"This is a good reminder for visitors to stick to the trail and avoid the vegetated areas where ticks like to hang out," said Evan Jones, the chief ranger for the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.
Park rangers thought poppies had peaked last week, but nature had other plans. There are still no carpets of orange, but for wildflower enthusiasts there's reason to celebrate at the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve:
The way the California Poppy Reserve looked last year, shown in the above photo, has unfortunately not been a sight so far this year. State Park officials for the popular springtime destination in the western end of the Mojave...
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