Today I checked-out of the Strawberry Creek Inn bed and breakfast, where I had a fantastic time getting to know Rodney and Ian (the innkeepers), as well as many of the guests. It’s always fun talking with new people about the places they enjoy traveling and staying. Rodney and Ian are two of the most hospitably innkeepers you’ll come across, and, they have a fascinating background. Rodney used to be a mathematician and musician (don’t ask me how someone could be so efficient with both sides of their brain). Ian spent 25 years as a pediatric nurse, and, actually still works part time at a hospital in Riverside, CA.
After checking-out, and not yet done with Idyllwild, I checked-in to Rodney and Ian’s sister property…the Strawberry Creek Bunkhouse. The Bunkhouse is a small upscale motel of sorts, with two separate cabins on the property offering sweeping views of the forest and small creek below.
After getting settled at the Bunkhouse I decided to take a hike on one of the vast number of trails in and around Idyllwild. After getting some suggestions from Holly (one of the innkeepers here at the Bunkhouse) I opted for a hike that would provide some great views of local landmarks, as well as dense forest and spots of running water.
Before I headed to the Ernie Maxwell trail-head, I purchased a sandwich at a local shop and stuffed it into my backpack. After reaching the end of the trail and turning around, I found a great spot to hang my ENO hammock (I never hike without it). While I was enjoying my sandwich and the views, a hiker (Steve) came upon me and struck up a conversation. We soon discovered that we had a much to talk about…I figure we spent nearly two hours conversing, some of which was as we hiked together back to the trail-head. I learned that Steve also shares a love of travel and has been all over the world as a sound technician for many of the most popular bands out there.
Steve, if you read this…thanks for stopping…it was great to have met you!