We had a great run starting on the Bear Valley OHV Trail, past the recognized largest Western Juniper and up to the Babbitt Peak Fire Lookout. On the way, the road traverses a huge meadow of Wolly Mules Ear, but it was not yet blooming – another few weeks and it will be a spectacular sea of yellow. Our arrival happened to be on the first day of the season that the fire tower was staffed. Shelley Purcer, with her dog Betsy, has been the primary lookout at Babbitt Peak for years and she does a great job of helping to keep us safe. She’s been credited many times by the USFS for calling in fires allowing for quick containment. We recommend making the trip up to the tower – it’s worth the drive and while you’re there give Shelley a big “thanks”!