Backcountry beautiful; no desert trip needed

Our backcountry has exploded in color, so there’s no need to go to the desert to see beautiful flowers and green mountains.

Drive to Sunrise Highway, Old Highway 80, Palomar, Rancho Santa Fe, Cuyamaca, Julian and Couser Canyon where you’ll see flowers ranging from the California Poppy to Wild Mustard (reportedly scattered by the Spanish explorers to mark their route four centuries ago).

A quick way to find these places for a great San Diego day trip? Pick up a copy of Joyrides Around San Diego on your way out of town. It’s available at several Barnes and Noble locations; a quick check of the B&N website found it in stock at the Costa Verde/UTC (NEW!), Escondido, Grossmont Center, Mira Mesa and Rancho Bernardo locations.

Versions are available for download instantly through Amazon Kindle. Each chapter is just $2.99, but free for Kindle Unlimited members.

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