|Blueblossom image from Wikipedia.|
One of the joys of living in Silicon Valley is the closeness of nature. Yes, I live and work in an urban setting, surrounded by tilt-up buildings, swarmed by software engineers, venture capitalists, and startups. But nearby—very nearby—one can disappear into the hills and trails of the Santa Cruz mountains. You also don’t need to travel very far to see some truly spectacular scenery.
One of the glories of springtime are the springtime flowers that erupt everywhere. (Yes, another flower question! But this time there’s an interesting twist.)
I’m especially fond of a flowering bush that’s called “blueblossom.” It’s also called the “California lilac” because it looks a little like a regular lilac (which is in the family Syringa) and smells a LOT like a lilac. The scent is positively heady when you walk through large stands of the blueblossom.
Not far from Mountain View is a state park known as Montaña De Oro. It’s near the college town of San Luis Obispo on the central California coast. It’s absolutely one of my favorite places to visit (both the town and the state park).
But I wonder:
Where can I find blueblossoms blossoming in Montaña De Oro State Park?
(I want to see this specific species of blueblossom in bloom. I don’t need the lat/long, although that would be good. Just a general location in the park.)
I warn you—this can be a tricky problem. Probably more difficult than last week’s. So don’t spend more than 20 minutes or so on it. Once you figure out the method, you’ll be able to answer this question quickly. (And you’ll know instantly that this is the way to solve all such challenges.)
As always, please write your proposed answer in the comments field below, noting HOW you found the answer AND how long it took you to figure it out.