sights open to those who spend some time and effort to walk uphill. Vast meadows continue to the north, to Camelot Hills, and to the south.



And for something in the visually-opposite direction, Ralph took his kids to the Vasquez Rocks Nature Area…



The Vasquez Rocks Nature Area is an official California landmark and historical site. Find information on its Facebook page here and at



Ralph DeFelice:

I’m a single dad living in Pasadena with my two kids, a 5 yo girl and a 8 yo boy. I grew up in Upstate NY fishing, camping, exploring, and getting lost in the woods with my family. My dad led us on some nuts trips in the Adirondacks and Montana, and I loved it. I’ve spent some time going on adventures myself. In my previous life, I was a marine biologist living in Hawaii. My job was to scuba dive and go on research trips. Now I’m a marketing director sitting in an office all day, far from the ocean.

I’m restless and I’m a daydreamer. I’m a scientist and explorer at heart, and as cliche as it sounds, I love to learn. And since I’d rather put a sharp stick in my eye than sit through a little kid soccer game on a hot So Cal day, I take my kids on adventures instead. Beach, mountains, museums. Surfing, fishing, kayaking, camping, whatever. California is amazing, and there’s no end to things to see and places to go.

I never thought I’d live in LA. I’m not a city kid, and I don’t want my kids to be city kids. Despite living in this sprawling metropolis with horrid traffic, I’ve learned that there’s no excuse not to just get up and go. To unplug, get out of the house, get outside. Within a two-hour radius, there is so much to do and see. Within an eight-hour radius, there is a lifetime of discovery.

To read details of all these trips—and be inspired for your own adventures—visit

Follow DeFelice on Instagram@daytripsla.


More Day Trips L. A.…
Land Really Is the Best Art—Andy Warhol, February 28, 2017
Mammoth SNOW, February 19, 2017
Biking in the San Gabriel Mountains, February 6, 2017
Water… Summer!, June 12, 2016
Foggy, May 22, 2016
Winter, February 17, 2016
More DeFelice, November 16, 2015
On the Beach: So Long Summer, September 13, 2015
Rock, Mountains, Field, Sky, August 9, 2015
Day Trips L. A., May 12, 2015
Getting Out There, August 19, 2014



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