There is an area on top of one of the local buttes called Table Mountain. The rock is very close to the surface, so the water doesn't drain and there is only a thin layer of dirt. It's windy most of the time. In Spring the wildflower display is spectacular - blue dicks, monkey flowers, lupines, poppies, butter cups, lewisia, violets, and many more I cannot name. All the varieties are dwarfed. (You can click on the picture to see today's snapshots.)
Today was a beautiful day and we are having an early, warm Spring, so we went for a drive up to Table Mountain, between Chico and Oroville, CA, on Cherokee road. Others had the same idea, including an antique car club. The geezers weren't interesting in wondering around in the fields. They just sat in the parking lot and partied. Lots of people did venture away from the parking area into the fields. We ran into somebody I work with at the library! Once again, Chico proves to be a small town.