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Trouble In Bloom

It’s been an uncharacteristically rainy winter in California. Not a bad thing, as we natives know we’re always just a bad year or two from a big drought. The rain also produces wildflower “super blooms” in various remote locales around the state, including in the poppy-laden hills around the tiny Southern California town of Lake Elsinore. But with the crazy beauty of the flowers comes something locals could do without – “Disneyland size crowds” of picture-snapping tourists. Massive traffic, numerous reports of bad tourist behavior and a grossly overworked city staff later, the town had had enough. As the Washington Post reports, the “poppy apocalypse” grew so big that Lake Elsinore city leaders cut off access to their famous fields. And with more rain on the way, they might have to stay closed for a long time.

 

-- By RICH EHISEN