The copious amount of rain this past winter in California has led to incredible super blooms all over the state. Many of the well known spots have been trampled by social media flare up creating hoard of visitors with fewer facilities than can accommodate. Unfortunately as these spots grow in popularity, the flowers get crushed and the beautiful scenery is ruined. I had intended to go this spring but after reading about the overwhelming amounts of tourists, I chose the smaller scale variety show, opting to witness the sweet blooms flaunt their brilliance close to home. And I haven’t been disappointed. One of my favorite spots right now is to head out to Elliot Nature Preserve aka Cascade Canyon trail in Fairfax where the rocky creeks are perfectly flowing. Keep your eyes along the sidelines and see all of natures bounty. Today when I went, I saw the first wild irises popping out- white and purple perfection. To get there drive to the end of Cascade Drive and make sure to park along the dirt (mud now!) and not to stick out onto the pavement or risk a ticket…and dogs are required to be on leash (unfortunately– if they’re well behaved like Murphy 😉 ) and beware because a friend of mine just got warned for not having her dog on leash and they’re out there watching on occasion.