Someone had asked me why I have said in my blog, on many occasions, "a friend of mine," without identifying them. This made me realize that some people reading this blog might not realize that this is completely deliberate.
I'm now at the house of my friends who live in Idyllwild, CA. Idyllwild is a small town in the mountains of Southern California – southeast of LA, and northeast of San Diego. It's incredibly beautiful – although very dry. I hadn't known about how dry it is in the summer, as I've only been up here in February, my prior traditional visit month. That's the rainy season.