Relict Species: The Elephant Tree

Relict: N. A remnant or survivorSpecies: N. A distinct sort or kindBursera microphylla                Perhaps you’ve had that odd experience where you say a word enough times that it seems to become stranded from its regular associations. When that happens, a common word like “banana” or “toast” suddenly stops representing a thing or a concept and becomes …

Mountain Palm Springs

Not to be confused with the far more fabulous Palm Springs in the Coachella Valley, this series of palm-studded oasis features a moderate meandering through several California fan palm groves, a campground, and a rare grove of the bizarre elephant tree, also known as "torote" in Spanish.Distance: 2.5 MilesElevation Gained: 500'Difficulty: EasyTime: 1:30Critters: All kinds …