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).

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Although I haven’t seen any reports yet, the Blair valleys south of Borrego Springs might be a good place to look for flowers — and avoid “flowergeddon.” The roads — especially the Montezuma Valley Road (Highway S-22) route — have been clogged as it seems all of Southern California is heading out to see what’s being called a “super bloom.”

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Explore San Diego County's backroads, beaches, mountains and deserts with Joyride Guru® and award-winning author Jack Brandais. Make them your San Diego day trip.