Leaders: Joe Young, Stag Brown
Eight hikers met in Idyllwild for the sixteenth annual first Sunday in June hike with Stag. It turned out to be a warmish day, so we were glad that this was an easy hike with the uphill portion of the hike strictly in the morning.
Joe led an aerobic 2.3 miles up the Deer Springs Trail to the junction with the trail to Suicide. As hard as he tried, he was unable to shake the likes of Mars Bonfire and Bobcat Thompson. We arrived at the summit, with 13 years worth of registers, at 11:15 am. At noon we left the summit, arriving back at the vehicles at about 1:30 pm. Stag led the descent.
Seven of us reconvened at Señor Rubens in Idyllwild for post-hike revelry. Señor Rubens has recently changed ownership. Service was excellent and everyone was satisfied with their choice for lunch. Since we had arrived a few minutes before 2:00 pm, Sunday brunch was still available, and Stag took advantage of it. For $7.95 brunch includes a buffet and champagne. After lunch the new owner chatted with us and told us about some changes he intended to make. He also recounted his experience working in restaurants, mostly in Orange County. He plans to change the name of the restaurant to Arriba. Please check it out when hiking in the Idyllwild area. The restaurant is located across the street from the Ranger Station.