SO BE FREE - 1998

SO BE FREE #3

March 26 - 29, 1998  

UC James San Jacinto Mountains Reserve


The third year was at the UC James San Jacinto Mountains Reserve, yet another unit of the UC Natural Reserve System. It has a lab/dorm complex and has immediate access to an incredible variety of habitats ranging from low desert with palm oases through chaparral to oak/pine woodlands and mixed conifers, along one spectacular road, the Palms to Pines Highway (Hwy. 74) from Palm Desert to Idyllwild. We collected specimens aimed towards generating a list of bryophytes for the Reserve itself, as well as an interesting new satellite reserve, the Oasis de los Osos, nearby at the base of the San Jacinto Mountains, north of Palm Springs. No comet, but after the El Niño-caused rains this year, the wildflower displays were spectacular, and the coldest cold front of the season covered the mountain with snow down to 2000 ft. on our last day there.

Our Fearless Leader, Brent Mishler, is temporarily possessed by the benevolent spirit of the Marah.

The abundant rainfall this year made for many interesting wet places.

Clayton gets a helpful hand in the right direction!

A coffee fern - Pellea andromidifolia

Looking at aquatic bryophytes at a waterfall in Oasis