Inland Southern California


© Pat Murkland

When I was leaving the Gilman Historic Ranch & Wagon Museum in Banning, CA, I enjoyed this classic view:
A field of California poppies blooming in front of snow-capped San Jacinto Peak.

History and Horseradish


Pat Murkland Photo

Updated, 2016:
This roadside horseradish stand was the last of its kind in Banning, CA.
Visiting Hal was like stepping back in time.
I wrote about this for patch.com. Hal made his own handmade horseradish, and his roadside stand was all that remained of the era when roadside businesses flourished along the old highway through Banning. Hal has closed his business now, and our holiday dinners will never be the same. 

Plein Air Everywhere



I had a lot of fun writing this article about the Riverside Plein-Air Artists' sixth annual Paintout.
Photos are by Carlos Puma, for his former news website.