Photo by Neil Jordan

Idyllwild rocks

“Belay on,” “Off belay,” “Belay off.” A strange conjugation in a foreign language? Perhaps to some, but not to climbers. Hike up to the base of Tahquitz Rock or Suicide Rock on any week-end and you’ll hear these calls echoing off the pure, sensuous granite walls that make up this internationally known and revered climbing area. Some of these calls will be mine.
Photos from the Idyllwild Town Crier archives.

A dam impressive feat

It’s invisible from the highway. But without it there would be no Lake Hemet. For 119 years Hemet Dam, a landmark that once merited “wonder of the world” status, has blocked the only exit for runoff from Garner Valley and its surrounding slopes. Its story recalls the early years of America’s attempts to industrialize Mother Nature.
Camping at Lake Hemet. 
Photo by John Pacheco

24 hours in Idyllwild

Whether you’ve planned your 24 hours in Idyllwild to escape the blistering desert heat or simply because you need a change of scenery, you’ve chosen well.
Straftofd Players Todd Fowler, Debbie Overman, Preston Sparks and Barbara Rayless rehearse. 
Photo by Marshall Smith

Stratford Players to stage Tony winning play

The Stratford Players has been awarded the rights to perform the 2013 Tony Winner, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” in July of this year. Artistic Director, Marsha Kennedy said, “It’s fresh from the Mark Taper Forum, so we’d like to get the word out about it.”
Pinkie Meringue Shimmer

Pinkie’s Big Gay Column

I want to send out a big thank you to the hard-working people that have put this magazine together and for asking me to do a column. Most of you know who I am, Pinkie Meringue Shimmer. I am a full time resident of Idyllwild since 2012, my partner and I also have a lovely little home in the desert.
Photo by Halie Wilson

Wine 101: Developing Idyll Awhile’s portfolio

In November 2011, my wife, Julie, and I started a brand new adventure. After being a public school teacher for 26 years, I convinced my wife we should pursue another common interest. Ok, probably my interest, more mine than hers. So, we started our journey into the world of wine and running a business.
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Fresh, fun family recipes

In 1989, Manuel and Margarita Garcia started a little restaurant called La Casita in a small town called Idyllwild. Five years later, Robert Garcia, the nephew of Manuel and Margarita, was asked to help out as busboy in the restaurant.